In this very special episode of The Untold Stories of Broadway podcast, besties Jennifer Ashley Tepper and Eric William Morris dive into the fascinating history of Circle in the Square, one of Broadway’s most unique theaters. While Eric has starred in Broadway shows including King Kong, Mamma Mia!, and Coram Boy, he has never played the Circle in the Square as an actor. At Circle in the Square, Eric spent years as a student… and then as the janitor! Tune in as Eric and Jennifer share stories of Spelling Bee, Godspell, Glory Days, The Norman Conquests, The Rocky Horror Show and more. Plus, what was it like to rehearse a Broadway show during the day and clean a Broadway theater at night?!
In part two of The Untold Stories of The St. James, Rebecca Naomi Jones and Jennifer Ashley Tepper chat about Rebecca’s best American Idiot stories, other legendary St. James shows from The King and I to The Producers to The Pajama Game to Hello, Dolly!… and the St. James’ neighbors! What are the untold histories of Sardi’s and Angus and John’s Pizzeria? Plus, why is the St. James stage door unlike any other? What was it like to perform in American Idiot with Billie Joe Armstrong? Learn about “the Tommy Tune seat”, the famed left orchestra stairs, and what famous Broadway stars were once ushers at the St. James.
In the pilot episode of The Untold Stories of Broadway podcast, Jennifer Ashley Tepper explores The St. James Theatre with Rebecca Naomi Jones, who starred in American Idiot at the beloved Broadway theater. What legends have occupied the same St. James dressing rooms over the years? Which treasures from past shows can still be found at the theater if you know where to look? Learn about the first woman to compose a hit Broadway musical, the unique nature of the offices upstairs, and the incredible era of American Idiot on 44th Street. Rebecca and Jennifer even share fascinating stories of the original Oklahoma!, which premiered at the St. James 76 years before the current Broadway revival she is currently starring in.
Jennifer Ashley Tepper’s Untold Stories of Broadway book series is now a podcast! In each episode, the secrets and mysteries of a different Broadway theater will be explored by Tepper and two special guests with connections to that theater from different decades. From the Broadhurst to the Nederlander, from actors to stagehands, from ghost stories to opening nights, from the 1940s to today, expect to discover all kinds of fun and fascinating tales about the theaters at the heart of New York City and everyone who has called them home.