History of Broadway with John Viars

Audition Dates:

Jan. 26-Mar. 02, 2021


10:00 AM-12:00 PM





History of Broadway


Tuesdays, Jan. 26-Mar. 2, 2021

Time:  10:00 AM-12:00 PM

This class will be held online using the Zoom platform

How did a rough, Dutch frontier trading post, where stage performances were forbidden, develop into the theatrical capital of the world? It is a rare soul who doesn’t know something about the Great White Way, but very few know more about how Broadway came to be than John Viars, artistic director emeritus of the Des Moines Community Playhouse. In addition to his charming, insightful lecture, John has assembled an impressive multi-media presentation that highlights Broadway history with song, pictures, and juicy tidbits of gossip!

Instructor: John Viars, artistic director emeritus of The Playhouse, holds a B.A. and M.A. in theater from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  Active in national organizations, John is a past president of the American Association of Community Theater and group leader of the Professional Community Theater Directors Conference.  In 1990, he received the Eleanor Robson Award from the Council for International Understanding for contributions to international understanding.

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