Broadway & Beyond
Mon, April 27-Sat, May 2, 2020
$2,895/person w/air (double occupancy)
$2,345/person without air (double occupancy)
$900 single supplement
Includes: round-trip air from Palm Springs, five nights at the Millennium Times Square New York hotel, three Broadway shows, New York City tour, New Amsterdam Behind the Magic tour, Broadway Close-Up workshop, the FDR Presidential Library & Museum, dinner at Chez Josephine, breakfast daily, luggage fees, airport/hotel transfers, porterage, taxes and fees.
Escorted by Dennis Gilmore, OLLI Instructor
Registration deadline: February 21
Activity Level: Moderate w/considerable walking
See below for detailed itinerary.
This amazing OLLI tour highlights Broadway and all the best that New York has to offer. Enjoy five nights at the beautiful Millennium Times Square New York hotel, along with three Broadway shows, a half-day “Welcome to the Big Apple!” city tour, New Amsterdam Behind the Magic tour, Broadway 101 workshop, excursion to the FDR Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, and a group dinner at Chez Josephine. A full daily breakfast buffet is also included, with plenty of time to enjoy the many sights and museums of New York on your own. You’ll appreciate the ease of traveling from Palm Springs, or you can customize your travel from another location.
Broadway shows included on this trip:
The quintessential musical comedy about the search for love and cocktails in the Big Apple is turned on its head in Marianne Elliott's revelatory staging, in which musical theater's most iconic bachelor becomes a bachelorette. At Bobbie's 35th birthday party, all her friends are wondering why isn't she married? Why can't she find the right man? And, why can't she settle down and have a family? This whip smart musical, given a game-changing makeover for a modern-day Manhattan, features some of Sondheim's best loved songs, including Company,You Could Drive a Person Crazy,The Ladies Who Lunch,Side by Side, and the iconic Being Alive. Starring Patti LuPone.
Two-time Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick and two-time Emmy Award winner Sarah Jessica Parker return to Broadway together in the classic Neil Simon comedy Plaza Suite. Directed by Tony Award winner John Benjamin Hickey, this uproarious and piercing look at love and marriage is coming to Hudson Theatre for 17 weeks only. Two world-class actors play three hilarious couples in a Broadway classic from a legendary playwright and Pulitzer Prize winner.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Set in Alabama in 1934, Harper Lee's enduring story of racial injustice and childhood innocence centers on one of the most venerated characters in American literature, the small-town lawyer Atticus Finch, played by Ed Harris. The cast of characters includes Atticus's daughter Scout, her brother Jem, their housekeeper and caretaker, Calpurnia, their visiting friend Dill, a mysterious neighbor, the reclusive Arthur "Boo" Radley, and the others from the novel. The Scott Rudin-produced Mockingbird is told as a memory play, with Scout probing the memories of her childhood to figure out what really happened during that fateful summer in Maycomb, Alabama.
About our escort, Dennis Gilmore
Dennis is executive director emeritus of the Henderson County Performing Arts Center in Athens, Texas. For 27 years, he led the theater in producing live programs and new programs, including youth and senior theater companies. Dennis directed over 250 adult productions and more than 150 youth productions during his tenure. He was a professor of theater and speech and was technical director of the theater department for ten years at Trinity Valley Community College. He is also an accomplished actor, performing in many stage productions.
MONDAY, APRIL 27: Your exciting tour begins with a morning flight from PSP to New York City. Private transfer from the airport to the Millennium Times Square New York Hotel in the heart of the Times Square. Your luggage will be delivered to your room after check-in. Welcome to the Big Apple! Evening free.
TUESDAY, APRIL 28: Start your vacation with a half-day Welcome to the Big Apple! Tour of New York, guided by your personal tour escort (and professional actor) Jim Dykes. Jim is widely known as the most knowledgeable and entertaining tour guide in NYC. As we ride in our comfortable motor coach, we’ll get Jim’s personal take on NYC history, the changes happening to keep Manhattan the capital of the world, the fabulous real estate, and other insider info. Along the route, we’ll see the 911 Memorial, Central Park, Statue of Liberty State Park, and Rockefeller Center. We’ll also drive by Wall Street, Fifth Avenue, Midtown, and more. This tour is a great way to get the layout of the city and decide where you may want to revisit during your stay. Tonight, enjoy your first evening Broadway show! (B)
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29: We start our day with a tour of the beautifully restored New Amsterdam Theatre. Built in 1903, this Broadway landmark was once home to the legendary Ziegfeld Follies. We go behind the scenes and experience the history of the building and the magic that happens there today with Disney on Broadway. We'll learn about what goes into making shows such as Aladdin, Mary Poppins and The Lion King. This afternoon is wide open to catch a matinee performance or explore some of the fabulous sights of New York City: the Metropolitan Art Museum, Empire State Building, 911 Memorial, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Little Italy, Battery Park where you can board the ferry and sail around the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Central Park, Grant’s Tomb, Harlem, Fifth Avenue, and the United Nations. It’s show time tonight with our second Broadway show! (B)
THURSDAY, APRIL 30: This morning you are in for a real treat when you attend the Broadway Close-Up workshop. This fun conversation gives you the unique opportunity to talk one-on-one with two Broadway professionals (an actor, choreographer, lighting designer, producer, stage manager, or costumer) about their journey to Broadway. You can ask questions, hear backstage stories, and learn some of the tricks of the trade. Tonight, another Broadway show awaits! (B)
FRIDAY, MAY 1: Your final day includes a fabulous excursion to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum in Hyde Park, the first U.S. presidential library. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the museum and stroll the property overlooking the Hudson River at your leisure. We’ll also stop for a tour at Eleanor Roosevelt’s home, Val-Kill. Tonight, join your fellow OLLI travelers for a farewell dinner at the celebrated Chez Josephine restaurant. (B, D)
SATURDAY, MAY 2: Time to give your regards to Broadway as you are transferred from the hotel to the airport for your flight back to Palm Springs. (B)
This trip is offered in partnership with Let's Go Travel! To register, email us or call (760) 320-3009.