By Marvin Glassman, Contributing Reporter
DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA – The Wick Theatre in Boca Raton has been offering dinner cabaret shows highlighting the hit songs from Wick musical theatre productions since June 4th. Yesterday, The Wick became the first venue to offer live entertainment on Father’s Day with a lunch cabaret show that took place on June 21st.
“We are following the guidelines from our Governor that permitted us to open. We know that you are ready and want to see live music and dinner in a safe environment,” said Marilyn Wick, founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Wick Theatre to her audience of 45 patrons on June 6th.
The safe environment did not permit the opening of the 341 seat main stage. Instead, patrons were escorted to the fifteen tables in the venue’s Grand Lobby that were spaced six feet apart for safe distancing.
Upon entering the venue, Wick and her staff wore masks to greet the audience, took the temperature of individuals and escorted patrons to their assigned tables.
Patrons were treated to a lunch prepared by the staff of the venue’s restaurant to a three course meal of Caesar’s salad, a choice of breaded chicken, halibut, veal chops followed by sorbet for dessert, all served by staff with masks and gloves in covered dishes.
During lunch, pianist/singer Michael Masci performed ten hit songs from famed Italian American singers Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Louis Prima and Frank Sinatra.
Masci was also joined at the Wick Grand Lobby by The Three Florida Tenors, who performed ten well-known songs from famous operas and operettas.
The cast, all who performed without masks, were elated to perform again after three months of being isolated without performing for an audience.
“Marilyn Wick was very good to me and the other cast members of ‘A Chorus Line, when the show was cancelled by putting us up in lodging until we could return to New York,” said AJ Cola, who performed in the Wick Theatre production of “South Pacific”.
“It was so exciting to perform live again and feel the emotions of the audience. All of us perform to feel the warmth of an audience which you can’t feel by doing virtual music,” said Masci, who has performed for thirty years in Delray Beach and Palm Beach County.
Masci, who also owns an entertainment management company, has performed in Delray Beach at the Addison Reserve Country Club, Delaire Country Club, Gleneagles Country Club and Hamlet Country Club among other venues in Delray Beach.
“I love performing in Delray Beach and residing in Palm Beach County for over thirty years,” said Masci, whose parents were singers.
Wick personally thanked the audience for attending the show stressing the need for subscribers to support the upcoming season. “I thank everyone for being with us today.”
“I cannot stress enough that we have to operate under strict deadlines, as we can only sell at maximum 180 seats (only fifty percent maximum of the venue’s 341 seats) and have a maximum of six or seven people on stage at one time, let alone a maximum of people working backstage to follow Equity rules,” said Wick.
The upcoming season of eight Wick productions are currently highlighted by “Nunsense” starring Cindy Williams (from September 10th to October 14, 2021), “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do”’(from October 15th to November 15, 2021), “Mamma Mia” (from January 7th to February 21, 2021) and “A Chorus Line” (from March 3rd to April 4, 2021)
Wick announced that the cabaret show starring Michael Masci and the Three Florida Tenors will also be performed from June 25th to 27th, followed by a cabaret show starring The Victory Dolls from July 2nd to July 4th
The Wick Theatre, 7901 North Federal Highway in Boca Raton is now open primarily for live dinner cabaret shows from Thursday through Saturday evenings through September 10th.