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Showstoppers!

Showstoppers! Extends Through December

Coming to Broadway soon? You now have more time to explore this must-see exhibit! Showstoppers! Spectacular Costumes from Stage & Screen has extended its residency at 234 West 42nd Street a second time due to popular demand, and will now run through December 5, 2021 when it absolutely must close.

The interactive costume exhibition in the heart of Times Square reopens October 20 after being forced to close its doors on October 5 due to a major water leak. Benefitting the Costume Industry Coalition, a new group created in 2020 to advocate for the survival of New York City’s custom costume industry, Showstoppers! has been featured in The New York Times and on NPR’s “Morning Edition”.

“After being forced to temporarily shut our doors for almost two weeks, we’re thrilled that we can continue to share these beautiful costumes and help spotlight the costume industry’s unique, creative ecosystem with the public,” CIC Founding Member Brian Blythe said.  “At a time when our Members continue to regain their footing, Showstoppers! is an amazing way to not only entertain but to educate people on our contributions to the entertainment industry.”

Tickets start at $30 and are now on sale through December 5 here. All proceeds will continue to raise money for the Costume Industry Coalition Recovery Fund, which remains one of the hardest hit sectors of the entertainment industry. This extension is made possible by the generous support from Madison International Realty.

Designed by the award-winning international exhibition firm Thinc Design, the 20,000 square foot space (formerly the home of Modell’s) features more than 100 of the industry’s most beautiful and complex garments. Confirmed displays include costumes from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and National Tours, including A Soldier’s PlayAladdinChicagoCome From AwayThe Cher Show, Dear Evan HansenFrozenGolden ChildHamiltonHarry Potter and the Cursed ChildThe Lion KingMoulin Rouge! The MusicalMrs. DoubtfireThe Phantom of the Opera, SIXWickedTV’s The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselDickinson and Saturday Night Live; Film’s Respect and No Time to Die, along with costumes from the dance world (including American Ballet Theatre, the Martha Graham Dance Company, New York City Ballet and San Francisco Ballet), Opera, Disney World, Norwegian Cruise Line, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & BaileyBroadway Bares and more.

Showstoppers! spotlights the incredible and oftentimes under-recognized costume contributions to the entertainment industry, and pulls back the curtain on the hundreds of costuming experts who create, supply, and care for them, and infuse much-needed vitality back into the Theatre District. As guests make their way through the exhibition, not only can they see the detail and craftsmanship typically only seen far away on stage or screen, but they can watch and interact with costume makers and experts demonstrating their techniques and skills on-site, getting a rare behind-the-scenes look at the project.

For more things to do around Times Square and NYC, check out our Fall Activities guide.