In part two of the Marquis Theatre episode with special guest Anne L. Nathan, Anne and Jennifer Ashley Tepper tell the tale of Hector, who was locked in the theater, the hidden escalators and changes to the house over the years, dressing rooms, practical jokes, and what it was like when Thoroughly Modern Millie won the Tony Award for Best Musical. Plus Anne talks about understudying Tonya Pinkins out of town in Millie, and then understudying Harriet Harris and Sheryl Lee Ralph in town (and later on, standing by/ being the alternate for Broadway Bounty Hunter!).
The beloved 2002 musical Thoroughly Modern Millie made history at the Marquis Theatre and in this episode, original cast member Anne L. Nathan joins Jennifer Ashley Tepper to dish about the show’s origins and how the role of Miss Flannery evolved. What was it like to hear “Gimme Gimme” for the first time and collaborate with Jeanine Tesori, Dick Scanlan, Rob Ashford, Michael Mayer, Sutton Foster and the rest of the Millie team? What was it like to inhabit one of the newest theaters on Broadway and why is it said to make people happy? And what is the history of the five Broadway theaters that were demolished to make way for the Marquis in The Great Theatre Massacre of 1982? This episode includes a number of fascinating Marquis stories from its legendary door man Rey Concepcion, about shows from Annie Get Your Gun to Follies to Evita to The Capeman. Anne was the first person Jennifer ever interviewed for the Untold Stories of Broadway book series and the two reminisce about their day at the Cafe Edison, all that it inspired, and all that’s happened since.
In the final episode of the three-part Untold Stories of Broadway podcast on the Longacre Theatre, Richard Maltby Jr. and Jennifer Ashley Tepper share the most fascinating stories about one of Broadway’s least explored houses. What Longacre show was saved by Eleanor Roosevelt? How did an actor almost die of smoke inhalation at the theater? In 1978, Ain’t Misbehavin’ moved into the Longacre without a completed set, with a director who’d never done a Broadway tech, with a stage manager who couldn’t count to eight, and with 48 hours until the final dress rehearsal… and became that season’s Tony Award-winning Best Musical. Learn about one of the Longacre’s most triumphant historic moments from the man who made it all happen.
The 1978 Best Musical Tony Award winner Ain’t Misbehavin’ was a tiny show that started in a 174-seat cabaret theater, an early project of a fledgling young theater company called Manhattan Theatre Club. It went on to become one of Broadway’s most unlikely success stories, a musical that revolutionized what revues could do, which ran for over 1600 performances. In part two of the Longacre Theatre episode of The Untold Stories of Broadway podcast, Jennifer Ashley Tepper and Ain’t Misbehavin’s conceiver and director Richard Maltby Jr. explore how it all happened, from the earliest auditions to a visit from President John F. Kennedy.
Discover the unbelievable true stories about one of Broadway’s most unlikely success stories: Ain’t Misbehavin’, the little-show-that-could, which became the longest running hit at the Longacre Theatre. In part one of this Untold Stories of Broadway podcast three-parter, Tony Award winner Richard Maltby Jr. (Ain’t Misbehavin’, Miss Saigon, Baby, Big, Starting Here, Starting Now, Closer Than Ever, Song and Dance, Fosse) and Jennifer Ashley Tepper dig deep into Richard’s historic career, starting with the origin story of the writing team of Maltby & Shire and getting into legendary out-of-town-tryouts in New Haven, untold tales about Hal Prince and Barbra Streisand, and more.
In part two of The Untold Stories of The Circle in the Square, Broadway actor Eric William Morris shares an incredible full circle moment that began with him cleaning up Broadway dressing rooms during Spelling Bee. From Aaron Sorkin to Jesse Tyler Ferguson, what day jobs did Broadway artists once have in Broadway theaters? And Jennifer Ashley Tepper shares her full circle moment of working on Godspell at Circle in the Square. In this episode about Broadway’s only true theater in the round, we are also serving up Laura Linney’s stories about what makes Circle special, and the secret she learned about performing on the holidays.