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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.
Rating (4.5)
Program No. 22396RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
799
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.
Length
6 days
Starts at
799
Length
6 days
Rating (4.5)
Starts at
799
Program No. 22396RJ

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May 7 - May 12, 2023
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Aug 13 - Aug 18, 2023
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 7 - May 12, 2023
Starting at
999
Aug 13 - Aug 18, 2023
Starting at
999

At a Glance

Ethel Merman. “Show Boat.” “Oklahoma.” Many blocks from Manhattan’s dazzling lights, experience the very same love for Broadway music in the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. Hear the fingertips of a Broadway aficionado plunk the piano keys as your learning adventure moves from revered show tunes to musical blockbusters. Delight in the virtuoso's arrangements of show tunes. Go close-up on Broadway tunes and shows through captivating video clips. And take your seat for a behind-the-music discussion discovering the glorious history of musical theater!
Activity Level
Easy Going
All facilities are in one building, with approximately 300 yards walking required; a few stairs. Outside areas are mountainous, with inclines and uneven terrain.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Learn from an award-winning university professor who is an expert on Broadway musicals and show tunes.
  • Reminisce and explore from a feel-good list of dozens of musicals and show tunes.
  • Hear a prized multi-media presentation on Broadway music and explore the genre’s connections to classical and jazz.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room. Opportunities are available for traveling companions to attend a different program at Montreat during the same week. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Michael Ruiz
Originally from Camden, N.J., Michael Ruiz is a pianist whose original piano concertos were performed by the Winston-Salem Symphony, with each of his three children as soloists. He was featured on CNN for innovative multimedia use of the computer in higher education and was the 2004 University of North Carolina at Asheville recipient of the UNC Board of Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Michael holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Maryland.

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

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Michael Ruiz View biography
Originally from Camden, N.J., Michael Ruiz is a pianist whose original piano concertos were performed by the Winston-Salem Symphony, with each of his three children as soloists. He was featured on CNN for innovative multimedia use of the computer in higher education and was the 2004 University of North Carolina at Asheville recipient of the UNC Board of Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Michael holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Maryland.
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Tracy has been on the program staff of Montreat Conference Center since 1986. She began working with Elderhostel programs in 1989, and in 1997 assumed the additional role of on-site coordinator. A native of the area, she graduated from Asheville-Buncombe Technical College in 1981. Her favorite hobbies are hiking, pottery and reading. Tracy married Sam in 2007, and added three daughters to her family. In addition to her own grown children, she and Sam have been foster parents since 2010. They have four grandchildren.
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.
Sing for Your Supper
by Ethan Mordden
Oh, What a Beautiful Morning
by Ethan Mordden
The History of Jazz
by Ted Gioia
Film Choreographers and Dance Directors: An Illustrated Biographical Encyclopedia with a History and Filmographies
by Larry Billman
One More Kiss
by Ethan Mordden
The Hollywood Musical (2nd edition)
by Jane Feuer
The Jazz Standards: A Guide to Repertoire
by Ted Gioia
Popular Music in America: And the Beat Goes On
by Michael Campbell
Dancing in the Sun: Hollywood Choreographers, 1915-1937
by Naima Prevots
Classical Music for Dummies
by David Pogue and Scott Speck
Open a New Window
by Ethan Mordden
Everything is Coming Up Roses
by Ethan Mordden
The Golden Age of Cinema: Hollywood, 1929-1945
by Richard Jewell





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