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It’s Showtime! A Broadway Adventure With Your Grandchild

Take center stage with your grandchild on this exhilarating Broadway adventure in NYC! Attend two performances, explore Times Square and have fun in a theater workshop.
Rating (5)
Program No. 16370RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,999 / ADULT
1,279 / CHILD
New York

It’s Showtime! A Broadway Adventure With Your Grandchild

Take center stage with your grandchild on this exhilarating Broadway adventure in NYC! Attend two performances, explore Times Square and have fun in a theater workshop.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,999 / ADULT
1,279 / CHILD
Length
6 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
1,999 / ADULT
1,279 / CHILD
Program No. 16370RJ

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Please Note:
The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
Age 9 - 12
ROOMING OPTION PRICING
The figures below indicate the rooming options available.
DATES
Jul 24 - Jul 29, 2022
Per Adult
1,999
Per Child
1,279
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Itinerary Note

Shows seen this week: Tuesday - The Blue Man Group; Thursday - Disney's Aladdin on Broadway

Jul 24 - Jul 29, 2022
1,999
/ Adult
1,279
/ Child
1,999
/ Adult
1,279
/ Child
2,799
/ Adult
1,279
/ Child
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Itinerary Note

Shows seen this week: Tuesday - The Blue Man Group; Thursday - Disney's Aladdin on Broadway

Jun 25 - Jun 30, 2023
Per Adult
2,149
Per Child
1,349
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Jun 25 - Jun 30, 2023
2,149
/ Adult
1,349
/ Child
2,149
/ Adult
1,349
/ Child
2,849
/ Adult
1,349
/ Child
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Jul 16 - Jul 21, 2023
Per Adult
2,149
Per Child
1,349
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Jul 16 - Jul 21, 2023
2,149
/ Adult
1,349
/ Child
2,149
/ Adult
1,349
/ Child
2,849
/ Adult
1,349
/ Child
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Jul 30 - Aug 4, 2023
Per Adult
2,149
Per Child
1,349
Select
Jul 30 - Aug 4, 2023
2,149
/ Adult
1,349
/ Child
2,149
/ Adult
1,349
/ Child
2,849
/ Adult
1,349
/ Child
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At a Glance

It’s curtains up on this Broadway adventure as you experience “show biz” from all sides with your grandchild. Together, you’ll deepen your understanding of Broadway and learn what it takes to bring a production to life as you visit a historic old theater, enjoy an adventure in Times Square, and feel the thrill of the theater world for yourself at a Broadway musical production!
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles per day. Public transportation used throughout program, including flights of New York City subway stairs several times per day.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Meet a kid actor to learn what the “glamorous” life is really like, along with other key people who work to make it happen on stage and off.
  • Practice your Broadway moves with expert-led workshops on stage direction and dance.
  • Watch what you’ve learned about show business come to life as you attend a Broadway musical!

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 9-12. We announce performances at least six weeks prior to program.
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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Angela Christensen is a licensed New York City excursion leader who has extensive experience in event planning and hospitality. She worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society managing events in the Bronx Zoo, Central Park, Prospect Park, the Queens Zoo and the New York Aquarium. Now, she loves showing off her city with lifelong learners from around the world!
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Karl Baudendistel View biography
A New York City resident for more than 25 years, Karl Baudendistel loves sharing his knowledge of the city with visitors from around the world. Having spent 20 years overseeing ‘the business of show business’ for numerous Broadway and touring productions, chances are he’s been to a city near you. Karl is a member of The Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers, is a trained sommelier and was educated at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
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Stephanie Lang Bittner View biography
Stephanie Lang Bittner is a director-choreographer with credits in musicals, TV production, corporate galas, and industry benefits. New York credits include “Sweeney Todd,” “Light in the Piazza,” “Candide,” and “Street Scene” at NYU, galas at 2nd Stage Theatre, the ABC Upfronts featuring the cast of “Ugly Betty” (Associate Choreographer), the James Beard Foodie Awards, “Broadway Bares” XX and XXI, and “ReWrite” at Urban Stages. Regional and international director-choreographer credits include multiple productions of “CATS,” “42nd Street,” “Oliver,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Chicago,” and “Broadway Rhythm.”
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Better Nate Than Ever
by Tim Federle
Written by a former Broadway performer, this book is geared for young audiences and features a boy who dreams of being a Broadway actor. Recently adapted as a limited series for Disney+.
Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway
by Michael Reidel
A Day At The New Amsterdam Theater
by Dana Amendola & Gina Domenico
Jack and Louisa
by Andrew Keenan Bolger & Kate Wetherhead
Written by a real-life brother and sister who are both stars on Broadway. This middle-grade oriented book follows Jack & Louisa, best friends and self-identified musical theater 'nerds.'
Musical Theater: A History
by John Kenrick
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6 days
5 nights
11 meals
5 B 2 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
New York
D
New Yorker Hotel

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

Afternoon: 4:00 - 4:30 PM - Program Registration. After you check in to your hotel room at the front desk, come to the designated hotel meeting room to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information. If you arrive late in the evening, please ask for your envelope when you check in. 4:30 PM - Orientation. 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. This is a Road Scholar Intergenerational program. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Children are never to be left unsupervised. This active program involves extensive walking and use of public transportation including the New York subway system with many stairs up and down. Periods in the daily 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: In the Tick Tock Diner just off the hotel lobby, we’ll have our first meal together and order from a select menu. This 24-hour diner features American cooking and “comfort food.” Dinner in the diner is included even if you arrive late.

