HELLO, DOLLY! – The Broadway Backstory Masterclass

Journey inside the creation of a musical — from the spark of inspiration all the way to the thrill of opening night! What does it take to create a musical from scratch? How does the development of a show influence what we see from our seats in the audience?

We’ll take the program notes off the page and turn them into a living, breathing, singing dramaturgy experience. Through historical context, insider stories, musical references and great conversation, you will enhance your understanding of what makes a Broadway musical!

We’ll conclude with lunch and then see the show together.

Photograph by Julieta Cervantes 2018


Date: Sunday, April 28 at 10 a.m.
Location: 900 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis 55403
Masterclass Cost: Free
Ticket Cost : $23*
*You must attend the masterclass to purchase a ticket


Teaching Artist:

Max Wojtanowicz is a performer, writer, and educator based in the Twin Cities. A Rice, MN, native and a graduate of St. Olaf College, he has performed on stages at the Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theatre Company, Jungle Theater, Park Square Theatre, Ten Thousand Things, Theater Latté Da, Frank Theatre and Nautilus Music-Theater. He is the playwright & lyricist of six musicals, which have been performed at the MN Fringe Festival, Illusion Theater, Mayo Clinic’s Cancer Center, and the United Solo Festival, the world’s largest solo theatre festival in New York City. His latest show, Pansy, is currently in development with Theatre Latté Da. Max and Sheena Janson Kelley are founders, hosts, and curators of Musical Mondays, a monthly cabaret showcase providing performance opportunities for local musical theatre artists since 2012. Max has taught with St. Olaf College, St. Cloud Civic Theater, Plymouth Playshop, Southeastern Summer Theatre, Lakeville North High School, and Maple Grove High School, and acted as assistant director at the Guthrie and Ten Thousand Things. He lives in New Hope with his husband, Allen.

Special Guests:

Local actor Michelle Barber will join us for a song and Q&A focused on her time performing as Dolly Levi in Chanhassen Dinner Theatre’s production of Hello, Dolly. Pianist Jean Orbison Van Heel will accompany.