Sorry if this has been posted before. I did a search and found a few sparse threads on it. Any info on why there is not a large space broadway museum yet ? I think it would be a great addition to the theatre district, and it certainly can't be hard to get artifacts and mementos for it. The ideas for exhibits are endless and could change frequently enough that people would be repeat visitors. It seems like the perfect way to kill a few hours in the area while you're waiting to head to a show. Why hasnt this happened? Lack of space? Surely investors would be interested. If there was a Broadway museum, what are some exhibits you'd love to see?
If you've seen "Bright Lights" the Debbie Reynolds & Carrie Fisher documentary, recall that Debbie spent decades trying to get a Hollywood museum established to no success. I'd think that Broadway might be even more difficult.I'm planning on seeing the exhibit at the NY Public Library for the Performing Arts in Lincoln Center on our next visit. I don't know how large it is. https://www.nypl.org/events/exhibitions/curtainup
,,,, and then there's the small but impressive collection in the upper lobby areas of the Gershwin Theater https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Theater_Hall_of_Fame
I think a museum would be fantastic. Think of the exhibits incorporating actual set pieces and costumes. For us Broadway geeks it would be like a pilgrimage to Mecca, though I don't know how much interest there would be beyond that, or at least enough to make it profitable. With so many shows either not recouping or barely breaking even, it's not like a bunch of producers would get together and start this.
And set pieces are not something that they just keep hanging around. Same with props and such...for the most part. Stuff from years gone by is not readily around. Would anyone really care to see Mark's scarf from Rent? Who hasn't seen it... and how would you even know if it was IT? Pictures tell so much more then an exhibit could. I don't really see a huge interest in this. Any space would be limiting as to what could be displayed, and the rent would be insane.
Isn't there that group who want to turn the Times Square Theatre into a museum dedicated to broadway?
The Smithsonian National Museum of American History down in D.C. rotates its exhibits and presentations over time. It would be amazing if they had a limited exhibition of thoroughly researched and archived Broadway and/or American musical theatre (or drama) history. It's just as tantamount to American cultural history as film, food, and other works I've seen there. That would be sensational.
The NYPL at Lincoln Center has some stuff, the original Elphaba dress, Lion King costumes, but it's pretty small. Not really a full out museum
Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't they planning to do something like this with the Hammerstein House in Pennsylvania?
There are so many Broadway artifacts spread out over the country, I wish there was a large museum. Stuff like this is fascinating to me:http://townhall.com/news/entertainment/2012/10/26/vast_broadway_costume_collection_on_display_in_fla
Hope it's fine bumping an old thread, but I'm so excited!!!https://www.forbes.com/sites/marchershberg/2019/05/23/broadway-museum-in-the-works/#68fbe7a0734a
$37.00 a ticket? Nope there are all the collections at the NYPL (Billy Rose Jerome Robbins etc) admittedly light on the props & costumes but not sure how much is actually still around.(also the small collection related to Booth at The Players Club)
This sounds more like Museum of Ice Cream or Mickey: The True Original as opposed to an actual museum, which all charged similar prices.A museum makes sense. Talk about the creative process, rehearsals, performers, sets/costume/prop exhibitions, Tony Awards, and culutural impact. Add in a cafe and bar, a mid-size theatre for events, and a small cabaret setting. Oh, and a kick-ass gift shop. There has to be a space in the theatre district for this, right?
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