Group Monthly Special Presentations
Hudak On Hollywood is excited to offer presentations at a discounted rate during the 2020-21 season. The presentations will be given at the below dates and times as a webinar via Zoom live streaming. Presentations are one hour. For your scheduling convenience, each “Special” presentation will be given twice.
The rate for one presentation is $75. Tiered pricing is available to those who like to plan ahead:
$400 for any seven presentations (save $125)
$300 for any five presentations (save $75)
$200 for any three presentations (save $25)
Prices will adjust automatically when the cart is updated. Zoom meeting IDs and passwords will be sent immediately when payment is received.
For a demo video, and a full list of presentations that can be done either in person or via Zoom, please see: https://hudakonhollywood.com/presentations/
1) It’s something your members/residents can enjoy from the comfort of their own homes.
2) Alternatively, for members/residents who are not technologically inclined, the presentations can easily be shown in a meeting room/auditorium (with socially distanced seating).
Best Picture Oscar Talk: Thursday, April 22, 2021 – 4 pm ET
Journey into this year’s Best Picture Oscar nominees in this discussion of why each film was nominated and which is the odds-on favorite to emerge victorious. Clips and background information about all nominated films will be shared, and a discussion of the Academy’s voting process and habits will lend perspective to choosing the likely winner. Oscar history, trivia, and other major categories will also be covered! It’s a lively, insightful and fun hour-long presentation that’s not to be missed! Attendees are encouraged to see as many of the nominated films as possible before the presentation.
Note: The Oscars will be held Sunday, April 25, 2021.
The Oscars — Aftermath: Monday, April 26, 2021 – 7 pm ET
A day after the Oscars: What happened, why, and are you kidding me? We’ll discuss why the winners won, why the losers lost, and other highs and lows from Hollywood’s biggest night. Note: This is not a formal presentation; it is an informal conversation in which Dan Hudak will share his thoughts on the big night, and invite others to do the same.
Great Musical Moments Part I: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 – 7:30 pm ET
The dawn of the “talkie” in the late ‘20s didn’t just bring spoken words to the big screen – it also brought songs! This hour-long presentation chronicles the era of the “traditional” Hollywood musical, highlighted by Busby Berkeley’s choreography, Fred Astaire dancing with Ginger Rogers, the great Gene Kelly, and many more. Clips and images will be shared in what is sure to be a toe-tappin’ and informative good time!
Financial Frauds & Healthcare Hoaxes – Don’t Become A Victim!: Thursday, May 20, 2021 – 7:30 pm ET
Join white-collar criminal defense attorney Adriana Collado-Hudak to learn about the latest scams and cons hoping to separate you from your assets. Scammers routinely target retirees and seniors, especially those with substantial means. Don’t become their next victim!
Great Musical Moments Part II: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 – 7:30 pm ET
With the era of the Hollywood musicals complete, the mid-1950s saw a shift in production. No longer were song and dance sequences stuck inside a studio; now musicals were shooting on location with bigger budgets, which allowed the genre to get bolder, more experimental, and in some cases, more satisfying. But like many good things, it didn’t last. Clips and images from the greatest musicals of all time will be featured in this hour-long presentation that covers great changes both in the genre and the industry itself.
Songs That Changed The Game: Thursday, June 10, 2021 – 7:30 pm ET
The tech world would call them disruptors. Every so often a song comes along that heralds something new, a shift in pop music’s cultural landscape that will have an impact long after it’s replaced on the charts. In this presentation, we’ll look at five songs that changed music permanently. Drawing from a number of publications and sources, this presentation takes an entertaining look at songs that changed the way we listen. Presented by Music Critic Curtis Ross.
The Top Ten Longest Running Shows in Broadway History: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 – 7:30 pm ET
One measure of a show’s success is how long it runs on Broadway. Oklahoma!, which ran more than five years (2,212 performances), led the list in the 1940s. Now it ranks a mere 32nd. Today the top thirty shows are all musicals, and include popular titles such as The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago and The Lion King. Do any of those crack the top ten? This hour-long discussion that examines the ten longest running shows Broadway has ever seen. Presented by Theatre Critic Hap Erstein.
The Jewish Composers of Broadway: Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021 – 7:30 pm ET
As they sing with tongue-in-cheek in Monty Python’s Spamalot, “You Won’t Succeed on Broadway (If You Don’t Have Any Jews).” It is in fact true that the vast majority of the musical theater’s composers have been Jewish. From Irving Berlin to George Gershwin to Richard Rodgers to Stephen Sondheim, they have shaped this uniquely American art form, yet rarely until recent years have they written about the Jewish experience. This hour-long talk is a survey of the evolution of the Broadway musical, with a celebration of the creative individuals who made it happen. Presented by Theatre Critic Hap Erstein.
The Hamilton Phenomenon: Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 – 7:30 pm ET
Hamilton has been a hot ticket since it debuted in 2015. But what possessed composer-lyricist-playwright-original star Lin-Manuel Miranda to write a musical about the first Secretary of the Treasury and his Founding Father contemporaries, and set their history to a hip-hop beat? For those lucky enough – or wealthy enough – to snag seats to the show, this hour-long talk will deconstruct the musical to increase your enjoyment and appreciation of the highly acclaimed – and highly profitable – Broadway sensation. Presented by Theatre Critic Hap Erstein.