The true story of the Von Trapp Family is quite different from the story in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s blockbuster hit. Entertainment historian (and Morristown resident) John Kenrick takes us behind the scenes to learn about a fascinating family saga and how it inspired the stage and screen sensation, one of the most popular musicals of all time. 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.”
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