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Broadway Backstage


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!


Matthew Aaron Stern – The Stage Manager (Nov 5)

Learn how crucial this backstage linchpin – “the heartbeat of the show!” – is by meeting Matthew Stern whose Broadway credits on 20+ productions include: Finding Neverland, On The Town, Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark, Death Of A Salesman, The Little Mermaid, Wicked, The Phantom Of The Opera, and The Full Monty. Stern has toured with Mandy Patinkin, Patti LuPone, John Lithgow, Billy Crystal, and spent two years on the road with Les Miserables. Don’t miss his stories of managing an entire show and of what is really going on behind-the-scenes!