The Golden Age of American Musicals
Immerse yourself in the “Golden Age” of American musicals as you enjoy backstage access to local theaters and attend live performances of some of America’s most beloved shows.
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Program No. 9315RJ
5 days
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Journey from the 1920s to the 1950s to experience the “Golden Age” for American music and musicals. The Brothers Gershwin and Fred Astaire created many unforgettable Broadway shows and musicals. The American Musical was evolving into a genre that would capture the world’s admiration and attention as is exemplified by the timeless "My Fair Lady." Trace the history of musical theatre from burlesque to the vast changes following "West Side Story." Experience the highlights of this glorious time while relaxing by the lovely Delaware seaside!
Activity Level
Easy Going
Participants must be able to climb a few stairs, stand for up to an hour, get on and off a motor coach and walk a up to 5 blocks indoors or out.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Through film clips, recordings, live music and lively lectures, learn how Fred Astaire’s career evolved and the Brothers Gershwin left a lasting imprint on the music of Broadway and Hollywood.
  • Get an insider's look at one of America's greatest contributions to entertainment and world culture!
  • Explore the inner workings of a local theatre and enjoy a backstage exploration.
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Bill Messenger
Bill Messenger is a musician whose Road Scholar programs are a mix of popular music history and song, combining whimsical tales with catchy tunes that tickle the ivories and the funny bone. In his musical career Bill has played backup piano for Mama Cass Elliot, studied musical composition at the Peabody Conservatory under Louis Cheslock and been voted “Baltimore’s Best Pianist” by the readers of Baltimore Magazine. Critic Robert Lippman called him “a cross between Max Morath and Victor Borge.”
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