It's probably possible to do musical theater in a minimalist way,without costumes.
But "The King and I" is not the same without the voluminous ballgowns, just like "My Fair Lady" doesn't sing without Eliza'sragamuffin wear or formal transformation.
The brand-new Wick Theatre and Costume Museum celebrates the magicof musicals and the glittering threads that become their owncharacter. With its grand opening Thursday, here are five reasonsyou should want to know about it:
1. The Wick Theatre (the costume museum opens in November), islocated in the former Caldwell Theater in Boca Raton. The Wickfamily, a leading provider of theatrical costumes for productionsin the U.S., revived the venue as a way to promote musical theater.It's also a way to display their large collection of originalBroadway costumes, including those from the aforementioned shows,as well as "42nd Street," "Once Upon A Mattress" and more.
2. The museum came about because "three years ago, we opened ourwarehouse and started offering tours for people to come see" thecostumes, executive vice president Kimberly Wick explains. "TheCity of Pompano wasn't happy with us, so when the Caldwell(building) came on the radar, we decided 'Why not reopen it as amusical theater venue, put the museum in the back and then have tworevenue streams to support the folks who love Broadway theater andlove the wardrobe!"
3. Tours at the new Wick will also offer a behind-the-scenes look"at the backstage dressing area, all the bells and whistles thatpeople don't usually get to see. And we have a cafe that recreatesTavern On The Green. That space gets a lot of oohs and aahs," Wicksays.
4. The theater won't exclusively do musicals, but will at leastinitially focus on them this season, with the exception of "SteelMagnolias." Wick says that "there are many, many wonderful,professional, cutting-edge theater companies in the tri- countyarea, who do beautiful dramatic work, so for us to compete didn'tmake sense when there aren't a lot of musical theater houses. Ourclients are so delighted that they don't have to travel 60 miles tosee a show and get home at midnight."
5. The opening show, "The Sound of Music," was a natural, because"everyone loves it. For us, and for my mother (president andfounder Marilyn Wick), it's a dream. She was a teacher in her earlycareer, and she loves the idea of getting children and young peopleback into theater. So many of our guests have said 'Do you mind ifbring my daughter or son?' We want them to be there, to get thefull community involved. It's not just for seniors or kids. It'sfor everybody!" she says.
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IF YOU GO
What: The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum
When: Opens Thursday with "The Sound of Music" at 2:30 and 7:30p.m.
Where: 7901 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton.
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