JENNIFER ASHLEY TEPPER’S “THE UNTOLD STORIES OF BROADWAY, VOLUME 3” NOW AVAILABLE FROM DRESS CIRCLE
THE UNTOLD STORIES OF BROADWAY, VOLUME 3 from DRESS CIRCLE PUBLISHING – the latest in a series by acclaimed historian and producer JENNIFER ASHLEY TEPPER – is available today, Tuesday, November 15. An early review from Edge Media Network said “whether reading to gain insight into the careers of stars or to learn more about the theaters, The Untold Stories of Broadway has something for everyone.” The book is available on Amazon.com, and New York retail outlets The Drama Book Shop and Theater Circle, in addition to the website www.dresscirclepublishing.com.
THE UNTOLD STORIES OF BROADWAY is a multi-volume series that will examine the legendary Broadway theaters, both those that are still standing and those that are gone. Tepper, who is also a producer in her own right, interviewed over 250 theater professionals – actors, directors, producers, stagehands, designers, ushers, and others – to elicit their funniest and most compelling backstage experiences on the Great White Way.
Have you ever wanted to spend time with Stephen Sondheim in the lobby during one of his shows? Did you know that Patti LuPone once had a Broadway ghostly encounter? Have you wondered what it was like to be in the landmark Broadway premiere of Angels in America? From opening nights to closing nights. From secret passageways to ghostly encounters. From Broadway debuts to landmark productions. Score a front row seat to read hundreds of stories about the most important stages in the world, seen through the eyes of the producers, actors, stagehands, writers, musicians, company managers, dressers, designers, directors, ushers, and door men who bring The Great White Way to life each night. With THE UNTOLD STORIES OF BROADWAY, you’ll never look at Broadway the same way again.
This is the third book in a series that tell sthe stories of all of the Broadway theaters. Volume 3 includes the Broadhurst, the Belasco, the Edison, the Lyric, the Majestic, the Schoenfeld, the St. James and the Walter Kerr: eight Broadway theaters that light up New York City. The new title includes exclusive conversations withJerry Adler, Elizabeth Ashley, Steven Baruch,Kevin Chamberlin, Barbara Cook, Maria Di Dia, Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf, Richard Frankel, Peter Gallagher, George S. Irving, Glen Kelly, Patti LuPone, Brian Mahoney, Marsha Mason, John Miller,Cynthia Onrubia, Eric Paris, Will Roland, Jordan Roth, Joyce Van Patten, Tom Viertel, Fritz Weaver and Mary Louise Wilson.
The first two volumes have been lauded by the New York theater press. “I’m enjoying every chapter” said Michael Riedel in The New York Post. NBC New York named it among its “Must-Reads for any Broadway fan” and raved “the book is filled with juicy anecdotes and inspiring tales.” According to Broadway World, the books “are must-haves for anyone who loves the rich history of musical theatre. Each chapter bursts with information, nostalgia, and good old-fashioned cheesy Broadway love.”
JENNIFER ASHLEY TEPPER is the Director of Programming at Feinstein’s/54 Below, and the author of The Untold Stories of Broadway book series. As the leader of Feinstein’s/54 Below’s creative team, Tepper has curated or produced over 1500 shows, ranging from musicals in concert, to original solo acts, to theatrical reunions, to songwriter celebrations, and beyond. On Broadway, Tepper has worked on shows in directing, producing, and marketing capacities, including [title of show], The Performers, the 2011 revival of Godspell, and the 2013 revival of Macbeth. In addition, she is the co-creator of the Bistro Award-winning concert series, “If It Only Even Runs A Minute,” now in its 6thyear. Tepper was recently named one of the 10 professionals on Backstage’s “1stAnnual Broadway Future Power List.” According to the article, “Proving herself both a zeitgeist predictor and theatrical historian with her eclectic programming, Tepper is leading the conversation on contemporary musical theatre.” Follow her on twitter @jenashtep
DRESS CIRCLE PUBLISHING, recently profiled by Forbes Magazine and the Associated Press, was founded in 2011 by Broadway producers Brisa Trinchero and Roberta Pereira. Dress Circle is the only publisher dedicated solely to producing books with Broadway themes by members of the Broadway community. Dress Circle Publishing’s current titles include Seth’s Broadway Diary by Seth Rudetsky, Jennifer Ashley Tepper’s The Untold Stories of Broadway, Jeremy Scott Blaustein’s The Home for Wayward Ladies, and Ruby Preston’s Showbiz, Staged and Starstruck. www.dresscirclepublishing.com
BRISA TRINCHERO is a two-time Tony Award winning entertainment and tech entrepreneur. She built a multi million-dollar Broadway investing portfolio which includes Hamilton, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Pippin, The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess, and others. She is also the founder and CEO of ShooWin, an innovative tech platform giving real fans better access to the hottest events. A “Top 40 Under 40 Business Leader,” she is a frequent speaker and panelist at industry events focusing on the business of live entertainment. She has a degree in music and an MBA in finance. @brisatrinchero
ROBERTA PEREIRA is a Tony-nominated, Olivier Award-winning theater producer. She is currently the Producing Director of The Playwrights Realm, an Off-Broadway theater company devoted to supporting early career playwrights. Roberta has developed and produced plays, musicals, and event theatre on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally, in the West End, and on tour. Recently, she produced for The Realm Anna Ziegler’s A Delicate Ship (New York Times andTime Out New York “Critics’ Pick”) and Mfoniso Udofia’s Sojourners. Past select productions include: Tony-nominated play Mothers and Sons by Terrence McNally, starring Tyne Daly; the Olivier award-winning revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, in the West End; and the Broadway premiere of Grace, starring Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon and Ed Asner. Roberta has been a speaker on the topic of producing and equity, diversity, and inclusion in the arts in multiple forums, like BroadwayCon, NYU/Tisch, Yale University, and Commercial Theatre Institute. Roberta is a graduate of Yale School of Drama’s Theater Management program and Wesleyan University. She is originally from Brazil and currently lives in New York City. @roberta_m_p