As the world’s leading theater destination, New York is chock-full of great performers, directors, choreographers and musicians, as well as theater fans and groups that love learning about Broadway. The innovative Broadway Classroom program brings them all together, giving visitors a chance to have their own theater experience with the help of Broadway professionals.
“Broadway Classroom offers about 17 different types of workshops, anything from improv to stage combat, singing, dancing and music classes,” said Heather Jones, director of the Broadway Classroom program for parent company Group Sales Box Office/Broadway.com. “We have a hands-on tech class where people can discover what it takes to put on the shows; they become the director, manager and costume designers, and put on a show at the end of two hours.”
Each of the workshops ranges in length from 90 minutes to two hours and is customized to the interests of the visiting groups. Many student groups enjoy learning a popular song and dance from a current Broadway show; adult groups often have question-and-answer sessions with Broadway performers in which they learn about the craft.
Groups often coordinate their Broadway Classroom sessions to correspond with the shows they’ll be seeing in New York.
“We’ll bring in cast members from the show, and they’ll learn the music and choreography that they’re going to see on stage,” Jones said.