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New York

And … Action! New York’s Theater, Film & TV With Your Grandchild

Learn what happens off screen and after curtain call as you and your grandchild go behind the scenes of NYC’s entertainment industry, as well as attend two amazing performances!
Rating (5)
Program No. 23137RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
2,149 / ADULT
1,349 / CHILD
New York

And … Action! New York’s Theater, Film & TV With Your Grandchild

Learn what happens off screen and after curtain call as you and your grandchild go behind the scenes of NYC’s entertainment industry, as well as attend two amazing performances!
Length
6 days
Starts at
2,149 / ADULT
1,349 / CHILD
Length
6 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
2,149 / ADULT
1,349 / CHILD
Program No. 23137RJ

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Jul 23 - Jul 28, 2023
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At a Glance

Set the scene for your next adventure in the entertainment capital of the east coast: dazzling New York City. Together with your teenage grandchild, you’ll receive an inside look into the glitz and glam of theater, film and television while also learning about the hard work that goes into making a production. You’ll meet film and Broadway professionals; try your hand at production during a visit to the iconic NBC Studios and be serenaded by singing waiters before attending a Broadway performance. Along the way, you and your grandchild will explore famous film locations for an eye-opening deep dive into show business in the “city that never sleeps.”
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Walking up to five 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…

  • Enjoy a lively Broadway show and participate in an interactive off-Broadway experience.
  • Explore famous film sites and a television studio for an insider’s look into the industry.
  • Set off on a field trip to the Museum of the Moving Image, the country’s only museum dedicated to the history, technique and technology of this art form.
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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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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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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
5 B 3 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. Walking 1/2 mile, approximately 20 minutes; city streets and sidewalks.

Afternoon: 4:00-4:30 p.m. Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, take your bags to your room. At 4:00 p.m., come to the designated hotel meeting room (location will be posted) 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, 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: In the Tick Tock Diner just off the lobby of our historic hotel, 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: Following dinner, we will walk over to the Empire State Building for a bird’s eye view of the city. You are welcome to stay as long as you like and return on your own.

DAY
2
Rockefeller Center, Radio City, In the Heights Screening
New York
B,L,D
New Yorker Hotel

Activity note: Use of New York City subway system. Walking up to 5 miles throughout the day; city streets and sidewalks, stairs.

Breakfast: In The Tick Tock Diner.

Morning: We'll start our day in the meeting room with an illustrated talk by a local expert who will give us an overview of the arts in this great city. Next, we’ll be joined by an industry professional (in film or television depending on availability) for an insider’s view of how things really work.

Lunch: Bag lunches in Midtown.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll visit Radio City Music Hall for a behind-the-scenes look at the famed theater which originally opened as a movie house but now presents mainly concerts, award shows like The Tonys, and the yearly Christmas Spectacular. Following our look at Radio City, we'll explore Rockefeller Center, home to NBC television programs including The Tonight Show, The Today Show, Saturday Night Live, and a host of others past and present. As we walk around the plaza with our Group Leader, we'll learn about the history of this iconic NYC site.

Dinner: At a neighborhood restaurant.

Evening: After dinner, we'll visit one of NYC’s independent cinemas where we’ll have a private screening of the musical film, ‘In The Heights’, which was filmed entirely on location in New York City. Written by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, ‘In the Heights’ tells the story of Usnavi, a bodega owner in Washington Heights. We’ll follow him, his family, friends and neighbors over the course of one eventful summer. Tomorrow, we'll take a deeper dive into the world of this film as we travel up to The Heights to visit the locations used in the film and see how the film mirrors and changes the real-life neighborhood to aid in its telling of the story.

DAY
3
In The Heights, Singing Waiters, Improv
New York
B,L,D
New Yorker Hotel

Activity note: Use of New York City subway. Walking up to 5 miles throughout the day; city streets and sidewalks, some stairs.

Breakfast: In the Tick Tock Diner.

Morning: In our meeting room at the hotel, we'll meet a location manager from the film industry. Tasked with finding real-world places for use as a film set (as opposed to a built set on a sound stage), our guest will discuss what it takes to find just the right spot. We'll then jump on the legendary A-train subway and head up to Washington Heights, where we'll put the knowledge we've just learned to use as we explore locations from the musical film ‘In the Heights’.

Lunch: At a neighborhood restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, our expert will lead us on a stroll through Times Square and the Theater District. We'll learn about the history of the area and see many of the Broadway Theaters. We'll also learn how to utilize the TKTS Booth for day-of theater tickets.

Dinner: At a festive 1950s style diner, we'll enjoy dinner as the waiters and waitresses sing for us. Over the years, many of the staff at this restaurant have gone on to successful careers in the theater.

Evening: We’ll attend a private interactive performance at a local improv company. Get ready to help create the show!

DAY
4
Central Park Adventure, 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; city streets and sidewalks, some stairs. Extent and duration of walking and other free time activities according to personal choice.

Breakfast: In the Tick Tock Diner.

Morning: We will divide into smaller groups and set out on a walking field trip to explore New York’s biggest and best green space and film set, Central Park. Equipped with maps and clues, we’ll search for some of the most famous sights that have appeared in movies and TV.

Lunch: In Central Park, we’ll have box lunches.

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 additional 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 percent 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: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to have what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
NYC Theater, Meet an Actor, Broadway Musical Performance
New York
B,D
New Yorker Hotel

Activity note: Use of New York City subway. Walking up to 5 miles throughout the day; city streets and sidewalks, some stairs.

Breakfast: In the Tick Tock Diner.

Morning: In our hotel meeting room, we'll spend our morning meeting folks who work on Broadway, learning about how their work contributes to what we see when we go to a performance.

Lunch: On your own to explore the local fare.

Afternoon: Regrouping at the hotel, we’ll meet and talk with an actor from the show we will be attending this evening.

Dinner: At a neighborhood restaurant. Share favorite experiences and enjoy camaraderie with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: Tonight we'll attend a performance of the Broadway musical ‘Hadestown’. This Tony Award-winning musical is an updated retelling of a Greek myth in which Orpheus goes to the underworld to rescue his lover, Eurydice.

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

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

Breakfast: In the Tick Tock Diner.

Morning: In the meeting room, 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 another rewarding program 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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