Behind the Scenes of New York Theater

April 27 – May 2, 2018

When you go to the theater, you probably don’t think about all of the hours, conversations and details that went into that production. On this six-day backstage journey, meet with the creators of New York theater, visit some Broadway hangouts and learn about the inner workings that come together only when the curtain rises.

Think about more than whether a play will live up to The New York Times reviews, which can make or break a production. This trip will change your view of Broadway: you will meet with some of New York’s leading creators and practitioners of theater, and learn about the road a play travels before it’s ready for an audience. And you’ll have the guidance of an expert selected by The Times. This backstage experience will not only illuminate the world of making theater, but will also teach you how to experience theater with the eye of an insider.

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Scott Heller

Scott Heller is the deputy editor of Arts & Leisure and the theater editor of The New York Times. He joined The Times in 2010 from The Boston Globe, where he had served as arts editor.


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Give Your Regards to Broadway

Arrive in New York in the afternoon and meet your fellow Times travelers for an evening welcome reception and dinner. You will be joined by a theater insider who will share stories of experiences in New York theater.

The Play’s the Thing

This morning will set the stage for the rest of your journey. Meet with Jerry Patch, Manhattan Theatre Club’s Artistic Development Consultant and revered dramaturge to delve into the genesis of play development, and the process of how a play goes from page to stage. This afternoon, explore the Drama Bookshop, the go-to store for the industry’s play needs for 100 years. Meet with a staff member to discuss the importance of the bookshop to American playwrights and industry insiders. After dinner as a group, experience an invitation-only play reading.

Break a Leg! (Not Really)

Begin with a trip to a professional rehearsal space. Surrounded by the harmonious cacophony, meet a choreographer and dancer. Perhaps it will be Derick K. Grant, who tap-danced his way through “Bring in ’Da Noise, Bring in ’Da Funk” and has been a choreographer for stage and for “So You Think You Can Dance.” This will be your chance to rehearse as you participate in a private tap class (no experience required). After some time resting your feet, enjoy a preshow dinner with a casting director or theatrical agent. Following dinner, take your newfound knowledge of how a play is put together and experience an Off Broadway play.

Matinee Day

After a morning at leisure, gather for lunch at a restaurant like Bond 45, a favorite among Broadway producers. Enjoy prime seats to a Broadway matinee followed by an exclusive backstage tour with a Broadway stage manager or technical director. After dinner on your own, meet at a club, possibly Feinstein’s/54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club for cocktails, dessert and a show featuring some of Broadway’s finest performers in a cabaret atmosphere.

Triple Threat

Meet with a veteran director or designer to discuss the creative process. After lunch on your own, meet with a Broadway actor or actress for a private master class. This evening, gather for a farewell dinner followed by prime seats to a Broadway musical. Enjoy a post-show reception at Joe Allen or another favorite hangout for theater insiders. How many luminaries can you spot?

Homeward Bound

Depart for individual transportation home.




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Ideally located in Times Square, this 36-story luxury hotel is in the epicenter of Manhattan’s theater, dining, fashion and business districts.


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