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Behind the Velvet Curtain: Theater in New York With Three Shows

Program Number: 11921RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/10/2014 - 11/14/2014; 2/23/2015 - 2/27/2015; 3/9/2015 - 3/13/2015; 4/13/2015 - 4/17/2015; 5/4/2015 - 5/8/2015; 6/15/2015 - 6/19/2015; 7/13/2015 - 7/17/2015; 8/17/2015 - 8/21/2015; 10/26/2015 - 10/30/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: New York City, New York
Price starting at: $1,285.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Theater; History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 9; 4 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Hit the streets of the Great White Way and discover the excitement of New York’s incredible theater scene, from Broadway events to the adventurous Off-Broadway stage and beyond. Get an inside look at a world ordinary members of the audience never see as you spend five days immersed in New York theater and in personal encounters with those who help create it.




Highlights

• Attend a Broadway musical, a dramatic production, and an Off-Broadway show.
• Go backstage at a Broadway theater and explore Times Square’s theatrical history.
• Enjoy a behind-the-scenes discussion of the page-to-stage process with key staff such as a producer, director, or theater manager.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to three miles per day with lots of stairs. Public transportation used exclusively throughout program.



Performances are decided about six weeks in advance, when we purchase the tickets. We purchase tickets for the number of participants enrolled. We strive for a well balanced program incorporating the newest productions. We seldom attend shows that have been on Broadway more than a year or are traveling.




Date Specific Information

3-9-2015, 4-13-2015

Performances will be announced six weeks prior to program start.



Coordinated by Explore New York, Corp.




New York City

The City That Never Sleeps, The Capital of the World, The Big Apple: Whatever you call New York, it is undoubtedly one of the world’s great centers for culture, food, finance, style and entertainment, from Broadway to the Bronx.



Accommodations
Midtown hotel within walking distance of Times Square and the Theater District.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Stephen Cole

Stephen Cole is an internationally produced, published and recorded writer. As librettist and lyricist, Mr. Cole has had his musicals produced Off-Broadway and in London. Besides writing 10 years of Drama League tributes — honoring Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera, among others — Stephen has written for such stars as Tyne Daly and Valerie Harper. Stephen has published three books, including “That Book About That Girl,” the unofficial companion to the Marlo Thomas sitcom from the 1960s.
 
Daniel Egan

Daniel Egan has degrees in music theory from St. Olaf, the Eastman School of Music and Yale, where he is on faculty. He has appeared as soloist or ensemble singer with the New York Philharmonic, Opera Orchestra of New York, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and was in the permanent ensemble at New York City Opera. His recordings include “Sweeney Todd” with the New York Philharmonic and backup vocals for Patti Page’s "Live at Carnegie Hall: The 50th Anniversary Concert.” Both earned Grammy nominations.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Club Quarters - Midtown
  New York, NY 4 nights
 Club Quarters - Midtown
Type: Boutique Hotel
  Description: Club Quarters is a private hotel available to members only. It is ideally located a block from Times Square and near Grand Central Terminal.
  Contact info: 40 West 45th Street
(between 5th and 6th Avenues)
New York, NY 10036 USA
phone: 212-354-6400
web: clubquarters.com
  Room amenities: Free high-speed Internet access, Latest design workstation with task lighting and ergonomic chair, Premium bedding and linens, LCD TV, Speaker and cordless phone with direct dial number, Complimentary coffee and tea, Alarm clock radio with iPod dock, Complimentary exercise equipment and yoga kits delivered to room.
  Facility amenities: Instant check-in/fast check-out, 24-hour Member Service Desk, Complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access throughout the hotel, Private Club Living Room with complimentary refreshments, workstations, and wireless printing, free purified chilled bottle water on all floors, fitness room, automatic Gold Status on your first stay, Restaurant Patrick, bar, and meeting rooms.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: market rate Call 203-905-2100. Please advise them that you are with the Explore New York Road Scholar Program.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: market rate Call 203-905-2100. Please advise them that you are with the Explore New York Road Scholar Program.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check-in at the hotel is 3 p.m. Road Scholar registration begins at 4 in hotel meeting room. You will be staying at Club Quarters - Midtown that night.
  End of Program:
10:15, after wrap-up discussion on Day 5. Hotel check-out is by 12:00 p.m. You will be staying at Club Quarters - Midtown the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Photo ID. The enclosed Health and Safety Questionnaire must be returned to the Program Provider at least 3 weeks prior to the program.
  Parking availability:
Parking is available at a discounted rate at Central Parking Garage located at 38 West 46th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. The rate is approximately $25 per 24-hour period. There are not in and out privileges. The garage is open 24 hours / 7 days.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  New York, NY
  Nearest airport:  La Guardia, JFK, Newark
  From End of Program
  Location: New York, NY
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

