Ever watched a play and thought "I bet I could do that?" And then thought, "No, I'm too old."
Freddie Gershon does not think so. The 80-year-old spitfire from New York City has just launched Broadway Senior, a series of adaptations from popular Broadway musicals starring seniors … and he's auditioning. H Productions are made in a handful of senior communities, just to test it out, and it's in full swing.
It was a natural evolution, he says Senior Planet, from the Broadway Junior (more information here) program that he launched in 1994 for high school students and primary school students. (Since that launch, more than 165,000 separate productions have been performed, with around 5 million children in the lead role in " Fiddler on the Roof ," " Into the Woods ," " Annie ”and more.)
Now it is seniors' turn. " Into the Woods "was also one of Gerson's early productions with senior participants, recently in Lenox Hill Neighbor House on the Upper East Side of Manhattan was set up. … and it was placed on " Boys and Dolls " at Juniper Village in State College, PA. [1
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The feedback and appreciation from the senior cast is great, he says. "I feel so good v inside, "he reveals. He remembers a woman who confessed that she always wanted to try false eyelashes, and she was dizzy that her stage play would give her the chance.
The managers of the facilities have been supportive and hospitable so far.
Gershon told Playbill: "We had a 92-year-old cast member in our production of" Boys and Dolls ”Who began to sob after our first performance. He said: "I am overwhelmed that the public would respond to me, that they really liked it. I never knew what it was like to be an actor. & # 39; & # 39;
The planned 60-minute changes for Broadway Senior will be accessible to everyone, Gershon promises, including those with dementia and other problems.
Gershon has played many roles in real life. He was an entertainment lawyer and "cocktail pianist" and a so-called songwriter. He likes to say that he graduated from the Law Faculty (Columbia) in the same year that the Beatles went on the Ed Sullivan show. He was involved in film financing and distribution, including the legendary " Tommy ."
For more information about the Broadway Seniors, see the article in Playbill.
And view the latest Gershon news on MTI shows.
Photo: Performance still from Into the Woods SR at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
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