Volume One of "The Untold Stories of Broadway," With Stories From 200 of Broadway's Best, Hits Shelves Nov. 12

By Michael Gioia
12 Nov 2013

Jennifer Ashley Tepper
Jennifer Ashley Tepper
Photo by Matthew Murphy

"The Untold Stories of Broadway: Tales from the World's Most Famous Theaters, Volume 1," written by musical theatre historian Jennifer Ashley Tepper and featuring firsthand accounts from actors, directors, producers, stagehands, designers, ushers and more, is released by Dress Circle Publishing Nov. 12.

"Each chapter of the book is a different Broadway theatre," author Tepper explained to Playbill.com in an earlier interview. "Basically, [readers] get taken through the history of the theatre through people's personal stories and through my stories — chronologically."

"Volume 1" is the first in a multi-volume series that will examine 40 legendary Broadway theatres in total. "The Untold Stories of Broadway," which covers over 65 years of theatrical history, also includes an exclusive Broadway theatre map designed by Broadway artist Justin "Squigs" Robertson.

In the first volume, readers explore the Al Hirschfield, August Wilson, Lyceum, Mark Hellinger, Marquis, Neil Simon, Richard Rodgers and Winter Garden Theatres.



Read more about the book as well as the future of 54 Below in the in-depth Playbill.com Brief Encounter with author Tepper.

Tepper, also a producer, writer and the new director of programming at Manhattan nightspot 54 Below, interviewed over 200 theatre professionals to "elicit their funniest and most compelling backstage experiences on The Great White Way."

Interviewees include Deborah Abramson, Loni Ackerman, Lynn Ahrens, Rose M. Alaio, Jason Alexander, Mana Allen, Charlie Alterman, Michael Arden, Sylvia Bailey, Brittnye Batchelor, Bryan Batt, Damian Bazadona, Hunter Bell, Marty Bell, Brig Berney, Michael Berresse, Ken Billington, André Bishop, Susan Blackwell, Nick Blaemire, Corbin Bleu, Heidi Blickenstaff, Walter Bobbie, Anne Bobby, Chris Boneau, Beowulf Boritt, Christian Borle, Barry Bostwick, Jeff Bowen, Jared Bradshaw, Jason Robert Brown, Jeb Brown, Laura Bell Bundy, Todd Buonopane, Danny Burstein, Liz Callaway, Liz Caplan, Len Cariou, Craig Carnelia, Eileen Casey, Harrison Chad, Ted Chapin, Rey Concepcion, Nancy Coyne, Gavin Creel, Charlotte d'Amboise, Ken Davenport, Penny Davis, Carmel Dean, Robin De Jesus, Jamie DeRoy, Marilyn D'Honau, Ed Dixon, Christopher Durang, James Dybas, Daisy Eagan, Jill Eikenberry, Jake Epstein, Bert Fink, Terry Finn, Stephen Flaherty, Merwin Foard, Shannon Ford, Merle Frimark, Fritz Frizsell, Larry Fuller, Artie Gaffin, Jack Gale, Irene Gandy, Chris Gattelli, Joanna Gleason, Annie Golden, Jason Graae, Todd Graff, Randy Graff, Ilene Graff, Amanda Green, Harry Groener, Jonathan Groff, Julie Halston, Ann Harada, Diane Heatherington, Laura Heller, Tom Hewitt, Larry Hochman, Abe Jacob, Sally J. Jacobs, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Jason Kantrowitz, Doug Katsaros, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Steve C. Kennedy, Chad Kimball, Eddie Korbich, Perry Kroeger, Michael John LaChiusa, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Liz Larsen, David Larsen, Andrew Leeds, Telly Leung, Caissie Levy, Peter Link, Margo Lion, Jose Llana, William Ivey Long, David Loud, Anna Louizos, Hal Luftig, Robert LuPone, Galt MacDermot, Arielle Tepper Madover, James Maloney, Richard Maltby Jr., Joe Mantello, Josh Marquette, Kathleen Marshall, Mel Marvin, Tony Massey, Michael Mayer, Neil Mazzella, Elizabeth McCann, John McMartin, Lynne Meadow, Michael Mendez, Lindsay Mendez, Alan Menken, Joanna Merlin, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jessica Molaskey, Eric William Morris, Ann Morrison, Randy Morrison, Christopher Murney, Julia Murney, Donna Murphy, Anne L. Nathan, Austin Nathaniel, Casey Nicholaw, Jack O'Brien, Gene O'Donovan, Kelli O'Hara, Brynn O'Malley, Laura Osnes, Evan Pappas, Joey Parnes, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Diane Paulus, Michon Peacock, Mary Beth Peil, Tim Pettolina, John Pielmeier, Tonya Pinkins, Hayley Podschun, Red Press, Lonny Price, Harold Prince, Anthony Rapp, Ben Rappaport, Theresa Rebeck, Fred Ricci, Krysta Rodriguez, Charlie Rosen, Steve Rosen, Daryl Roth, Michael Rupert, Alex Rybeck, Harvey Sabinson, Sarah Saltzberg, Don Scardino, Justin Scribner, Florie Seery, David Shire, A.J. Shively, Rick Sordelet, Louis St. Louis, Michael Starobin, Don Stitt, David Stone, Susan Stroman, Charles Strouse, Jason Tam, Julie Taymor, Bernie Telsey, Joe Traina, Michael Van Praagh, Jack Viertel, Donna Vivino, Frank Vlastnik, Jim Walton, Bob Wankel, John Weidman, Ira Weitzman, Jennifer Werner, Frank Wildhorn, Amy Wolk, James Woolley, Doug Wright, Nick Wyman, Alex Wyse, Maury Yeston and Brian Yorkey.

Click here for the Playbill.com Book Exclusive, featuring a story with actress Joanna Gleason and her experience with The Martin Beck Ghost.

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According to press notes, "Highlights of 'The Untold Stories of Broadway' include what Barbra Streisand did after her final performance of Funny Girl that audiences will never forget; haunted theatres 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 Theatre; how far actor Jonathan Groff was willing to go in order to score tickets to Thoroughly Modern Millie; and why Jason Alexander was naked when he first met Elizabeth Taylor... and what he said to her that still bothers him to this day!"

Tepper has worked on the Broadway productions of Macbeth, The Performers and Godspell with Davenport Theatricals. She also assisted on the Broadway production of [title of show] and is the co-creator and writer of the Bistro Award-winning concert series If It Only Even Runs A Minute, which celebrates underappreciated musicals, as well as the managing editor of The Best Plays Theater Yearbook.

A portion of the proceeds from the first volume will benefit Broadway Impact, an organization of theatre artists and fans mobilized in support of marriage equality.

"The Untold Stories of Broadway: Tales from the World's Most Famous Theaters, Volume 1" will be available in paperback and eBook forms from Kindle, Amazon, iBooks and Barnes & Noble Nook. To pre-order, visit DressCirclePublishing.com.