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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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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 TodayTix.com and use the promo code BACKSTORY. Follow us on Twitter @bwaybackstory and go to TodayTix.com/BroadwayBackstory 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.

Dec 13, 2016

This episode finds out how The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee developed from an off-off-off-Broadway improv show to the beloved, hilarious and quirky Broadway hit. Through conversations with the show's conceiver, actors, producer, and iconic director James Lapine, we'll find out how the show survived a condemned East Village theater, found its footing at Barrington Stage, and then captured the hearts of New York audiences off-Broadway at Second Stage before making it to Broadway at Circle in the Square.

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

Dec 6, 2016
This episode finds out how The Secret Garden developed from the classic 1911 children's book to one of the most beloved American musicals of the 1990s. Through conversations with the show's creators, producers, and Tony-winning child star Daisy Eagan, we'll find out how the show survived a 'disastrous' out of town tryout and overcame unfavorable reviews to become the long-running family-favorite hit.
 
This season is sponsored by TodayTix. To get $15 off your first purchase, download the app or visit TodayTix.com and use the promo code "BACKSTORY". Follow us on Twitter @bwaybackstory and go to TodayTix.com/BroadwayBackstory for more info.
Nov 29, 2016
This episode traces Fun Home's journey from a popular graphic novel to the groundbreaking Broadway hit. We'll hear from the book's author who didn't think a musical was possible, the history-making composing team who took 7 years to get the show up on its feet, the actors who lived through draft after draft of the work, and the producers who helped shape the show and find it a Broadway home.
 
This season is sponsored by TodayTix. To get $15 off your first purchase, download the app or visit TodayTix.com and use the promo code "BACKSTORY". Follow us on Twitter @bwaybackstory and go to todaytix.com/broadwaybackstory for more info. 
 

 

Nov 15, 2016
Episode 1 covers the early days of In the Heights. From the show's beginnings as a college project to the off-off Broadway readings that attracted big deal Broadway producers, we'll hear how the plot of the show took shape, the creative team was assembled, and the money was raised to get the show on its feet.   
 
This season is sponsored by TodayTix. To get $15 off your first purchase, download the app or visit todaytix.com and use promo code "BACKSTORY".
 
Follow us on Twitter @bwaybackstory and go to todaytix.com/broadwaybackstory for more info.

 

Nov 15, 2016
Picking up where episode 1 left off, episode 2 follows In the Heights from the show's first workshop to the Off-Broadway and Broadway productions. There was no guarantee that In the Heights would move beyond the workshop. Tough decisions were made and the show found its way, becoming the most Tony​-​nominated show of 2008 and taking home the all important award for Best New Musical. 
 
This season is sponsored by TodayTix. To get $15 off your first purchase, download the app or visit todaytix.com and use promo code "BACKSTORY".
 
Follow us on Twitter @bwaybackstory and go to todaytix.com/broadwaybackstory for more info.
Oct 21, 2016
Welcome to Broadway Backstory: A documentary style podcast that finds out how shows go from an idea to a full Broadway production. We get the stories from the people who lived them. From TodayTix and Theater People. The season premieres November 15th.

 

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