JFK to Club Quarters

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
MTA

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Adults $2.50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 1/2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

JFK 16 miles

   

Take the JFK Airport AirTrain from JFK Terminal 2-3 station Heading toward HOWARD BEACH. Get off at Howard Beach/JFK Airport. Take the A train from Howard Beach/JFK Airport Station heading toward INWOOD-207 ST.Get off at 42 Street. Exit near intersection of TIMES SQ (W 42ND ST) and TIMES SQ (BROADWAY) Start out going North on TIMES SQ (BROADWAY) towards W 43RD ST (THE TOWN HALL WAY) Turn right onto W 45TH ST Arrive at 40 W 45TH ST

 

JFK/LaGuardia to Club Quarters

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
NYC Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

See Comments
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

~1hour 

 

Distance:

 

JFK 16 miles; LaGuardia 7 miles

   

Rates JFK: to/from airport flat rate $52 plus toll and tip LaGuardia: to/from airport, metered fare, $35 and up plus toll and tip Unless noted otherwise Taxi FARE DEPENDS ON TRAFFIC!

 

JFK/LaGuardia/Newark to Club Quarters

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Airlink
phone: 877-599-8200
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

~ 1 1/2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

JFK 16 miles; LaGuardia 7 miles; Newark 14.25 miles

   

Rates JFK to/from starting at $43.50 LaGuardia to/from starting at $39 Newark to/from starting at $42 tax, toll and tip not included.

 

JFK/LaGuardia/Newark to Club Quarters

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Allstate
phone: 800-453-4099
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

~1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

JFK 16 miles; LaGuardia 7 miles; Newark 14.25 miles

   

Rates JFK: starting at $51 LaGuardia: starting at $35 Newark: starting at $51 There is a $8.00 rush hour surcharge between 2:30pm and 7:00pm. RATES VARY WITH TIME OF DAY AND DAY OF WEEK BUT SHOULD ALWAYS BE PRICED PER CAR NOT PER PERSON. Tip and Toll are also required but not included in all rates. Call to reserve 24 hours in ADVANCE and confirm price.

 

JFK/LaGuardia/Newark to Club Quarters

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Carmel
phone: 800-922-7635
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

~1hour 

 

Distance:

 

JFK 16 miles; LaGuardia 7 miles; Newark 14.25 miles

   

Rates JFK: from JFK starting at $44, to JFK starting at $52 LaGuardia: from LaGuardia starting at $30, to LaGuardia starting at $36 Newark: from Newark starting at $36, to Newark starting at $56 RATES VARY WITH TIME OF DAY AND DAY OF WEEK BUT SHOULD ALWAYS BE PRICED PER CAR NOT PER PERSON. Tip and Toll are also required but not included in all rates. Call to reserve 24 hours in ADVANCE and confirm price.

 

JFK/LaGuardia/Newark to Club Quarters

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Dial '7'
phone: 800-777-8888
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

~1hour 

 

Distance:

 

JFK 16 miles; LaGuardia 7 miles; Newark 14.25 miles

   

Rates JFK: from JFK starting at $48, to JFK starting at $52 LaGuardia: to/from LaGuardia starting at $34 Newark: from Newark starting at $48, to Newark starting $52 RATES VARY WITH TIME OF DAY AND DAY OF WEEK BUT SHOULD ALWAYS BE PRICED PER CAR NOT PER PERSON. Tip and Toll are also required but not included in all rates. Call to reserve 24 hours in ADVANCE and confirm price.

