Program Details

Basically Broadway Glee Club

Barbara Brilliant
Music / Personal Improvement

Course Description

Experts agree that choral singing is good for us! Everyone is welcome to join the "Basically Broadway Glee Club." Reading music is not necessary nor is prior experience, although all level of vocalists, including professionals are welcome. There are no auditions except for those who want to sing solos. Each session includes vocalizing, learning repertoire and theory when appropriate. Members will be given music and lyrics. The participants are active members who not only make new pathways in their brain, but give back what they have learned by spreading the joy around in a final concert. The concert is not compulsory but there has yet to be anyone who chose not to participate. There will be eight rehearsal sessions followed by a concert for friends and family.

About the Instructor

BROADWAY MUSICALS: A Jewish Legacy Barbara Brilliant An recent Peabody award-winning television host, producer, columnist and songwriter/conductor, Barbara Brilliant has worked in the media for over 30 years. She created and was Executive Producer for the film BROADWAY MUSICALS: A JEWISH LEGACY which aired on PBS Great Performances, the BBC and around the world. It recently won the prestigious PEABODY AWARD for “stories that make a difference.” The award was presented May 19th at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.
For 12 years she was the host and producer of “Prime Time” at the NBC affiliate in Boston. Presently Barbara does A&E previews and reviews in a segment called The BRILLIANT BUZZ for NewTV. She also directs the LLARC Glee Club at Regis College in Weston. On television and in print, Barbara has interviewed innumerable notables such as: Carol Channing, Robert Goulet, John Raitt, Shirley Jones, Carrol O’Conner, Eartha Kitt, Presidents Reagan and Carter, Ray Bolger, Joan Rivers, and hundreds of others. Barbara was a musical theatre actress in both the United States and Canada having played leads in musicals such as Fiddler on the Roof, Bells Are Ringing and Plain & Fancy. Her debut album, BRILLIANT BETTER LATE THAN NEVER has won many awards including the ASCAP MAC award. A Summa Cum Laude graduate from Boston College, and McGill Teachers College, she attended McGill Conservatory of Music where she studied theatre, harmony and pianoforte. In government, Barbara was Artist-in-Residence for the City of Boston and Advisor to the Massachusetts Cabinet Secretary Franklin P. Ollivierre. She is a fellow with the National Press Foundation and a winner of AARP's excellence in television award. BROADWAY MUSICALS: A Jewish Legacy is a ninety-minute documentary film that explores the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical. For the first time there is a film that examines the phenomenon that, over the fifty-year period of its development, the songs of the Broadway musical, commonly referred to as “The American Songbook,” were created almost exclusively by Jewish-Americans. This show is a melding of great Broadway show tunes and entertaining performances with a new perspective on this cultural history through archival clips and interviews. The film is being streamed through the PBS Great Performances site free of charge. DVDs are available at PBS, Amazon, Walmart, Target and many other outlets. It is a 2 disc set with the entire film plus a bonus interview DVD. 
Feel free to read the reviews on the PBS site by those who saw the film. I also have reviews etc. 

Carl Reiner recently weighed in on the film. I believe that Betty gave you the quote but I am happy to resend it. "I was amazed, delightfully surprised, ethnically proud and immensely entertained by the PBS presentation of  'Broadway Musicals - A Jewish Legacy'.  I am so happy that my enthusiastic response to the show has found a print outlet for my hearty recommendation." - Carl Reiner

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