TODAY | March 21, 2012
>>> we're back now 8:44 with a treat for fans of broadway . contributing correspondent jenna bush hager recently got a tour of the original wardrobe for some of the great white way 's most famous musicals. jenna , good morning.
>> good morning, matt. this is very fun. marilyn witt began her costume business with five santa suits that she made nearly 40 years ago. now she has the biggest collection of original broadway costumes worth millions. and where they retired might just surprise you. the great american musical. the lights of the great white way . the music of rodgers and hammerstein. and the elaborate wardrobes. in florida ?
>> we bought this incredible wardrobe in new york city .
>> these costumes are kind of like many people who come to florida , in their older years. they retire here, is that right?
>> they retire here.
>> reporter: a collection of over half a million original broadway costumes reside in pompano beach , florida , thanks to marilyn wick, the owner of costume world. when i walked in i kind of gasped because it seems like some of these costumes really come alive.
>> and they do. the music, the lines are woven right into the clothes.
>> your ticket to broadway is about to begin.
>> reporter: marilyn 's daughter kimberly gives daily tours on their great white way , costume world's broadway collection.
>> this unique wardrobe is truly a special part of the magic that is broadway .
>> reporter: since we both dreamed of making our broadway debut , i brought my friend, aka body double , sara haines, along.
>> fiddler on the roof , the most successful production ever produced. matchmaker matchmaker make me a match
>> i actually performed that song in third grade.
>> in third grade? wow. 76 trombones
>> the music man! reversible band jacket.
>> how fun is that?
>> just my size!
>> hold onto the sleeves. got to be fast.
>> that's only going to cost you about $1,000.
>> that's okay. oh, my gosh i just got fired.
>> how fun is that?
>> well, does everybody know these kids? the sound of music .
>> can we join in?
>> yes, let's. when we remember our favorite things and then i don't feel
>> these are the fabulous designs for the producer girls.
>> sara and i were having so much fun belting out show tunes , you might say we got a little carried away.
>> people tell me all the time that i look like jenna 's body double .
>> today i will be directing sara haines, oui, oui.
>> she wanted to be the boss today. i.e. the director and she brought me to be the actress. meow meow meow. memory all alone in the moonlight
>> remember your line!
>> cut! i'm in a castle
>> it's there is a castle on the cloud.
>> i need to show you how it's done. there is a castle on a cloud i like to go there in my sleep thank you.
>> jenna --
>> i'm not used to being the man. shall we dance on a bright cloud of music shall we dance shall we dance
>> with the curtain closed on our broadway debut , we're reminded that for these women, the memories of the broadway shows they know and love teach us the true meaning of the magic of broadway .
>> all right. we thought you guys should join the fun, so cost assume world --
>> two things, first you can't put the humiliation aside. that's going to stay there.
>> i know. but --
>> these are your hats.
>> this is the hat from kiss me kate.
>> we have the hat carol channing wore in hello dolly . apparently it won a tony for design.
>> it works here.
>> matches perfectly.
>> i don't have any straps to hold my hat. i have to balance. i think it's from guys and dolls. i'm not really sure.
>> wear it for thanksgiving.
>> it's a center piece.
>> thanksgiving dinner .
>> savannah --
>> from the king and i.
>> i was going to --
>> i didn't think --
>> you put that on --