Marilynn Wick rescued Boca’s only Equity theater from bulldozers. Her huge Broadway costume collection is on view here, not in New York or Vegas.
But no one outside of her own circles noticed what Wick has done since for actors or audiences. Until now.
“This is the first time I’ve be honored,” Wick said at Sunday’s National Society of Arts and Letters’ Star Maker Awards.
She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Florida East Coast chapter president Judi Asselta.
Wick started as a costume designer for stars like Yul Brynner, producer Shari Upbin, immediate past former president said in her intro.
Now the CEO, she morphed into owning Costume World stores. “We started with five Santa Claus costumes,” Wick said.
Then she started buying up Broadway show wardrobes. By 2005 it took 15 tractor trailers to transport them to Florida.
So when the Caldwell Theater went belly up, she saw it as the perfect place to display the collection, kept in a Pompano warehouse.
“They wanted $12 million for the building,” at 7901 N. Federal Highway, Wick said. In March 2013, she talked the owners into renting with an option to buy.
“It was a risk. We promised the bank we would open with a musical,” she said.
In September 2013, the Wick Theatre and Costume Museum opened with a production of “The Sound of Music.”
In April 2016, Wick bought the theater. [Her banker was at the opening night for “Crazy for You.”]
After the run of “Always…Patsy Cline” on May 19, the theater starts its seventh season.
Wick’s credited with providing countless jobs for performers. In April, dancer auditions were held for “Evita.”
Now executive managing producer, Wick attributes the theater’s success to the business acumen of her daughters Kelly and Kimberly, her donors and subscribers.
With 1 million costumes to exhibit in themed shows, Kimberly Wick is vice president and museum curator.
She was there Sunday night with Wick supporters like philanthropists Marleen Forkas, Myrna Gordon Skurnick and Boca Symphonia president Carole Boucard.
Wick gave a shoutout to her longtime associate Jan McArt, former Boca theater owner now Lynn University’s theater impresario.
“Live the life you love. If you do, everything will come to you,” Wick said.
By Marci Shatzman