 

JFK/LaGuardia/Newark to Club Quarters

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
New Yorker Rides
phone: 646-293-1658
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

~1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

JFK 16 miles; LaGuardia 7 miles; Newark 14.25 miles

   

Rates JFK: to/from $85 LaGuardia: to/from $65 Newark: to/from $100 tax and toll included

 

LaGuardia to Club Quarters

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
MTA

 

Travel Time:

 

1 1/2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

LaGuardia 7 miles

   

Take the Q70 Bus from Laguardia Intern Rdy/Central Pass Term station heading to LIMITED LAGUARDIA AIRPORT CENTRAL TERMINAL. Get off at Roosevelt Ave/ 74 St Walk west on ROOSEVELT AVE. Entrance is near intersection of 74TH ST (KALPANA CHAWLA WAY) and ROOSEVELT AVE. Take the E train from Jackson Heights station heading to WORLD TRADE CENTER. Get off at 5th Ave. Exit near intersection of E 53RD ST and 5TH AVE Start out going South West on 5TH AVE Turn right onto W 45TH ST Arrive at 40 W 45TH ST

 

Newark to Club Quarters

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
NJ Transit & MTA

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

NJ Transit: Adults $12.50 Seniors $8.75 MTA: Adults $2.50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 1/2 - 2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

Newark 14.25 miles

   

From Newark Airport Follow signs from baggage claim area to the AirTrain monorail direct to Newark Airport Station. Take NJ Transit to New York Penn Station. From Penn Station take the number 1 or 2 UPTOWN train to 42 Street- Times Square. Start out going East on W 43RD ST (THE TOWN HALL WAY) towards AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS (6TH AVE) Turn left onto AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS (6TH AVE) Turn right onto W 45TH ST Arrive at 40 W 45TH ST

 
Driving Directions
  From JFK to Club Quarters Exit the airport heading north on the Van Wyck Expressway. Take the Long Island Expressway west. Take the Midtown Tunnel. Upon exiting the tunnel, follow signs towards "Uptown" (heading west). Head west to Madison Ave. Make a right onto Madison Ave. Take to 45th Street and turn left. Go through 1st light (5th Ave). Club Quarters will be 1/2 of the way down on your left. Look for a blue awning with the CQ logo in gold.
  From LaGuardia to Club Quarters Exit the airport heading east on the Grand Central Parkway. Take Parkway to the Long Island Expressway- head west. Take the LIE to the Midtown Tunnel. Upon exiting the tunnel, follow signs towards "Uptown" (heading west). Head west to Madison Ave. Make a right onto Madison Ave. Take to 45th Street and turn left. Go through 1st light (5th Ave). Club Quarters will be 1/2 of the way down on your left. Look for a blue awning with the CQ logo in gold.
  From New Jersey to Club Quarters Take the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95 North) to the Lincoln Tunnel exit. Upon exiting the tunnel, follow signs towards "uptown." At the last light make a right (there will be a parking garage in front of you.) You are now on 42nd Street. Follow up to 8th Avenue and make a left. Take 8th Avenue to 46th Street and make a right. Continue on 46th to 5th Avenue and make a right. Take 5th Avenue one block to 45th Street and make a right. Club Quarters will be 1/2 of the way down on your left. Look for a blue awning with the CQ logo in gold.
  From Newark to Club Quarters Take the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95 North) to the Lincoln Tunnel exit. Upon exiting the tunnel, follow signs towards "uptown." At the last light make a right (there will be a parking garage in front of you.) You are now on 42nd Street. Follow up to 8th Avenue and make a left. Take 8th Avenue to 46th Street and make a right. Continue on 46th to 5th Avenue and make a right. Take 5th Avenue one block to 45th Street and make a right. Club Quarters will be 1/2 of the way down on your left. Look for a blue awning with the CQ logo in gold.
  From North to Club Quarters Take I-95 South towards the George Washington Bridge. Exit before the GWB at Henry Hudson Parkway South (This will turn into the West Side Highway). Exit the West Side Highway at 48th Street (it will be a left-hand turn). Take 48th Street to 5th Avenue. Turn right onto 5th Ave. Make a right on 45th Street. Club Quarters will be 1/2 of the way down on your left. Look for a blue awning with the Club Quarters logo in gold.
  From South to Club Quarters Take the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95 North) to the Lincoln Tunnel exit. Upon exiting the tunnel, follow signs towards "uptown." At the last light make a right (there will be a parking garage in front of you.) You are now on 42nd Street. Follow up to 8th Avenue and make a left. Take 8th Avenue to 46th Street and make a right. Continue on 46th to 5th Avenue and make a right. Take 5th Avenue one block to 45th Street and make a right. Club Quarters will be 1/2 of the way down on your left. Look for a blue awning with the CQ logo in gold.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrivals and Program Orientation
(Monday, August 17)
   
