The Museum Club at The Wick Theatre in Boca Raton has tapped, twirled and glided into its 2023-2024 season with the opening of a spectacular new immersive exhibit: Dancing Feet. The Experience, 42nd Street: Celebrating the Art of Dance.
A dramatic 360-degree video presentation showcases numerous dazzling moments of fleet-footed prowess from Broadway’s greatest musicals. The video emphasizes the multiple Tony Award winning smash hit, 42nd Street, featuring commentary from the original star, the legendary Lee Roy Reams.
On display throughout the Museum Club are costumes from both the original 1980 production of 42nd Street and its 2000 revival.
The grand opening of Dancing Feet took place during a Nov. 18 luncheon event that featured a live performance by Reams.
“Dancing Feet. The Experience pays homage to the magic of musical theatre through the lens of the ultimate showbiz musical, 42nd Street,” said Marilynn A. Wick, the theatre’s executive managing producer.
“Dancers, choreographers and the incredible chorus line have always been an integral part of Broadway’s allure,” she noted. “Through this immersive experience, we will bring guests on a toe-tapping journey through Times Square and beyond!”
The 1980 production of 42nd Street won the Tony Award for Best Musical and Best Choreography. Lee Roy Reams, who starred as Billy Lawlor, shares many anecdotes about the musical in the video presentation, including insights about renowned choreographer Gower Champion and his untimely death on day of the show’s Broadway opening.
Reams has had an illustrious career in musical theatre, starring in numerous Broadway shows including The Producers and La Cage Aux Folles. At The Wick, he created a sensation with his role as Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly!
“The Wick is breaking new ground in both entertainment and technology by creating these immersive experiences that both entertain and educate audiences about the history of Broadway,” said Kimberly Wick, museum curator. “As the owners of the largest Broadway costume collection in the nation, we are thrilled to add this innovation as another way to preserve the incredible artistry of our past for generations to come.”
Last year, The Wick Costume Museum underwent a dramatic high-tech transformation, creating a stunning new venue that was rechristened The Museum Club at The Wick. The completely renovated space engaged guests with 360-degree video experiences, historic costume displays, dining and entertainment.
A Massachusetts native who moved to Florida in 2000, he is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, with honors degrees in English and Journalism. In New England, he worked for the Attleboro (Mass.) Sun Chronicle and the Pawtucket (R.I.) Times, the latter for 28 years. After moving to Florida, he worked as a copy editor at the Palm Beach Daily News, and, in 2001, became a reporter and later, city editor, at the Boca
Raton News where he worked for eight years.