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  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Dress Circle Publishing (October 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985471867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985471866
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jennifer Ashley Tepper is a Musical Theatre Historian and Producer and has worked on Broadway shows including [title of show], Godspell, The Performers and Macbeth. 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. In addition, Tepper is Managing Editor of The Best Plays Theater Yearbook. Other credits include projects and shows with Ars Nova, NAMT, The Producing Office, PBS, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, NYMF, Second Stage Theatre Company, The York Theatre, and The American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards. Tepper collaborates often with the group known as "Joe Iconis & Family" and is currently the Director of Programming at 54 Below.

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This book is a must read for any theatre fan.
Lynn
Then like any knowledgeable escort, she keeps you moving quickly from one person to another sharing their memories of shows, actors, producers, triumphs and failures.
James Vaughn
Many thanks to Jennifer Ashley Tepper for collecting such moving and delightful stories.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lynn on November 17, 2013
Format: Paperback
The only reason I'm giving this book 5 stars is that it's not possible to give more than that. Anyone who is interested in theatre, New York, or history will enjoy this book. I love all 3 of those things, so I couldn't ask for anything more. I love how the chapters are separated by theater, and how each chapter starts with stories of the past and heads toward the present. It's fun to see the same stories told in multiple points of view. I also loved hearing the author's own stories and experiences dispersed throughout. This book is a must read for any theatre fan. Jennifer Ashley Tepper brings the theatre world to everyone, so we can all know what it's like to be part of it all.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Laurie Fox on November 16, 2013
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The hundreds of stories in this book have taught me so much about what goes on behind the scenes in professional theatre, and each reminded me of why I moved to New York. Tepper's own stories break up the history and provide a young person's perspective about the stories all these greats are telling. It's reminiscent of Helene Hanff's book in many ways.

I have such a greater appreciation for each of the theaters and for specific shows that were in them now. I wish this book had existed when I was growing up outside of New York so that I could be armed with all this knowledge when I moved here. Now that I've finished it, I'm buying copies for my younger cousins and my sister who all love Broadway from afar. And I'm eagerly awaiting volume 2.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kim Haller on November 30, 2013
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Insightful, entertaining look into the history of Broadway theaters! Ms. Tepper shares with us the memories and experiences of actors, producers, writers, ushers, house managers and many others. It is such a pleasure to read so many different first-person memories and perspectives and to understand how each theater and production has impacted them. It will be a neat experience for me going into these theaters in the future and feeling a part of the history.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Rogers on November 29, 2013
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This book is absolutely beautiful. Many thanks to Jennifer Ashley Tepper for collecting such moving and delightful stories. This is a must-read for anyone who loves theatre.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JS on December 26, 2013
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There are books about theatre history that cover who played what when and where.
But this book covers so much more.
With this, we get the "How" behind the shows (both long-runs and flops). We get the inside scoop on so many beloved plays and musicals from, literally, every angle - house managers, ushers, actors, costume designers, producers... the list goes on and on.

What makes this book extremely special, though, would be Tepper's interjections. Dispersed throughout the chapters, we get this theatre historian's personal recollections about a show, theatre, party, or even restaurant. As a theatre-lover who used to live in NYC, I have my own personal memories, and it's a truly fantastic touch to get even the author's input on so much.

Definitely a must-have for anyone who likes "juicy" stories, tales from the heart, and, in general, any sort of "insider" info about Broadway.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Vaughn on January 13, 2014
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Have you ever been to a cocktail party where you sort of know a few people but wish you had someone to take you around and introduce you? Tepper does that for you with eight Broadway theatres: The Richard Rodgers, Winter Garden, Marquis, Al Hirschfeld, Neil Simon, August Wilson, Mark Hellinger, and Lyceum.

Starting each chapter with some quick basics such as when the theatre first opened and various name changes, she tells you the longest and (more fun,) shortest running shows in each theatre just for the background. Then like any knowledgeable escort, she keeps you moving quickly from one person to another sharing their memories of shows, actors, producers, triumphs and failures. Bear in mind that the stories are limited to the life experience of the people she interviewed. Nothing much prior to the 1950s here. Many of these are in Rashomon-style getting the same event told from a few different perspectives. Tepper introduces you to everyone from the ushers to the producers. From the teary, Broadway-debut actor making their first stage door entrance to the veteran stagehand explaining what a bitch it is to load in sets there, you meet a cross-section of Broadway you might never have thought twice about before. And before you get bored, Tepper graciously draws you away to meet the next character, the next theatre.

In between these encounters, Tepper shares some of her own takes or memories of the events or the people. Her book includes not only toe in the water data for those who are simply curious about Broadway, but trivia for even the most devoted Broadway fan. (Or am I the only one who didn't know the connection between sailors and backdrops?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Perry A. Kroeger on January 18, 2014
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I am biased because my story of Senator Joe is included here, but what Jen Tepper is doing in putting out into the world these amazing stories, stories that might otherwise be forgotten, is wonderful! "The Untold Stories of Broadway" is great treat for readers, and a great soul-healing for the tellers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elocin212 on December 13, 2013
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A must read for all Broadway and theater lovers! The only downside is the book is big (odd size, more textbook size rather than paperback) and big print, wish it were smaller so I can take it on the subway!!
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