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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 two will feature stories from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, Kinky Boots, The Light in the Piazza, Bring It On, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, Come From Away, and Bonnie & Clyde. 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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Episode 9: Hamilton Part 1

We're kicking off season two with 2 episodes about the Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning musical Hamilton. Featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda, Director Tommy Kail, Producers Jeffrey Seller & Oskar Eustis, Alex Lacamoire, David Korins, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo, and more, these episodes will dazzle both the Hamilton super-fans and the casual ones as we find out how the show developed from a vacation beach read to a genre-bending international phenomenon.  Part 1 takes us all the way back to 2008 when Lin-Manuel Miranda picked up Ron Chernow's book for the first time and, as Lin says, heard hip hop songs rising off the pages. From there, Lin begins work on a concept album called The Hamilton Mixtape. After a fateful performance of the Mixtape, the wheels are set in motion to develop the album into an off-Broadway musical in partnership with The Public Theater. As the off-Broadway production approached opening night, the creative team knew the work was good, but as The Public Theater's Oskar Eustis says, anybody who says they knew what Hamilton would become is lying. Download the TodayTix app in googleplay or the app store or visit todaytix.com to see what's playing this month and treat yourself to a show. And use the code BACKSTORY to save $15 on your first purchase.  Visit our brand new website todaytix.com/broadwaybackstory to check out the unedited full interviews with David Korins, Jeffrey Seller, and Oskar Eustis.  

55mins

19 Sep 2017

Rank #1

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Episode 10: Hamilton Part 2

We're kicking off season two with 2 episodes about the Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning musical Hamilton. Featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda, Director Tommy Kail, Producers Jeffrey Seller & Oskar Eustis, Alex Lacamoire, David Korins, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo, and more, these episodes will dazzle both the Hamilton super-fans and the casual ones as we find out how the show developed from a vacation beach read to a genre-bending international phenomenon.  Part 2 picks up on the opening night of Hamilton at The Public Theater. The reviews were ecstatic and the creative team began to plan for a Broadway transfer. Hamilton moves uptown and opens at the Richard Rodgers Theatre just 70 days after closing at The Public. Hamilton becomes the hottest ticket in generations, The #Ham4Ham show is born, and Hamilton earns more Tony nominations than any show in history.  Download the TodayTix app in googleplay or the app store or visit todaytix.com to see what's playing this month and treat yourself to a show. And use the code BACKSTORY to save $15 on your first purchase.  Visit our brand new website todaytix.com/broadwaybackstory to check out the unedited full interviews with David Korins, Jeffrey Seller, and Oskar Eustis.  

55mins

19 Sep 2017

Rank #2

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Episode 7: Legally Blonde

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. 

51mins

19 Jan 2017

Rank #3

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Episode 3: Fun Home

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.

48mins

29 Nov 2016

Rank #4

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Episode 8: Next To Normal

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. 

57mins

21 Feb 2017

Rank #5

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Episode 5: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

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. 

39mins

13 Dec 2016

Rank #6

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Episode 6: Deaf West's Spring Awakening

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.

54mins

3 Jan 2017

Rank #7

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Episode 11: Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812

"Helene is a slut, Anatole is hot, Marya is old-school, Sonya is good, Natasha is young, and Andre isn't here..." We're OBSESSED with Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812! Through conversations with the show's writer & composer, Dave Malloy, director Rachel Chavkin, producers, set designer and actors, we'll find out how the show developed from 70 pages of War and Peace to the most Tony nominated show of the 2017 season (and all the growing pains in between).

1hr 12mins

3 Oct 2017

Rank #8

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Episode 4: The Secret Garden

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.

47mins

6 Dec 2016

Rank #9

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Episode 14: Bring It On: The Musical

This week we bring you the tale of 2012's Bring It On: The Musical. Bring It On was created from the ground up by some of the greatest talents working in theater today: Andy Blankenbuehler (director / choreographer), Lin-Manuel Miranda (music, lyrics), Tom Kitt (Music), Amanda Green (Music, Lyrics), Alex Lacamoire (Orchestrations), and David Korins (scenic design). For the episode, we'll find out how the show developed from a cult hit film to a Tony-nominated fan favorite which broke the mold with its characters and made its way into the Guinness Book of World Records.  This episode features brand new interviews with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Andy Blankenbuehler, Tom Kitt, Amanda Green, Taylor Louderman, Adrienne Warren, Gregory Haney, Helene Yorke, and the show's cheer and Stunt coordinator Jessica McDermott.

1hr 1min

7 Nov 2017

Rank #10