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The Best of Theater in New York: Behind the Velvet Curtain

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5 Days | 4 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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Paul from Aiken, SC Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 08/17/15 - 08/21/15
This is a marvelous program that is a "must attend" for anyone interested in the Broadway Theatre experience or even in local Playhouse functions It will greatly broaden your appreciation of what goes on behind the scenes.

Phyllis from Louisville, KY Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 08/17/15 - 08/21/15
This program exceeded my expectations. Stephan Cole is funny & caring. He's a terrific leader. I enjoyed the plays that we saw; lunch at Sardi's, the hotel, & just seeing New York!! Phyllis Costello

Elizabeth from Durham, NC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 07/13/15 - 07/17/15
The expertise of our program director gave us added insight into the 3 wonderful shows we saw.

Arlita from San Ramon, CA Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 07/13/15 - 07/17/15
This program is an excellent introduction to NYC for future independent travel to the city. I found a new appreciation of theater people's paths to success.

Al from Fair Oaks, TX Number of programs attended: 28
Date attended: 07/13/15 - 07/17/15
Best bang for the buck for a visit to Broadway theater! Convenience of accommodations, show selection, and meal planning outstanding!

Marquita from Charlottesville, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/15/15 - 06/19/15
If you're looking for a program that will open your eyes and knock your socks off, then this is it! The three plays we saw were well-selected and incredibly diverse. The discussions were masterfully facilitated by Daniel Egan. Inbetween plays, we were treated to lively tours with Stephan Cole, a gifted lyricist who shared his passion in a presentation. The other speakers (an actor, producer, and writer) were well chosen and provided new insights into what it takes to create a play.

Joe from Oak Park, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/13/15 - 04/17/15
Great program. Room great; food great; people in our group were friendly and approachable. The plays, especially the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, were very good and many participants managed to squeeze in a couple more. Lots of time for independent sight seeing. Guides were knowledgeable and engaging. I may go again next year.

Pidge from Columbus, OH Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 02/23/15 - 02/27/15
We did this trip in February (brrrrr!) but last night one of the shows we saw won the Tony for best play AND for best actor - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night. How cool is THAT? The musical we saw was nominated for best musical as well!

Faye from Calabasas, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/04/15 - 05/08/15
This was my first program with Road Scholar , Behind The Velvet Curtain. I was pleasantly suprised how much I enjoyed the program. I found it very engaging, interesting program. It was a fun way to learn. Stephen Cole was absolutely the perfect host; with a fantasic sense of humor who was extremely knowledgable. These memories will stay with me for a long time. Stephen was an excellent leader, & admire his organizational skills. It not easy getting 24 people into a subway in NYC to reach the same destination!!

Nancy from Victoria, BC Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 05/04/15 - 05/08/15
Had a wonderful time with this tour! Our tour host Stephen Cole was organized, talented and (best of all) a fun person. Also really enjoyed meeting and interacting with people in the Broadway and off-Broadway theater communities. We came home with a lot of great memories.

Loretta from Stuart, FL Number of programs attended: 27
Date attended: 04/13/15 - 04/17/15
Well organized under an excellent leader--Steven Cole who was caring for each of us all of the time. Club Quarters is a convenient location (no taxi costs)with an attentive staff, excellent food at PATRICK and a wonderful lounge/bar/snack counter/Front Desk staff who arranged car to airport & boarding passes. I'll return!

Joan from Winnipeg, MB Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/23/15 - 02/27/15
New York, New York, what a WONDERFUL TOWN !!! There's no better way to experience it than to participate in a Road Scholar "theatre" program with like-minded people. It's stimulating and fun; interesting and educational. What a treat to meet the generous and entertaining people that make it happen!

Priscilla from Decatur, GA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/10/14 - 11/14/14
The most fun I've had in years, far exceeding my expectations on all fronts. And what a delight to find Alyshia Umphress, who spoke with us about her career trajectory before we caught her splendid performance as one of the principles in "On the Town", featured in the NYT's "In Performance" video a few days later!

Salpi from Johns Creek, GA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/20/14 - 10/24/14
I am so glad I experienced this theater week. It had been 25 years since I had been in NYC. It is cleaner and safer. Stephen Cole is an excellent group leader. He lives, eats, and breathes theater ! Prof. Egan of the Yale theater department was an excellent lecturer as well, leading us in very intelligent and insightful discussions around the various plays and performances we attended. Thus , the theater experience for me was much intensified and more in depth. The week gave me a far deeper appreciation for what work and talent and perseverance it takes to truly present a world-class show. Go, see for yourself !

Edna from Andover, KS Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 10/20/14 - 10/24/14
All three shows enjoyable and worth seeing. Enjoyed hearing background information about the shows before seeing them, especially the young performer from On the Town. Air Link service from LGA was not on time, from airplane landing to hotel took 3 hours.

Sally from Peterborough, NH Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/20/14 - 10/24/14
I am still reeling from the excitement of the program, the shows, the city. It was a thrill. Stephen Cole and all the other presenters really made it special, fun and educational. It was amazing to meet Jay Armstrong Johnson, one of the stars of "On the Town".

Cynthia from Collingswood, NJ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/20/14 - 10/24/14
The quality of the hotel was very high and exceeded my expectations. Great location, very comfortable, very classy.

Rosemary from Sacramento, CA Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 10/20/14 - 10/24/14
Sign up for this program right now! This is one of the best Road Scholar programs that I have ever taken. The shows are outstanding and Stephen Cole is a walking encyclopedia of Broadway lore.

