The Museum of Broadway is turning lemons into lemonade, adding artifacts from several recently closed productions to their collection. Beginning March 7, the museum will feature Harold Hill's suitcase from the Hugh Jackman- and Sutton Foster-led revival of The Music Man, carried by Jackman in the show; Usher's hat from A Strange Loop, worn onstage by Tony nominee Jaquel Spivey; a Beetlejuice costume from Beetlejuice, worn by Alex Brightman; and a Baker's Wife costume from Into the Woods, worn by Sara Bareilles.
Also joining the collection are Bob Fosse's 1978 Tony Award for Dancin', spurs worn by Tom Wopat in the 1999 revival of Annie Get Your Gun, a replica of Alan Jay Lerner's annotated script for the original 1960 production of Camelot, a hat worn by Dale Soules in The Magic Show, a wig worn by Tovah Feldshuh in Golda's Balcony, and a ukulele signed by Matthew Broderick and Kelli O'Hara from Nice Work if You Can Get It.
March 7 will also see the debut of some updates to the David Rockwell-designed "Making of a Broadway Show" exhibit. The stage management booth will now feature a video of Aladdin stage management calling cues for "Friend Like Me" while also showing the calling script, allowing visitors to follow along. The museum is also adding an AR experience that allows guests to transform themselves into characters from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in a special mirror, featuring hair and make-up designed by Carole Hancock.
Get a first look at the Museum of Broadway's newest artifacts below:
The first-of-its-kind Museum of Broadway opened in New York City November 15, 2022. The multi-floor museum, located in the heart of Manhattan's theatre district, highlights more than 500 individual productions from the 1700s to the present.
The team of curators for The Museum of Broadway is headed by Ben West and also includes Jennifer Ashley Tepper, John Kenrick, Faye Armon-Troncoso, Lisa Zinni, and Michael McDonald.
Artists who have designed rooms and exhibits within the museum include Ulli Böhmelmann, Tony-winning scenic designer Bunny Christie, multimedia artist Paul Clay, painter Ann Marie Coolick, calligrapher Ryoko Goldston, muralist Harley and J, installation artist HotxTea, Neka King, magician and crossword constructor David Kwong, neon artist Jianhe Li, Tony-nominated scenic designer Anna Louizos, Tony-winning scenic designer Derek McLane, fine artist Rachel Marks, visual artist and author Debbie Millman, interactive street artist Kelsey Montague, creative director Ryan Ratelle, designer Sam Ratelle, Tony-winning scenic designer and architect David Rockwell, visual artist Liz West, and illustrator Ty Wilson.
The Museum also features work from Emmy-winning illustrator I. Javier Ameijeiras (Rent Live!), neon artist Dani B, Tony nominee Robert Fairchild (An American in Paris), Drama Desk-winning scenic designer David Korins (Hamilton), choreographer Julio Monge (West Side Story), and dancer Tanairi Vazquez (West Side Story).
The Museum of Broadway is founded by Tony-winning producer Julie Boardman and Rubik Marketing's Diane Nicoletti. Elie Landau serves as the general manager.
For tickets, visit TheMuseumofBroadway.com.