Lights! Camera! Action! During the golden age of Hollywood studios, no other matched the dazzling reputation or profitability of MGM. How did Louis B. Mayer and the thousands of employees he called family (but sometimes treated like serfs) turn out so many hit films? Morristown author and entertainment historian John Kenrick kicks off our fall series with a revealing multi-media talk covering the glorious rise and sad fall of the studio that boasted “more stars than there are in the heavens.”
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Our speaker: John Kenrick has worked in the theatre at every level from amateur to Broadway, and was personal assistant to six Tony Award-winning producers, including the team behind the original production of Rent. He has taught musical theatre at NYU’s Steinhardt School, The New School University, and Philadelphia’s University of the Arts. He’s appeared on NPR, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Newsday, as well as PBS, A&E’s Biography, BBC TV and The Travel Channel among others. He is the creator of the popular website Musicals101.com, and his books include “Musical Theatre: A History,” which just received a new 10th Anniversary edition. “John didn’t just make me laugh – he made me care.”