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On April 28, Marilynn Wick will sign a $5 million mortgage and take formal possession of the former Caldwell Theatre building, heralding the beginning of a new phase of The Wick Theatre.
2015 produced a wild variety of snapshots to paste in the theatrical scrapbooks: a male Dolly Levi, a homicidal dimwit slicing carrots, a kidnapper forcing her captives to learn nonsense, a tsunami engulfing a Japanese village, a green-gunked survivor of toxic sludge singing love songs to his blind librarian girlfriend. You know, just another year for regional theater in South Florida.
It’s not a drag show. Broadway veteran Lee Roy Reams may become only the second man to play Dolly Levi in a sanctioned production of Hello, Dolly! when it bows this week at The Wick Theatre in Boca Raton, but he is committed to playing it straight.
To answer the question that most folks are wondering after The Wick Theatre’s bow Friday night: Yes, there is a credible, substantial new player in town. The inaugural production of The Sound of Music has the feel of a fully-realized no-excuses production because it is, indeed, a polished, three-dimensional work of theater.
The Wick family doesn’t want to exorcise the Caldwell Theatre; they want to embrace it – and its clientele. An open house Tuesday hosted about 200 former Caldwell patrons seeking a peek ahead of the Sept. 19 opening night of The Sound of Music.
In the wake of shuttered troupes and emerging newcomers, the rising phoenix of the Wick Theatre and Costume Museum in Boca Raton is awash in patrons and professionals’ optimism and pessimism, welcome and suspicion, encouragement and derision. Workers and administrators are racing to transform the site in time for the first performance of The Sound of Music slated for September 19 and the first scheduled museum tour November 5.
Broward-based Costume World plans to open a producing theater company along with its museum at the former Caldwell Theatre building in Boca Raton around September, CEO and President Marilynn Wick confirmed Thursday.