THE UNTOLD STORIES OF BROADWAY recounts the real-life backstage drama and opening night intrigue at eight legendary theaters. This book is unprecedented in its scale and scope.
New York, NY (PRWEB) October 17, 2013
THE UNTOLD STORIES OF BROADWAY: Tales from the World’s Most Famous Theaters, Volume 1 (Dress Circle Publishing. 350 pages, $19.99) by author and musical theater historian Jennifer Ashley Tepper is the first book to recount the backstage drama of Broadway’s greatest shows at eight iconic theaters. Using firsthand accounts from some of the biggest names in Broadway history, the book provides a look behind the curtains of the Al Hirschfield, August Wilson, Lyceum, Mark Hellinger, Marquis, Neil Simon, Richard Rodgers, and Winter Garden Theaters.
This book is the first in a multi-volume series that will examine 40 legendary Broadway theaters in total. THE UNTOLD STORIES OF BROADWAY also includes an exclusive Broadway theater map designed by Broadway artist, Justin "Squigs" Robertson. A portion of the proceeds from the book will benefit Broadway Impact, an organization of theater artists and fans mobilized in support of marriage equality.
Tepper, who is also a producer in her own right, interviewed over 200 theater professionals—actors, directors, producers, stagehands, designers, ushers, and others—to elicit their funniest and most compelling backstage experiences on The Great White Way. The Untold Stories of Broadway covers over 65 years of theatrical history. Highlights include:
- What Barbra Streisand did after her final performance of Funny Girl that audiences will never forget
- Haunted theaters and secret passageways
- Producer/director Hal Prince's recollection of having to talk the eccentric star of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum off the rooftop of the Neil Simon theater
- How far actor Jonathan Groff was willing to go in order to score tickets to Thoroughly Modern Millie
- Why Jason Alexander was naked when he first met Elizabeth Taylor... and what he said to her that still bothers him to this day!
(* A complete list of interviewees follows below.)
“THE UNTOLD STORIES OF BROADWAY recounts the real-life backstage drama and opening night intrigue at eight legendary theaters. This book is unprecedented in its scale and scope,” said Roberta Pereira, co-founder of Dress Circle Publishing, the only publishing company solely devoted to Broadway-themed books. "Never before have so many major players been brought together to share the history of Broadway."
“Readers will be delighted to hear these never before told stories from every corner of the theater world and find out what really happens backstage before the curtain even rises,” added Brisa Trinchero, co-founder of Dress Circle Publishing. “Anyone who loves Broadway will love this book.”
Author Jennifer Ashley Tepper is currently the director of programming for 54 Below, Broadway’s #1 concert venue. Previously, she was director of marketing & communications for Davenport Theatrical with Broadway credits including Macbeth, The Performers, and Godspell. She is the co-creator and writer of the Bistro Award-winning concert series, If It Only Even Runs A Minute, which celebrates underappreciated musicals, and is managing editor of The Best Plays Theater Yearbook. A portion of the proceeds from THE UNTOLD STORIES OF BROADWAY, Volume 1 will benefit Broadway Impact, an organization of theater artists and fans mobilized in support of marriage equality.
THE UNTOLD STORIES OF BROADWAY, Volume 1(Dress Circle Publishing. 350 pages, $19.99) is available starting on November 12th in paperback and eBook forms from Kindle, Amazon, iBooks and Barnes & Noble Nook. To pre-order THE UNTOLD STORIES OF BROADWAY, Volume 1, please visit http://www.dresscirclepublishing.com.
About Dress Circle Publishing
Founded in 2011 by Brisa Trinchero and Roberta Pereira, Dress Circle Publishing is the only publisher dedicated solely to producing books with Broadway themes. Dress Circle Publishing is eager to discover and promote new literary voices among new or established authors who are actively working in show business.