Algonquin Arts

Lifelong Learning

Algonquin Arts Theatre is excited to announce our debut lineup of Lifelong Learning Classes in 2018. Classes are 90 minutes long on weekday afternoons. Advance reservations are requested and can be made via the links on this page or by calling our Box Office at 732-528-9211.

Each 90-minute class costs $15 and registration links are under each class heading. Patrons can register for all five classes for a discounted rate of $50 using the link immediately below this line.

Register For All Five Classes
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Benny Goodman & His Kingdom of Swing
1:00pm, $15
Instructor(s): Dan Levinson & James Langton

Dan Levinson and James Langton lead a 90-minute class to talk about Benny Goodman and his role as the King of Swing. This class leads into the Sunday, January 14 concert celebrating Goodman's 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
The Musicals of Leonard Bernstein
1:00pm, $15
Instructor(s): Brett Colby

One of the first U.S.-born conductors to receive worldwide acclaim, Bernstein was also a prolific composer, with works encompassing theatre, classical, ballet, film and more. Learn how his broad range of musical interests influenced his theatre works, which include musicals like "On The Town," "Wonderful Town" and "West Side Story" (coming to the Algonquin stage in April 2018).

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Music with the Maestro: Madame Butterfly
1:00pm, $15
Instructor(s): Father Alphonse Stephenson

Father Alphonse Stephenson will host a lecture on the opera Madame Butterfly on April 25, 2018. Alphonse will discuss the plot, music and composer of the opera. A great standalone class for fans of the opera, as well as a great lead in to the staged concert of Madame Butterfly at the Algonquin on Sunday, April 29.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Mel Brooks & His Love of Musicals
1:00pm, $15
Instructor(s): Brett Colby

Famous for his screwball comedies, Mel Brooks' film career was bookended by his work in musical theatre. Nearly every one of Brooks' 11 major films features a stage or movie musical influence, beginning with The Producers (to be performed at the Algonquin in May 2018).

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Life and Legacy of Louis Armstrong
1:00pm, $15
Instructor(s): Ricky Riccardi

Ricky Riccardi is Archivist for the Louis Armstrong House Museum in New York, and self-confessed 'Louis Armstrong freak'. He graduated with a Master's in Jazz History and Research from Rutgers and had delivered lectures on Armstrong at the Institute of Jazz Studies, the Satchmo Summerfest in New Orleans, the Monterey Jazz Festival and many other locations around the world.

The Director of Research Collections for the Louis Armstrong House Museum was published in 2011 to write the liner notes for the productions of never previously release material from the Louis Armstrong Archives on its Legends series. These productions were licensed from the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation. Riccardi is the author of the critically acclaimed What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong's Later Years.

The 21st century's foremost expert on Louis Armstrong, according to Thomas Cunniffe of Jazz History Online, Riccardi Is immersed in all things Armstrong. He runs the online blog, The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong, and lectures on Armstrong at venues around the world, including the Institute of Jazz Studies, the Satchmo Summerfest, the Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival. He has taught a "Music of Louis Armstrong" graduate course at Queens College and a six-week "Swing University" course on Louis Armstrong at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Ricky has also co-produced Armstrong releases for Mosaic Records and Universal.