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Jennifer Ashley Tepper


The Broadway producer and historian Jennifer Ashley Tepper discusses her new book The Untold Stories of Broadway: Volume 4 (Dress Circle Publishing, 2021), with Joseph Planta. The Untold Stories of Broadway: Volume 4 by Jennifer Ashley Tepper (Dress Circle Publishing, 2021). Click to buy this book from Amazon.ca: Untold Stories of Broadway Text of introduction by Joseph Planta: I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, British Columbia, at TheCommentary.ca. Jennifer Ashley Tepper joins me again. The Broadway producer and historian has just published The Untold Stories of Broadway: Volume 4. In this new book, she takes us into Manhattan’s Imperial, Bernard B. Jacobs, Minskoff, Samuel J. Friedman, and Golden theatres and Studio 54, by revealing their storied histories, the shows they housed, and the performers who trod the boards therein. She also tells us of the so-called Fallen Five: the Morosco, Bijou, the original Helen Hayes, Gaiety, and Astor theatres, all felled by the wrecking ball in 1982 to be replaced by the Marriot Marquis hotel, and the Marquis Theatre within the 49-storey complex. What Ms. Tepper has done in these books is reveal what it’s like to work and watch in these theatres. She interviews a who’s who of Broadway, front of house, backstage, and of course, those memorable performers and creators who are recognisable the world over. We see in the book what it takes to make a hit, and a flop, and just how magical, and sometimes miraculous a theatre itself can be for those on and off stage. I’ll get Ms. Tepper to tell us about how she views her relationship with the theatre, the actual buildings themselves, and the idea of Broadway. Jennifer Ashley Tepper was first on the program in 2019 on the release of the cast album of The Jonathan Larson Project, which she produced. She is producer of musicals Be More Chill, Broadway Bounty Hunter, and Love in the Hate Nation. She is also creative and programming director at Feinstein’s/54 Below, and other than the history she has collected and showcased in this new book and its three previous volumes (not to mention the two forthcoming), she is historian consultant on the upcoming film version of tick, tick…BOOM! In 2020, she received the Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award. Visit her website at www.jenniferashleytepper.com. This new book is from Dress Circle Publishing. Please welcome back to the Planta: On the Line program, Jenn Tepper; Ms. Tepper, good morning.


10 Mar 2021

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“The Roaring 2020s” with Jennifer Ashley Tepper

DRAMA. with Connor & Dylan MacDowell

Dylan and Connor are joined by super special guest and godmother of the pod Jennifer Ashley Tepper (The Untold Stories of Broadway, Feinstein’s/54 Below). At long last they discuss their fateful meeting outside of Something Rotten!, working together at 54 Below, what their first show back on Broadway will be, The Full Monty, Joe Iconis & Family, Jen’s role on the tick, tick...BOOM! film, Andrew Garfield and Vanessa Hudgens, the legacy of Smash, Zack Zadek’s music, Hit List in concert, the new Taylor’s Version albums, Carey Mulligan’s Oscar chances, and the publication of Jen’s newest book The Untold Stories of Broadway Vol. 4, now available via Dress Circle Publishing.For a bonus interview with Jen, subscribe now to our Patreon.Follow Jennifer on Twitter & InstagramBuy “The Untold Stories of Broadway” here! Follow DRAMA. on Twitter & InstagramFollow Connor MacDowell on Twitter & InstagramFollow Dylan MacDowell on Twitter & InstagramEdited by Maggie Montalto | Twitter & InstagramHERE is where you find official DRAMA. merch!SUBSCRIBE TO OUR PATREON HERE!Sign up for BroadwayPlus PlusPass here using our unique code “dramapod” right here. Please subscribe on Apple Podcasts, rate us 5 stars, and leave a glowing review!


10 Mar 2021

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ANYONE CAN WHISTLE w/ Jennifer Ashley Tepper

Broadway Breakdown

"I don't know, but it's BRILLIANT!"Things get weird w/ Daddy Sondheim's next musical about conformity, sanity and the power of a red wig: ANYONE CAN WHISTLE. Broadway historian Jennifer Ashley Tepper (author of the Untold Stories of Broadway Anthology) returns to the pod to discuss this truly whacky musical with Matt as well as the show's troubled process getting produced, including Angela Lansbury shouting in a stairwell, giving audiences the middle finger...and DEATH!!!! We and this pod...we just want to be LOOOOOVED!

1hr 44mins

10 Mar 2021

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#492 - Creativity in Coronavirus (The Untold Stories of Broadway - feat. Jennifer Ashley Tepper)

The Ensemblist

This week, I got to speak to one of my favorite people in the theatre industry. Historian Jennifer Ashley Tepper wrote the book of the history of Broadway theatres. In fact, she’s written four of them: her fourth volume of The Untold Stories of Broadway comes out this week. She joined me recently to tell me about why choosing a theatre is as important as casting your leading lady, to talk through some her favorite stories of the book and about writing a book in a pandemic when the artform she is writing about is on pause. Here’s our conversation... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


9 Mar 2021

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Episode 34: Jennifer Ashley Tepper

