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1920s Broadway show costumes back on view in Boca

The biggest Broadway show costume collection in the country is in Boca and the latest exhibit reopens Thursday May 28.

The Wick Costume Museum’s docent tour comes with a luncheon in their Tavern on the Green replica and an optional cabaret.

“We had already decided this exhibit would be up for two seasons. It’s so popular and so much fun. People learn how to do the Charleston,” curator Kimberly Wick said about “The Roaring Twenties.”

The museum features revolving exhibits from 85 Broadway show wardrobes, 1,000 costumes and props from movies and vintage. The entrance is separate from the Wick Theatre at 7901 N. Federal Highway.

The museum will scale back tours to accommodate social distancing and limit them to 20 guests, Wick said. Patrons pay in advance, so there’s no box office transaction. The cost is $53 for the tour and three-course luncheon or $63 with the cabaret at 561-995-2333 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

“Guests will only be seated with the people the come with and tables are more than 6 feet apart,” she said.

This exhibit includes gowns from Angela Lansbury’s wardrobe from “Mame,” and costumes from 11 Broadway shows including “Cabaret” and “Chicago.”

“We’re celebrating 100 years of women’s right to vote, so we have suffragettes,” Wick said. “There’s a mix of vintage and pieces from shows in that section and we pay homage to ‘Titanic.’ There are beautiful costumes replicating Coco Chanel from the ‘20s, Erte designs and costumes Gloria Swanson wore in ‘An American Wife.’ There are 30 vintage costumes from the Prohibition era.” Think flappers.

The tour takes about an hour and patrons  see backstage and the theater from the stage. From there, they’re seated for lunch and can stay for cabaret. “This can be a birthday party and an opportunity for a community to get together to take the whole room,” Wick said. “Snowbirds are still here and it’s so nice to have something that’s safe and entertaining.”

The Wick theater still plans to feature Cindy Williams in “Nunsense” Sept. 10 to Oct. 4. when state reopening plans phase back productions. Until then, the Wick is planning a 6 p.m. June 4 cabaret and dinner in the lobby, Wick said.

By Marci Shatzman


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