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.
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Program No. 11921RJ
5 days
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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.
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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
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Stephen Cole
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You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
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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