West Side Story. Photo by JF.
I love Broadway, and I confess that I had a lot of expectations when I got invited to visit the Museum of Broadway. It exceeds all my expectations, it’s everything I thought it’ll be and more if you love Broadway as I do, you’ll absolutely love to visit the Museum of Broadway.
As I arrived I was greeted by the great staff who guided me to the third floor where the experience started, if you can I would like to recommend you take the stairs up, you’ll see something extra that is worth it, but if you can’t you can take the elevator, the museum is accessibility friendly.
On the third floor, the experience started with a movie about the History of Theater in New York from the 1700s to these days, it was a theater class watching this video. Then we started our journey to the beautiful halls of the museum, so many stunning pieces of the best productions of Broadway are on display, I have to mention that it was my first time seeing a Tony Award Trophy so close, not just one, but many Tony’s especially on ‘The Producers’ area there are 12 Tony Award Trophies to see.
I got emotional so many times during my visit to the museum, I would like to highlight the photos of Liza Minnelli, Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, and of the most iconic actors in the History of Broadway; the Stephen Sondheim puzzle on the wall; the costumes from Hamilton, The Phantom of the Opera, Cabaret, Hair, Annie, Cats; the stages of West Side Story, The Producers, Company, The Lion King, Rent, Wicked; Chicago have a new exhibition on display now ALL THAT JAZZ: The Legacy of CHICAGO the Musical; the red boots of Kinky boots, and the iconic glove of MJ: The Musical; and the list goes on and on.
The experience is immersive, you can dive backstage to see how used to be, and how it is these days, you can learn how a Broadway production is made from the producers and actors to the staff’s views, and you can see videos with speeches from legendary actors, directors, and producers.
It was absolutely delightful, the whole experience takes 90 minutes for a normal person to do, but I took my time, I walked in before 4 PM and left at 6 PM, and I want more, I have to go back, see you soon Museum of Broadway.