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Icons of the American Musical

Icons of the American Musical: Lecture Series

Lecturer: Ilyse Robbins

Lecture series created and delivered by Ilyse Robbins

Lectures include Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Bob Fosse, Judy Garland, John Kander and Fred Ebb, Gene Kelly, Liza Minelli, Rita Moreno, Shirley Temple and Bill Robinson, Jerome Robbins

Taught and delivered for Greater Boston Stage Company, Orchard Cove, and NewBridge on the Charles.


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Just wanted to pass along how much I’ve enjoyed your “Icons of the American Musical Theater” series. The lectures are loaded with insight, the clips are terrific, and your passion and enthusiasm for the subject matter really shines through. Looking forward to the next one.

Mike Hoban/Editor/Theater Mirror

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Thank you!  What a wonderful enlightening entertaining hour this has been. Can’t wait for the next!

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Patricia A. Kilty/Founding Mother of Stoneham

Ilyse has brought our community so much needed joy this past year with her engaging and entertaining musical theater lectures. The cares of the world just melted away as Ilyse brought us into the magical worlds of Fred and Ginger, Shirley Temple and other legends of stage and screen. Ilyse is always incredibly well prepared and professional. Her lectures have been a huge hit with our residents!

Susan Tovsky/Resident Program Manager/Orchard Cove

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That woman is seriously good... a find!

Mary Taylor/GBSC participant

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Just a note to tell you, Ilyse, and all involved in this Greater Boston Stage Company lecture series that I thoroughly enjoy the lectures, film clips, chronological outlines of the subject. I can't believe the quality of these presentations. The lecture was an element of joy for my day and week. God bless you, Ilyse, for what you do. Bringing joy to people's lives.

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Donna S. Reilly/Social worker, Journalist, Winchester Senior Center "Seaside Tapper"

As far as attention span + length of ZOOM meetings, well the hour your lectures take flies by! 

Tricia Papa/GBSC participant

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