 Afternoon: 3:00 is hotel check in. AFTER 4:00pm: come to the designated meeting room (it will be posted) to register with your Program Coordinator and pick up your arrival packet. Programs are planned far in advance, so local circumstances may require changes from time to time. We will notify you as quickly as possible should there be any changes and appreciate your understanding.
 Dinner: 5:00pm: Enjoy your first meal at Restaurant Patrick, conveniently located inside the hotel. This restaurant features regional American cuisine, focusing on regionally sourced products from the Berkshires to the Jersey Shore. Dinner in the restaurant is available and included even if you arrive late. Our meal is scheduled for 5:00pm so that we can get through orientation and have some time to explore on your own. If your arrival is delayed, please attend orientation and then eat afterwards.
 Evening: 6:15pm: We begin our orientation to the program and introduce staff and members of the group. We’ll review the schedule and any updates and answer any questions you may have. Following orientation we will have an optional walk through one of the local neighborhoods.
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters - Midtown
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: A guided Times Square Walk/off- Broadway Performance
(Tuesday, August 18)
   
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast in the Meeting Room
 Morning: Take a behind the scenes tour of a Broadway theater and a guided walk around the theater district
 Lunch: In the Meeting Room
 Afternoon: Meet people in the theater world
 Dinner: in a neighborhood restaurant
 Evening: Attend an off- Broadway theater performance TBA
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters - Midtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Broadway play TBA.
(Wednesday, August 19)
   
 Breakfast: breakfast provided in the hotel
 Morning: Meet people from the theater world and learn its history
 Lunch: In a special restaurant
 Afternoon: Performance of a Broadway matinee.
 Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters - Midtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Broadway Musical Performance TBA
(Thursday, August 20)
   
 Breakfast: In the Meeting Room
 Morning: Meet more people involved in the Theater
 Lunch: On your own
 Afternoon: Meet a Broadway actor
 Dinner: In a neighborhood restaurant
 Evening: Attend a final Broadway musical production with the group
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters - Midtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Departures
(Friday, August 21)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Discussion of week's activities
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  New York, NY In and around 42nd Street
Along 42nd Street are the New York Public Library, Bryant Park, Grand Central Terminal, and several multi-plex movie theaters. Central Park is a fifteen-block walk to the north, and the Empire State building is an eight-block walk to the south. In addition, the shops and boutiques of Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenue are easily accessible, as are the more affordable wares of Macy's Herald Square. Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, and St. Patrick's Cathedral are all within a ten-fifteen minute walk.
  In and around the Financial District
Explore the Wall Street area, South Street Seaport Museum, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, or Trinity Church. For additional information, visit www.DowntownNY.com
  Transportation in New York
For additional information, visit www.mta.info
  Visitor Information
For additional information, visit www.nycvisit.com
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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