North Carolina

Curtain Up! Broadway Musicals in the ‘Land of the Sky’

Experience the love of Broadway music in the Blue Ridge Mountains. With an expert in show tunes at the piano, get a behind-the-scenes view of musical theater and its glorious history.
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Program No. 22396RJ
6 days
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4.75 Average

Too much questioning


Our instructor Mike was terrific! Although not a scholar in the field, he had done his homework on over 100 musicals, and was eager to impart his knowledge to the class. Plus his piano skills allowed him to illustrate certain themes to the group. I especially enjoyed his tracing of the evolution of songs/musicals in different eras. Although you didn't need to have ever attended a Broadway musical performance, several group members had participated in various aspects of the theater. I learned more and enjoyed the program more than I expected. This program can be enjoyed by any fitness level (there were people in wheelchairs, on oxygen, etc.) but there are also walking opportunities and a hike for those more fit.


The program consisted of watching clips from Broadway musicals. Though the clips were interesting, there was not much activity. It was more like a classroom.


Roadscholar is a wonderful program. I have been on 7 programs and they have been very interesting to me. I learn a lot and look forward to other program in the future.


Road scholar is a wonderful program for senior citizens who are interested in learning new things,meeting new people, and seeing new places.

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Curtains UP! was a fantastic experience. The setting was lovely and the presenter a ball of energy with interesting material, in adddition to musical talent. The evening entertainment was also welcome and excellent for body and soul. I don't think I could have danced all night, however, especially with children as partners sometimes. I did give it a go for about an hour. While I have both salt and sugar restrictions, I thought the meals were varied enough, I could skirt those issues pretty well and still get plenty to eat. The duvet's were a little too heavy for the weather so it was nice to have a thinner blanket available. Likewise the extra pillow is a good idea for those of us with cranky legs and backs although mine was too hard to tuck where I needed it. I also enjoyed having some free time to walk and rest a bit, or visit with some of the many interesting participants of all programs on campus.


The North Carolina setting is magnificent. The food is excellent, varied, and generous. The rooms are very basic. For those of you who love Broadway, this is a feast. Unfortunately, there are no sing-alongs. The classroom is adequate-the chairs tend to put your backside to sleep. Instructor questions are welcomed. Lots of videos and some piano performance by the instructor. Lots of fun!


Our instructor, Michael Ruiz is enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. He is also a very accomplished musician. In fact I did hope that a little more of his program might have been with him playing. (He played for us one evening which was great. ) and had we stayed another week the adjacent program on Broadway would have had much more of Michael playing. We did not choose that one as we weren’t interested in the sing along portion, but the other two parts sound great. . He covered over 150 Broadway musicals primarily through video clips, from 1860 to today. Lots of favorites and some I want to investigate further. If you like to hear the signature and significant songs from broadway, you will enjoy this program. Montreat Inn is a beautiful historic conference center in the smoky mountains. The food was very good.

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