Program Details

Basically Broadway Glee Club

Barbara Brilliant

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. All 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 chooses not to participate. A concert will follow the eight rehearsal sessions, as Glee Club member, do not register for the one-time concert. Space is limited.

About the Instructor

  • Barbara Brilliant, recipient of a Peabody Award for "Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy" was both the creator and executive producer. The film airs on PBS. Brilliant has won numerous other awards for her television programs "Prime Time Conversation with the Conductor, For Kids Only", and other television programs which she hosted and/or produced. She has also won an award for her album "Brilliant Better Late Than Never". She has been artistic director of Basically Broadway North and Basically Broadway South (at OLLI Boca). At the NBC affiliate in Boston, she interviewed Carol Channing, John Raitt, Tommy Tune, Eartha Kitt, Robert Goulet, and many others. She studied at McGill Conservatory of Music and graduated summa cum laude from Boston College. Presently she is working with her daughter Michelle, Billy Porter, and "Show of Force" on another documentary, "Broadway Pride" detailing the LGBTQ+ contributions to the broadway musical.

    Accompanist Willa Trevens, earned a master's degree in music from Boston University. She has accompanied many professional singers and choruses.