Jeanne from Philadelphia, PA Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 07/14/14 - 07/18/14
This was the best Road Scholar Program I have ever attended. Stephen Cole was just fantastic. He is so knowledgeable about every aspect of the theater and his enthusiasm about the subject is contagious. In addition, he was very approachable and was extremely helpful to all of the participants. Speakers were also excellent. I will definitely attend this Program again.

Gerrell from Austin, TX Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 06/16/14 - 06/20/14
This is an outstanding program for all theater lovers, regardless of their familiarity with the NYC theatre scene. It begins with a splendid tour of the theatre district led by Stephen Cole, who is a fountain of knowledge about all aspects of NYC theatre, and includes a backstage tour of a working theater. Following this are three shows--usually an Off-Broadwa production, a Broadway drama or comedy, and a grand Broadway musical. (We were fortunate during this program to see two of the 2014 Tony winners, but the shows are always excellent.) For the more experienced, the presentations by a varity of theatre practioners are extremely interesting (these may be writers, directors. In addition, the group discussions after each show tend to be very lively and insightful. This was my third time to participate in thie program, and I am sure to repeat it in the future,

Robert from Houston, TX Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 05/19/14 - 05/23/14
If you love theater you should put this program at the top of your list. It's the best we have ever attended. Stephen Cole leads the program and has an encyclopedic knowledge of Broadway, from the buildings to every musical that ever played there. The speakers were themselves actively involved in Broadway theater and very informative. Just a great program, and one you can do more than once since the shows change from year to year.

Sandi from Calgary, AB Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/19/14 - 05/23/14
I enjoyed this program, my first Road Scholar program, very much and would highly recommend it to everyone who enjoys live theatre and exploring the culture and history of same. Just remember to have or purchase good walking shoes. You are going to need them!

Barbara from Santa Fe, NM Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/14/14 - 04/18/14
Well organized..the plays were marvelous and so were all the speakers. Hotel is comfortable and located near the subway and close to the Broadway area. The guides were cheerful, helpful and kind. I will do it again.

William from Petaluma, CA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 03/24/14 - 03/28/14
This is an exceptional program. We feel we gained a wonderful view of the world of Broadway theater. We were amazed at the quality and distinction of speakers. For example, one of the leading actresses in a musical we went to see was one of the speakers for our small group. Another speaker was the author of the play we attended. We enjoyed The New Yorker Hotel. The meals were fine, especially the fine lunch we had at the famous Sardi's. If the world of theater is of interest to you, you probably won't find a better program.

Emily from Alliance, OH Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/24/14 - 02/28/14
Wonderful group, food, programs, plays, and especially the people in charge. If you have an interest in the theater this program is for you.

Janet from Chicago, IL Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 02/24/14 - 02/28/14
Got a lot of bang for the buck. Pre play discussions were given by the writer of one of the plays and the star of the other. Post play discussion added greatly to the matinee we saw. Many in the group had obviously made play going a major part of their lives. They had great questions and comments. I would definitely try this again.

Gerrell from Austin, TX Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 11/18/13 - 11/22/13
This was my second time to participate in this program, and both have been wonderful experiences. I have visited New York City many times over the years and seen numerous Broadway, Off-Bropadway, and Off-Off Broadway productions, but this program always provides new insights into the theater world. The range of shows scheduled provide a wonderful overview of what New York theater has to offer, and the lectures enhance that overview. The discussion this year by the lead producer of "Buyer & Cellar" was outstanding and added much to the experience of seeing that show that evening. The group leader, Stephen Cole, is wonderful and provides valuable additional insights. In additon,the included meals at Chez Jacqueline and Sardi's were delicious. I look forwarde to attending this program again next year.

Gerald from Estero, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/18/13 - 11/22/13
We have attended two prior Road Scholar programs and one was in New York, but this was far and away the best. Everything about this week has been exceptional but we would be remiss if we did not single out our guide and theater guru, Stephen Cole. He is a talented musical lyricist, actor, historian, author, story teller and just a lot of fun to be with. All five days were enjoyable and we were sorry when it came to an end. I think we must come back.

Janis from Mill Valley, CA Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 11/18/13 - 11/22/13
This was the eighth program I have done with this provider (Explore New York) and the second time I have done this particular program. All aspects are enjoyable, but especially Stephen Cole who is not only a talented lyricist and book writer for musical theater but a performer himself. The program is so well organized that there is free time for participants to attend additional productions over and above the three included in the program or shop, or sight visit museums etc. I particularly enjoyed the interview and Q & A with a prominent Broadway producer. I will be back for more NYC programs. A+++++ for all aspects of this fun and educational program.

Mary Lou from Rochester, MN Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 11/18/13 - 11/22/13
This program was so enjoyable that I am already planning another Road Scholar trip to New York next year.

Ted from Long Beach, CA Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 09/23/13 - 09/27/13
Superb! Steve with his knowledge, patience, excitement, stories he shared, and his finale was a very special end to the trip. The experience that included a small, contemporary play coupled with extravaganza with celebrity actor and finally a musical. The speakers added to our understanding of theater...we not only listened to them, but were offered Q and A, which sent me home with answers to my questions I brought with me. Molly and Audrey were so personable. The hotel location was a pleasant surprise. The cost of the program was a value for what my husband I got out of it....Sardis! Chez Jacqueline!(low cost meals to support these treats is a must)Playbills will be read with more time spent on who did all the writings.Will look frequently for Stephen Cole, Jonathan Tolins, Rachel Bay Jones, Elliott Cohen and whomever was the great one who handled the interviews. Oh...the tour of the New Amsterdam where we got further knowledge especially in wardrobes, props and how old, historical buildings can be restored by those who use their money so others can enjoy their projects. Enough...you get the idea: Great Velvet Curtain program!


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