Have you ever seen a stage play and thought, "I bet I could do that?" And then thought, "No, I'm too old."
Freddie Gershon does not believe that. The 80-year-old Spitfire from New York City has just released Broadway Senior, a series of adaptations of well-known Broadway musicals with seniors … and he's talking. H We have productions in a handful of high-level communities just to test them, and it's all the rage.
It was a natural evolution, he tells Senior Planet, from the Broadway Junior (learn more) program he started in 1994 for middle school students and primary school students. (Since its launch, more than 165,000 separate productions with approximately 5 million children have been performed in the films "Fiddler on the Roof" (1
Now it's the turn of seniors. " Into the Woods " was also one of Gershon's early productions with high-profile participants recently performed at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House on Manhattan's Upper East Side. … and on " Guys and Dolls " in Juniper Village at State College, PA.
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The feedback and appreciation of the older cast have been wonderful, he says. "I feel so good inside," he reveals. He remembers a woman who confessed that she always wanted to try false eyelashes, and she was dizzy that her stage performance would give her the chance now.
The administrators of the facilities have been helpful and friendly so far.
Gershon told Playbill, "We had a 92-year-old actor in our production of Guys and Dolls ]", who began to sob after our first performance. He said, "I am overwhelmed that the audience responded to me and really loved it." I never knew what it's like to be an actor.
The 60-minute adjustments planned for Broadway Senior will be accessible to all, as Gershon promises, including those with dementia and others.
Gershon has played many roles in real life. He was entertainment attendant and cocktail pianist and a aspiring songwriter. He likes to say that he graduated from law school in Columbia the same year the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. He was involved in the financing and distribution of films, including the legendary " Tommy ".
For more details about Broadway seniors, see the article description in Playbill Shows.
Photo: Performance still from Into the Woods SR at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
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