Senior Citizen Program

About the Program


                                                       THE MAGIC OF BROADWAY


 AS PART OF NEW YORK CITY’S SM(ARTS)S: Seniors Meet the Arts Program


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Inside Broadway, acclaimed for introducing over half a million New York City children to musical theatre over 25 years, has begun bringing unique cultural experiences to 17 senior citizen centers throughout New York City: The Magic of Broadway. The new four-month project is part of New York City’s new SM(ART)S: Seniors Meet the Arts initiative. With a special grant from New York City’s Department For the Aging (DIFTA)/Commissioner Edwin Méndez-Santiago, LCSW,  the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA)/Commissioner Kate. D Levin and New York City Council Members Domenic M. Recchia and Maria del Carmen Arroyo, teaching artists are conducting 20-week residencies at the centers, holding workshops in theatre games, acting, movement and vocal techniques, and ultimately developing, with senior groups, jointly created mini-musicals.. 


Michael Presser, Founder and Executive Director of Inside Broadway, says "The Magic Of Broadway is a wonderful extension of Inside Broadway’s mission to bring the experience of musical theatre to the public– and now to a whole new audience, in a life-enhancing way.  Early sessions have been very exciting, with participants easily joining in the creative process of working together on stage, and bringing their own visions and talents.  We anticipate that a lot of wonderful theatre will result!”


The Magic Of Broadway will continue with once-weekly, one-hour workshops through the beginning of June 2008.  Concurrently, Inside Broadway will tour the classic musical You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown in a professional production directed especially for children, to over 70 public schools throughout New York City; teach Build-A-Musical workshops, where children work with teaching artists to create their own musicals, in 35 schools; and present, in May, its annual Creating the Magic, a special free demonstration, at a Broadway theatre, of the various elements comprising a Broadway show, with guest performers from current Broadway casts.


Participating centers for The Magic of Broadway are:



Steinway Senior Services

Selfhelp Austin Street

Young Israel of Queens Valley SC

Florence E. Smith SC

JSPOA Rockaway Blvd SC



Wayside Tompkins SC

Fort Greene Albany SC

Fort Greene Hazelbrooks SC




Dora & Harry Simon SC

RAIN Boston Secor SC

Mechler Hall SC

PSS Highbridge SC

Parkside SC

Davidson SC



Encore Community Services

Roosevelt Island SC


Inside Broadway, the innovative and acclaimed children’s theater organization founded in 1982 by Michael Presser to create the audiences of tomorrow, celebrated its Twenty-Fifth Anniversary last fall with a Gala Benefit concert hosted by TV’s Pia Lindstrom and distinguished Broadway figures, such as Karen Ziemba, Bebe Neuwirth, Roger Bart, Rebecca Luker and Danny Burstein presenting and receiving its annual Broadway Beacon Awards, given to those performers who have supported Inside Broadway’s mission to develop the audiences of tomorrow.


Inside Broadway produces professional Equity touring productions of classic Broadway musicals that travel to school auditoriums across the city. These special 50 minute adaptations have included Richard Rodgers’ Broadway (about which the New York Times said “Rodgers couldn’t have better cheerleaders, in every sense of the word”), Bye Bye Birdie, On the Town, The Pirates Of Penzance, Kiss Me Kate, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Smokey Joe’s Café, and Sophisticated Ladies. All shows include student study guides and teacher lesson plans. Each season, over 150 performances are presented for school children. In other educational activities, the organization also operates an extensive teaching artist residency program that operates in public schools throughout the city, with programs to develop creativity and knowledge of theatre; and the company’s unique annual Creating The Magic.


Inside Broadway receives substantial and ongoing funding from several government agencies including the New York City Department of Education; New York State Office of Children and Family Services; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York City Department of Youth and Community Development; New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and New York State Department of Education; New York City Council: Christine Quinn, Speaker, Domenic Recchia, Chair Cultural Affairs Committee and Council Members Joseph Addabbo, Jr., Tony Avella, Erik Martin Dilan, Lew Fidler, Dan Garodnick, Eric Gioia, Vincent Gentile, Sara Gonzalez, Melinda Katz, Darlene Mealy, Michael McMahon, Annabel Palma, Joel Rivera, Larry Seabrook, Helen Sears, James Vacca and Thomas White, Jr. New York State Assembly Members Peter Abbate, Michael Benedetto, Adriano Espaillat, Michael Gianaris, Richard Gottfried, Brian Kavanagh, Linda Rosenthal, Michele Titus, Mark Weprin and Ellen Young; New York State Senators Andrew Lanza, John Flanagan, George Onorato, Tom Duane and Martin Golden


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