Have you been to the Broadway museum?
You know the Broadway Museum, right? That place where you can see costumes from the original production of West Side Story? And sheet music from Candide? And see old TV commercials of Pippin?
And every year, thousands and thousands of tourists go there. After all, seeing a Broadway show is one of the first things on their “to-do in NYC” list, so it only makes sense that they’d go learn a bit more about it at the same time, right? And what about all the students that go to the Broadway Museum, who, as a result, may be more inclined to see more Broadway shows when they are no longer students?
You’ve been, right?
No, you haven’t. Because the truth is, it doesn’t really exist.
But you bet your bottom dollar, it should.
We’ve got a Hall of Fame (it’s in the Gershwin Theatre, in case you missed it, which I’m sure you did because you can’t really get in unless you’re seeing a show at the Gershwin), and I’ve written about my desire for a Broadway Walk of Fame like the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and yes, there is even something called The Theatre Museum started by some very smart folks . . . but I’ve never been there, have you?
It’s time we consolidate all these ideas into one centrally located, industry-supporting, admission charging Broadway Museum. All major cultural influences have ’em, from professional sports to Pez, so why shouldn’t we?
Museums have a bad rap. They’ve got a bad name, and they reek of boredom.
But, they are a way of establishing something as being of serious value to our society. We already know theater has value. But we could use everything we have to help spread that message to the rest of the world.
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