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Broadway Backstage

January 7 @ 1:00 pm - January 28 @ 2:30 pm

Let us sneak you in the Stage Door to go “backstage” on Broadway for discussions with theater professionals & video highlights.

Broadway Backstage

Four Thursdays, January 7-28, 2021

1:00-2:30pm (PST), 2:00-3:30pm (MST), 3:00-4:30pm (CST), 4:00-5:30pm (EST)

on Zoom

Let JCC Program Director & Broadway/opera instructor James Sokol sneak you in the Stage Door to go “backstage” on Broadway! Meet special guest theater professionals – who bring unique expertise, experiences & insights to the discussion – at our exclusive, live, behind-the-scenes visits. Photos/video clips (when available) will enrich the experience.

Come learn, off-stage, what makes the magic happen on-stage!

The Special Guests for January:

Randy Graff – The Veteran (Jan 7)

With a multifaceted career as actress and singer, Randy Graff has made her home on Broadway & Off Broadway stages, regional theater and concert halls from coast to coast as well as in film and television. Along the way she has received the coveted Tony and Drama Desk Awards for her role in City of Angels, as well as an Outer Critics, Drama Desk and Tony Award Nomination for her work in A Class Act. Ms. Graff had the distinction of creating the role of Fantine in the original Broadway production of Les Miserables for which she received a Helen Hayes Award nomination. Her work for playwright Neil Simon includes Laughter on the 23rd Floor opposite Nathan Lane and Hotel Suite for the prestigious Roundabout Theater Company. Other Broadway starring roles include Falsettos, High Society and sharing the stage with Carol Burnett in Moon Over Buffalo. She co-starred with Alfred Molina in the 2004 revival of Fiddler on the Roof and received a Best Actress Drama League Nomination and Outer Critics Circle Nomination.

Kelli Barrett – The One to Watch (Jan 14)

Kelli Barrett has been seen on Broadway in Gettin’ The Band Back Together, Doctor Zhivago, Wicked, The Royal Family and Baby It’s You!. Off-Broadway credits include Rock of Ages and On Your Toes at Encores! while highlights of regional credits include Goodspeed’s Deathless and Bay Street’s acclaimed production of My Fair Lady. Barrett has been seen on the big and little screen in Emma, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Blue Bloods, Chicago Fire, NCIS, Law & Order:SVU, Person of Interest, Ugly Betty, and The Good Wife to name just a few.

James Moye – The Actor/Director (Jan 21)

Tootsie, Dear Evan Hansen, Aladdin, On The 20th Century, Bullets Over Broadway, Million Dollar Quartet, Ragtime, A Tale of Two Cities, The Full Monty and Urinetown are the 10 Broadway shows under actor James Moye’s belt. His extensive acting career includes films, TV shows, commercials, world premiere musicals, and plays at many of America’s finest regional theaters. Whether playing leading men or supporting characters, Moye has experienced a great deal of critical success. He has worked with some of the most prominent theater artists in America today, including Steve Martin, Kristen Chenoweth, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, Joe Mantello, Casey Nicholaw, Jack O’Brien, and Susan Stroman. Moye has also directed Million Dollar Quarter for The State Theater of North Carolina.

Carolee Carmello – The “Go to Gal” (Jan 28)

A multiple-award nominee, Carolee Carmello most recently starred as Dolly Levi in the National Tour of Hello, Dolly! On Broadway, Carmello has been seen in leading roles of musicals including Tuck Everlasting, Finding Neverland (Drama Desk nom), Scandalous (Tony & Drama Desk noms), Sister Act, The Addams Family (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle noms), Mamma Mia!, Lestat (Tony & Drama Desk noms), Urinetown, Kiss Me Kate, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Parade (Tony nom & Drama Desk Award), 1776, Falsettos, and City of Angels. Highlights of her many Off-Broadway credits include Hello Again (Obie Award) and her year-long turn as Mrs. Lovett in the critically-acclaimed Sweeney Todd at NYC’s Barrow Street Theatre, while her screen credits include The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Madam Secretary, Smash, Law and Order: SVU, Frasier. Ms. Carmello’s concert appearances have taken her across America and Europe, including engagements at Lincoln Center, Town Hall, and Carnegie Hall.

Ticket & Notes:

Your ticket purchase helps support not only this program, but also our special guests – theater professionals – who are mostly or completely out of work.

Series Tickets: $50/Series of 4-visits (equals $12.50/Single Visit).

Give-Us-A-Try Tickets: $15/Single visit. Check us out by giving our first visit a try. Single tickets are not available to subsequent visits; unfortunately, single tickets cannot be credited toward series purchase.

Tickets: All tickets are 1) are per device, not per person, on Zoom, and 2) are non-refundable & non-exchangeable.

The Fine Print:

Fortunately, we’ve had very few issues, but just to be clear…

Getting Your Zoom “Event Link”: The Zoom event link will be sent to all registrants 24-hours prior to the event. Registrants are requested to make sure the email with the link has arrived and even test to make sure the link launches zoom. If the email does not arrive, please see “Troubleshooting” below. The link will be (re)sent to all registrants 2-hours prior to the event.

Troubleshooting: We will do our best to remedy any issues. Ticket buyers who have completed Zoom event registration, but NOT received the Zoom event link should contact James (see below) before 4:00pm (PST) on the day prior to the event to allow proper time to find a solution.

Late Troubleshooting: We will try our best to – but cannot guarantee – help with Zoom event registration/links to guests contacting James after 4:00pm (PST) on the day prior to the event.

Live Only: In agreement with our guides, artists, instructors, special guests, etc., events are not recorded. Make-up sessions are unavailable. Credit/refund is not given for missed events.

Liability: While we will do our best to remedy any issues, The Osher Marin JCC & its Program Partners cannot be held responsible for 1) issues related to Eventbrite or Zoom, 2) ticket buyers not following the instructions above, nor 3) packing, shipping, or deliver services of food/beverages not received in time for tasting events.

Don’t ya just hate “the fine print?!!”

Questions? Email James at [email protected]

Broadway Backstage is created by the Osher Marin JCC (San Rafael, CA) and offered by the National JCC Adult & Senior Alliance. See below for a full list of Alliance Partners.

ALL ARE WELCOME to join in our activities! JCC members, non-members, those who live near or far, people of all backgrounds, faiths, ethnicities, hair styles, fashion choices, chocolate preferences, etc. “The more the merrier!”