Broadway Backstory

Broadway Backstory is a documentary style podcast from TodayTix and Theater People that explores how a show develops from an idea to a full Broadway production. We get the behind the scenes story directly from the people who lived it - the conceivers, actors, directors, and producers. Season one will feature stories from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights, Fun Home, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Secret Garden, Legally Blonde, Next to Normal, and the Deaf West production of Spring Awakening. Some shows are gone too soon, others seem like they’ll last forever — either way, it all started with an idea.
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Aug 22, 2017

Annnnnnnnd, we're back! Season two brings you eight brand new episodes that find out how some of your favorite shows developed from an idea to a full Broadway production.

Our first two episodes drop on Tuesday, September 19th and will cover Hamilton. We take a fresh look at the show and offer some never-before heard insight into how the show developed from a vacation beach read to an international phenomenon earning more Tony nominations than any other show in history. Through exclusive interviews with Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Tommy Kail, orchestrator Alex Lacamoire, The Public Theater's Oskar Eustis, actors Phillipa Soo & Renee Elise Goldsberry, and more, you'll rediscover Hamilton and learn new information about how the show got made. 





Feb 21, 2017

Through conversations with the show's writers, producers, director and stars, we'll find out how Next To Normal developed from a college project, to a 10-minute musical, to a NYMF favorite, and then found its footing off-Broadway and out of town before becoming the beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning hit. 

Jan 19, 2017

This episode finds out how Legally Blonde was transformed from a hit film to the long-running, peppy, and empowering Broadway hit. From a now Tony Award-winning Broadway director's debut to agonizing over choosing between two actresses for the lead role, this episode journeys from the first workshop rehearsal to an emotional opening night on Broadway.

This season is sponsored by TodayTix. To get $15 off your first purchase, download the app or visit and use the promo code BACKSTORY. Follow us on Twitter @bwaybackstory and go to for more info. 

Jan 3, 2017

This episode finds out how the stunning re-imagining of the groundbreaking musical Spring Awakening began as a ten day workshop, was developed at a 99-seat theater near LA’s Skid Row, quickly transferred to famed regional theater in Beverly Hills, and ultimately landed on Broadway, all in a little over a year. Through conversations with the show’s original creators, director, producers and stars, we’ll find out how this “little show that could” made the unlikely journey from West Coast workshop to beloved Broadway revival.