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Broadway Backstory

TodayTix and Theater People

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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...Show More
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Episode 15: Come From Away

1:09:20 | Dec 5th, 2017

Welcome to The Rock! This week, we're tackling the 2017 smash hit Come From Away! When American airspace was shut down on September 11, 2011, 38 planes carrying nearly 7,000 passengers were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland. For five days, the r...Show More
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

01:21 | Mar 30th, 2018

TodayTix is introducing a brand new podcast called "My So-Called Podcast" all about "MY So-Called Life." Hosted by Broadway Backstory's Patrick Hinds and Gillian Pensavalle of The Hamilcast: An American Podcast, the show is a deep and hilarious dive ...Show More
Episode 16: Kinky Boots

1:08:35 | Dec 19th, 2017

The Most Beautiful Thing in the World! For our season two finale, we're tackling the 2013 Tony Award-winning Kinky Boots. We'll find out how the show, based on true events, developed from a little-known British independent film to an unlikely Tony-wi...Show More
Season 2 Update!

01:21 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Happy Holidays! We're checking in to say thanks for helping to make season 2 such a great success and to let you know when to expect the final two episodes of the season!
Episode 14: Bring It On: The Musical

1:01:46 | Nov 7th, 2017

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...Show More
Episode 13: The Light in the Piazza

1:03:14 | Oct 23rd, 2017

For this week's episode, we trace The Light in the Piazza's fifty-year journey from its first incarnation as a novella by Elizabeth Spencer to a musical idea handed down through one of musical theater's most prominent families.  We follow the musical...Show More
Episode 12: Bonnie & Clyde

1:04:38 | Oct 10th, 2017

FINALLY! With no further ado, we bring you the backstory of THE MOST requested show for us to cover: 2011's Bonnie & Clyde.  In this episode, we'll find out how the show developed from an ambitious recording project at Atlantic Records to a Broadway ...Show More
Episode 11: Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812

1:12:17 | Oct 3rd, 2017

"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, di...Show More
Episode 10: Hamilton Part 2

55:06 | Sep 19th, 2017

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,...Show More
Episode 9: Hamilton Part 1

55:24 | Sep 19th, 2017

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,...Show More
Season 2 Trailer

02:43 | Aug 22nd, 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....Show More
Episode 8: Next To Normal

57:31 | Feb 21st, 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 befo...Show More
Episode 7: Legally Blonde

51:12 | Jan 19th, 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 r...Show More
Episode 6: Deaf West's Spring Awakening

54:34 | Jan 3rd, 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, an...Show More
Episode 5: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

39:36 | Dec 13th, 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 ...Show More
Episode 4: The Secret Garden

47:28 | Dec 6th, 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...Show More
Episode 3: Fun Home

48:02 | Nov 29th, 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 o...Show More
Episode 2: In The Heights (Part 2)

38:25 | Nov 15th, 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 an...Show More
Episode 1: In the Heights (Part 1)

39:04 | Nov 15th, 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 asse...Show More