Evening: After dinner, we will walk three blocks with our Group Leader to the Empire State Building for a bird’s eye view of the city. You may stay as long as you like and return to the hotel on your own.

DAY
2
Times Square, Movement, Workshop, Singing Waiters
New York
B,L,D
New Yorker Hotel

Activity note: Use of New York City subway. Walking up to 5 miles throughout the day.

Breakfast: In the hotel Tick Tock Diner.

Morning: Heading right out with our expert, we'll have an introductory walk through the Theatre District to learn about and become familiar with the area. Returning to the hotel, we'll reconvene in our meeting room where a professional dancer will put us through our moves.

Lunch: In the hotel meeting room, we’ll have a bag lunch and the opportunity to continue getting to know each other.

Afternoon: This afternoon is the first of our Intergenerational theatre workshops for both kids and adults. We’ll be joined by a local expert, an educator in movement, who will teach us singing and dance moves and routines.

Dinner: At a retro 1950s theme diner — featuring singing waiters who aspire to be future stars of stage and screen — we’ll order from a select menu and have plated meals.

Evening: We’ll take a walk through Rockefeller Center and Grand Central Terminal.

DAY
3
Workshop, Radio City Music Hall, Performance
New York
B,D
New Yorker Hotel

Activity note: Use of New York City subway. Walking up to 5 miles throughout the day.

Breakfast: In the Tick Tock Diner.

Morning: We’ll review what we learned in the workshop yesterday before heading to the legendary Radio City Music Hall for a private look behind the scenes.

Lunch: 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.

Afternoon: Grandkids will then rehearse their theater workshop moves and grandparents can watch if they like or take a break.

Dinner: At a neighborhood restaurant.

Evening: We’ll attend a performance of the long-running off-Broadway hit, The Blue Man Group.

DAY
4
Theatre District Adventure, Meet an Child Actor, Free Time
New York
B,L
New Yorker Hotel

Activity note: Use of New York City subway. Walking up to 5 miles throughout the day.

Breakfast: In the meeting room.

Morning: In the Theatre District around Times Square, we’ll divide into two smaller groups and set out on a field trip to explore the heart of New York show business. We’ll have maps and clues to discover some of the famous sights and take pictures to document our discoveries. We’ll then return to the hotel for a special highlight of the program: meeting a young performer on their way up to learn how they got started and how they balance performing in a show with school, friends and growing up.

Lunch: Bag lunch in the meeting room. If you have an early curtain or want to start your afternoon's adventures right away, you're welcome to take the lunch to go.

Afternoon: Free time. This period of time has been set aside for your personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. If an Broadway show is on your agenda, we suggest utilizing the TKTS Discount Ticket Booth located in Times Square for day-of purchases at a 30% - 50% discount off regular box office prices. Alternatively, to purchase tickets ahead of time, we recommend the TodayTix app. It allows for advance sales at a very low service fee, features discounts and allows one to choose a section, though not a specific seat location. Note: Ticketmaster and Telecharge charge exorbitant fees.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like. If you have something special in mind, we recommend making reservations in advance.

Evening: At leisure. Experience more of what New York has to offer to see and do what interests you most.

DAY
5
Actor in Aladdin, Wardrobe, Workshop, Broadway's Aladdin
New York
B,D
New Yorker Hotel

Activity note: Walking up to 5 miles throughout the day.

Breakfast: In Tick Tock Diner.

Morning: Another special highlight, we’ll meet a theatre professional who works behind the scenes in wardrobe. We’ll hear how those quick changes work to support the performers on stage. Next, we’ll be joined by a seasoned Broadway actor who will tell us about life of a performer and what it takes to be successful.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: For our third and last theatre workshop, kids and adults will join together again to learn more about movement in Broadway musicals. Our educator will take us through the moves we’re perfecting.

Dinner: A plated meal at a neighborhood restaurant. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: We will attend a performance on Broadway of Disney's Aladdin, the international blockbuster that takes us on a magic carpet ride to a whole new world. Returning to the hotel, prepare for check-out and departure after our closing session in the morning.

DAY
6
Wrap-up Session, Program Concludes
New York
B

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

Breakfast: In the meeting room.

Morning: We’ll have a lively wrap-up session and discuss the performances included in the program and any you may have attended on your own. 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!






Important registration tip:
If you want to attend the live lecture, please do not wait until the last minute to enroll.
If you enroll after a lecture is complete, we’ll send you a recording of the event.