Broadway Backstage   

Broadway Backstage   

Starts September 3, 2020 - Ends September 24, 2020
4:00 PM

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Broadway Backstage
September 3, 10, 17, 24, 2020 | 4:00 – 5:30pm (EST) via ZOOM
Series of 4-classes | $60  


Single Class | $20  


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The Bender JCC is delighted to partner with our friends at The Osher Marin JCC of San Rafael, CA.   Let JCC colleague Program Director & Broadway/opera instructor James Sokol sneak you in the Stage Door to go “backstage” on Broadway! A different, special guest theater professional – who brings his/her unique expertise, experiences, and insights to the discussion – will be featured at each of these exclusive, behind-the-scenes visits. Live Q&A and photos/video clips (when available) will enrich the experience.  Come learn, off-stage, what makes the magic happen on-stage!

Optional Broadway Chat:  If you like, stay after the class for an additional 30-mins to meet other Broadway lovers in a small “chat room” and discuss a proposed question or just connect over the topic of the small group’s choice. No need to register for the chat; it will be offered at the end of each class.


The Special Guests for September: 


September 3 I Tim Dolan – The Walking Broadway Encyclopedia

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Begin our Broadway journey by touring the Southern Times Square area with the incomparable and multi-talented Tim Dolan. When not performing, Dolan runs his small business offerings the district’s premiere tours. Explore some of the theaters from 41st to 44th Streets. Hear about the titans & legends associated with these theaters and much, much more!


Sep 10 I Caitlin Kinnunen – The Tony Nominee!  

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After making her Broadway debut at age 16 in Spring Awakening, Caitlin Kinnunen went on to The Bridges of Madison County and, most recently, to the leading role of Emma Nolan in the 2018 The Prom, earning a Tony nomination for “Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical.”


Sep 17 | Amy Justman – The “Leading Lady of Crossover”

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With a career spanning musical theater, classical music, jazz & beyond, Amy Justman has performed on Broadway in the 2006 revival of Sondheim’s Company, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, In Transit and, most recently, covering and performing for both Renée Fleming and Jessie Mueller in the revival of Carousel.


Sep 24 | Max Clayton – The Chorus-star

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Max Clayton – The Chorus-star (Sep 24)

More than a “chorister,” Max Clayton has emerged as one of the premier, most in-demand chorus boys of Broadway – a “chorus-star!” After his Broadway debut in On the Town, Clayton went on to be in the ensembles (and, in some cases, the understudy for the leads) in the revivals of Gigi and Hello Dolly! and in Something Rotten!, Bandstand, Pretty Woman and, most recently, the hit Moulin Rouge!