Creating the Magic
Inside Broadway’s Creating the Magic is a unique, fun and educational careers in theatre seminar program that brings New York City’s under-served public school students to a Broadway theatre to learn about the important behind the scenes elements of a Broadway musical.
During this 75-minute presentation the actors and musicians perform musical selections from the show and the technical/special effects are demonstrated by each department’s head and the show’s production stage manager. Creating the Magic gives the hard workers who usually go unseen each night a chance to shine in the spotlight!
Creating the Magic is a free program for New York City’s public school students. For many of these students, this is their first time in a Broadway theater. It seeks to inspire children to use their creativity and realize that careers in the arts are viable, important, and fun. We also firmly believe that the program fosters and develops new audiences for the future. Schools that attend our Creating the Magic program are schools that participate in our programs.
Previous Creating The Magic seminars have been held with: Mamma Mia!, On the Town, Wicked, Billy Elliot The Musical, Annie, Motown, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Hairspray, Les Miserables, CATS.
For Inside Broadway's 2nd Creating the Magic of 2017, The Phantom Of The Opera by Andrew Lloyd Weber did not disappoint! The magic of the set, pyrotechnics, make-up and song kept the school children's rapt attention. Musicians from the pit orchestra and the conductor took the stage to talk about what it's like to play on a Broadway show. There was no question why this has been Broadway's longest running show to date.
The 1st Creating the Magic of 2017 was Chicago! The school children were treated to a Fosse dance demo and then got to participate from their seats applying their own razzle-dazzle to the choreography taught onstage by the Dance Captain. The children certainly responded to the exciting theatricality of this long-running hit.
For our 3rd Creating the Magic of 2016, students were taken back to 19th-century France for the Musical Theatre adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel, Les Misérables. They were fortunate to see performances and behind-the-scenes demonstrations from this classic story before the show left Broadway in September 2016.
2015 transported 3,800 New York City school children over the rainbow to the Gershwin Theater. There they were enchanted by Inside Broadway’s 75 minute custom designed careers in theatre seminar. Revealing some of the secrets as the show as well seeing the actors’ performers some of the most iconic music in musical theater.