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.
Big Broadway Backstory News!
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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 into the 90s drama that invented teen angst, flannel, floppy hair, and Jordan Catalano. Go wherever you get your podcasts to hear our promo and subscribe. Or you can stream the promo and check out our bonus content at mysocalledpodcast.todaytix.com. Episodes 1 and 2 drop Wednesday, April 4th. Join us!
Episode 16: Kinky Boots
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-winning smash hit, now in its fifth year on Broadway.
Featuring director Jerry Mitchell, composer Cyndi Lauper, book writer Harvey Fierstein, actors Billy Porter, Stark Sands, Annaleigh Ashford and Ellyn Marsh, and producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig.
Episode 15: Come From Away
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 residents of the town took care of these strangers, Come From Aways as they were called. 10 years later, writers Irene Sankoff and David Hein went to Gander to meet the real-life people behind this now famous act of human kindness, and what resulted was this heartwarming musical.
For this episode, we too talk to some of the real-life people including Claude Elilott, the Mayor of Gander then and now, and Captain Beverley Bass, whose pioneering life story is told in the show-stopping song "Me and the Sky." We also chat with Sankoff and Hein, Tony-winning director Christopher Ashley, actors Jenn Colella and Caesar Samayoa, the producers, scenic designer and more as we chart the musical's journey from a Canadian college workshop to Tony-nominated hit.
Season 2 Update!
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
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.
This is one of the few podcasts I really listen to and enjoy! I love hearing some of the behind the scenes stories about my favourite musicals. For example, I had never heard about the Great Comet controversy until now (I’m from Australia). Please keep this up!
BRING THIS BACK!!
I HATE that I discovered this so late!! Please bring it back! So insightful and interesting and very well put together
Excellent host doing excellent stuff
I really enjoy this podcast. The host is incredibly enthusiastic, and while he can sound a bit sycophantic, he really does his research and puts together a great narrative, telling interesting stories about theatrical productions. Very awesome and I hope there's a season 3!