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

From Broadway to Off-Broadway to behind-the-scenes of Broadway, dive deep into the world of New York theater as you take in three performances and meet with theater professionals.
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Program No. 11921RJ
Length
5 days
Starts at
1,899
New York

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

From Broadway to Off-Broadway to behind-the-scenes of Broadway, dive deep into the world of New York theater as you take in three performances and meet with theater professionals.
Length
5 days
Starts at
1,899
Program No. 11921 RJ
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Aug 30 - Sep 3, 2021
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Sep 27 - Oct 1, 2021
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Oct 11 - Oct 15, 2021
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Nov 29 - Dec 3, 2021
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Dec 13 - Dec 17, 2021
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Aug 30 - Sep 3, 2021
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2,499
Sep 27 - Oct 1, 2021
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2,779
Oct 11 - Oct 15, 2021
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2,779
Nov 29 - Dec 3, 2021
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2,779
Dec 13 - Dec 17, 2021
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2,779

At a Glance

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.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to three miles per day with stairs. Public transportation used exclusively throughout program.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Attend a Broadway musical, a dramatic production and an Off-Broadway show.
  • Visit 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.

General Notes

Performances are decided about six weeks in advance, when we purchase the tickets. 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.
Featured Expert
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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.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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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.
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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.
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Ghost Light
by Frank Rich
Noel Coward: A Bio-Bibliography
by Stephen Cole
The Secret Life Of The American Musical
by Jack Viertel
Act One
by Moss Hart
I Wanna Be A Producer
by John Breglio
The Life of the Drama
by Eric Bentley
Musical Theater: A History
by John Kenrick
Off The Wall At Sardi's
by Vincent Sardi
I Could Have Sung All Night: My Story
by Marni Nixon & Stephen Cole
Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway
by Michael Reidel
The Book About That Girl
by Stephen Cole
A Day At The New Amsterdam Theater
by Dana Amendola & Gina Domenico
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5 days
4 nights
9 meals
4 B 2 L 3 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Walk
New York, NY
D
Hampton Inn Manhattan/Times Square Central

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration. After 4:00 p.m., come to the hotel's boardroom located on the lower level to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation: 5:00 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Group Leaders on our programs are highly trained and knowledgeable about many aspects of the city. We will also have the benefit of local experts who will provide information and commentary on areas of particular interest. If you want to attend an event independently such as a Broadway show or a performance at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, etc., you may want to order tickets in advance. Same-day tickets for many performances are available at 20% to 50% off regular prices at the TKTS Discount Booth. The Group Leader will be happy to give advice on how to make it go as smoothly as possible. See www.tdf.org for details. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: 6:30 p.m. We will walk to a neighborhood restaurant for a plated meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: On our way back to the hotel, we’ll have a walk to become familiar with the neighborhood. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Broadway Theater & Walk, Off-Broadway Theater Person & Show
New York, NY
B,L,D
Hampton Inn Manhattan/Times Square Central

Activity note: Use of New York City subway (depending on show location). Walking about 1 mile; city sidewalks.

Breakfast: At the hotel, choose what you like from the breakfast buffet.

Morning: We’ll walk from the hotel to a Broadway theater where a local expert will tell us all about it. Most of the Broadway theaters have a history that goes back over 100 years. Ranging from glamorous 1920s showgirls to 1970s dereliction, these theaters have seen it all, but they're still here! We’ll then head out with our expert for a walking field trip around the theater district before returning to the hotel.

Lunch: At the hotel, we'll have boxed lunches with a choice of sandwich or salad, chips, sweet treat, fruit, water.

Afternoon: This afternoon we'll meet a professional from the off-Broadway theater world. The off-Broadway theater movement started in the 1920s as a response to the commercialism of Broadway, often located in small spaces far from Times Square. Today, off-Broadway is still home to interesting, edgy, smaller works and/or works by upcoming playwrights. New York boasts several off-Broadway not-for-profit theater companies dedicated to this mission.

Dinner: At a restaurant near the theater; coffee, tea, water included, other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Performance. We’ll attend an off-Broadway theater performance. (Depending on the location, we will either walk or take the subway.) Our program was planned far in advance when performance details were not confirmed. When available, the information will be posted on the Road Scholar website under this program number and will also be included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment.

DAY
3
Creative Aspects of Theater Making, Broadway Matinee
New York, NY
B,L
Hampton Inn Manhattan/Times Square Central

Activity note: Use of New York City subway (depending on show location). Walking about 1 mile; city sidewalks.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll be joined by a local expert who will give us an insider’s perspective on creative aspects of theater making.

Lunch: At legendary Sardi's Restaurant in the heart of the theater district, we’ll have a plated multi-course meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Performance. We’ll attend a matinee performance of a Broadway play. When performance details are available, the information will be posted on the Road Scholar website under this program number and will also be included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. You might like to grab a bite before catching another show on your own or dine at that special restaurant (advance reservations recommended).

Evening: At leisure. It’s New York. The possibilities are practically endless.

DAY
4
Critique, Theater History, Meet an Actor, Broadway Musical
New York, NY
B,D
Hampton Inn Manhattan/Times Square Central

Activity note: Use of New York City subway (depending on show location). Walking about 1 mile; city sidewalks.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll have two sessions this morning. Before turning our attention from dramas to musicals, a local expert will lead a discussion of the two theatrical pieces we've seen thus far. Then, a theater historian will give us an illustrated lecture on the storied and rollicking history of Broadway.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: We’ll meet a Broadway actor!

Dinner: We’ll walk to a neighborhood restaurant for a plated meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Performance. We’ll attend a Broadway musical. Performance details will be posted on the Road Scholar website under this program number when available and will also be included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment. Returning to the hotel, prepare for check-out and departure after our closing session in the morning.

DAY
5
Wrap-up Session, Program Concludes
New York, NY
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll gather with our Group Leader for a wrap-up session and lively discussion about our amazing theater experience. We expect to end by about 10:15 am. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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