Don't Call Us, We'll Call You

Broadway Producer (Be More Chill), Creative Director of Feinstein's/54 Below & theatre historian JENNIFER ASHLEY TEPPER joins CHRISTOPHER BARTLETT-WALFORD to celebrate the upcoming release of her new book THE UNTOLD STORIES OF BROADWAY: VOLUME 4 We share the best listener audition confessions of the week. Those hilarious and embarrassing moments that happen in the casting room, that you DON'T normally get to hear! All anonymous & submitted by performers from around the globe, and ALL to remember - it's ok for things to go wrong!It's a Musical Theatre Bonanza today: Jennifer brings to the show some incredible historical Audition tales, and we share happenings of post grad ball audition chaos, terrible directors, times when nerves REALLy got the better of someone, and what happens when a Dance call is REALLY TOO DIFFICULT!?Email your audition stories into the show at dontcalluspod@gmail.com & Tell your friends to check us out!Support the show here - Ko-fi.com/dontcalluspod--For more information, and to buy on THE UNTOLD STORIES OF BROADWAY, click here - https://www.dresscirclepublishing.com/or follow Jennifer on Social Media - https://twitter.com/jenashtep or https://www.instagram.com/jenashtep/To learn even more about Jennifer's work, her productions or her writing, visit www.jenniferashleytepper.com--If you've enjoyed the show, be sure to Subscribe, and write a review on your podcast platform. It genuinely helps us be found by new listeners :)Catch up with all previous episodes now - there'll be people you know, people you don't, and every show is full of terribly hilarious Audition stories.Follow us on all social media - @dontcalluspod (Instagram / Twitter / TikTok)--Created and hosted by Christopher Bartlett-WalfordCo-Produced & Artwork by John-Webb CarterWith thanks to Jukedeck, Anchor & Zapsplat for Sounds#theatre #westend #broadway #tiktok #comedy #auditions #storytime--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dontcalluspod/message


5 Mar 2021

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Episode 144: Obscure Musicals with Jennifer Ashley Tepper

The Other 51

Jennifer Ashley Tepper, a Broadway producer, historian and author joins Brian to talk about the fourth volume of her delightful series, The Untold Stories of Broadway. Jennifer (who produced Be More Chill), talks about where her love of obscure and forgotten musicals comes from, and how that obsession turned into a book series. She talks about the decision to frame her books by each Broadway theater. Jennifer also talks about how her research and writing process has evolved in the past decade, and how her writing and editing process is like assembling a puzzle. Jennifer also tells Brian about the Fallen Five theaters and gives him her best quick story for each of the three Broadway theaters he’s been to. Jennifer Ashley TepperJennifer on TwitterThe Untold Stories of Broadway, Vol. 4The Untold Stories seriesTwo Kids and a Broadway Star Episode 6: Jennifer Ashley TepperNot Since Carrie by Ken MendalbaumEverything Was Possible: The Birth of the Musical Follies by Ted ChapinDancing Man by Bob AvianSubscribe:Apple PodcastsSpotifyOvercastRSSSupport The Other 51 and keep it ad-free for as little as $3Support Me on Ko-fi


18 Feb 2021

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Episode 6: Jennifer Ashley Tepper

Two Kids & A Broadway Star

Ellie and Haley interview JENNIFER ASHLEY TEPPER! Jennifer produced BE MORE CHILL on and off Broadway, and also produced Love In Hate Nation and Broadway Bounty Hunter. She’s also an author, the creator of The Jonathan Larson Project and is working on the Tick Tick Boom movie. AND she’s the one who gets all those awesome shows to Feinstein’s/54 Below. Phew! Jennifer definitely told us all of her secrets, liiike: ⭐️ How she was a theater kid just like us. Right down to the show! ⭐️ What a Broadway producer really does. (Hint: Everything.) ⭐️ All things Be More Chill! ⭐️ George Salazar. 😍 Lin-Manuel Miranda. 🤯 ⭐️ The Jonathan Larson Project and working on the Tick Tick Boom movie! ⭐️ Her favorite theater secret! ⭐️ And who’s in the yeti costume??? Follow us on:  Instagram @twokidspod Twitter @twokidsbway All of our episodes support a charity chosen by our guest. This episode supports The Actor’s Fund: actorsfund.org Two Kids and a Broadway Star homepage: anchor.fm/twokidsandabroadwaystar Listen on Spotify: open.spotify.com/show/2EC9dfGQdUaw1jcLT8tI8t Listen on Apple Podcasts: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/two-kids-and-a-broadway-star/id1534679746


12 Feb 2021

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91 "My Obsession: MALTBY & SHIRE (w/ Jennifer Ashley Tepper)"

Broadway Breakdown

"If anyone could write a musical of WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, it's Maltby and Shire..."Broadway Producer and Historian Jennifer Ashley Tepper (BE MORE CHILL, The Untold Stories of Broadway Anthology) discusses with Matt her love for the iconic songwriting duo of Richard Maltby Jr and David Shire (BABY, BIG). The two gush over the amazing scores the two have written as well as high school hobbies, what it means to be a dated musical, and why the 80's wasn't as bad a time for Broadway as some think. STARTING HERE!

1hr 15mins

17 Jan 2021

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4. Jennifer Ashley Tepper

I Wanna Be A Producer

Jennifer Ashley Tepper is a broadway producer and theatre historian based in New York City. Jennifer chats with Curtis about creating your own opportunity, internships, technology in theatre, bootlegs and social media. Curtis also asks about being lead producer on Be More Chill and where she thinks the future of theatre is heading.


9 Nov 2020

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#397 - The Line (Soft Power - feat. Leigh Silverman, Jennifer Ashley Tepper)

The Ensemblist

In this exploration of the history of musical theatre through one of its most effective devices, I wanted to bring along one of our artforms most knowledgeable and personable historians. Jennifer Ashley Tepper is a theatrical icon of her own, most notably for authoring her book series “The Untold Stories of Broadway.” But she’s also a proverbial vault of theatre history, recognizing the connective tissues of musical theatre in ways that others may not have seen before.Jen’s statement about the line as a political function intrigued me. Sure, Soft Power is a musical about politics. But is the line itself a political act. So I went to the source, the woman who staged the line into Soft Power herself: Leigh Silverman, director of Soft Power. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


14 Oct 2020