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BWW Exclusive: Counting Down to Jennifer Ashley Tepper's UNTOLD STORIES OF BROADWAY Book - The Lyceum Theatre

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BWW Exclusive: Counting Down to Jennifer Ashley Tepper's UNTOLD STORIES OF BROADWAY Book - The Lyceum TheatreTo celebrate the publication of The Untold Stories of Broadway on November 12 (today!) by Dress Circle Publishing, Jennifer Ashley Tepper will be sharing three short excerpts about each of the Broadway theaters featured in the book-countdown style! Today: The Lyceum Theatre!

THE UNTOLD STORIES OF BROADWAY: Tales from the World's Most Famous Theaters, Volume 1 (Dress Circle Publishing. 350 pages, $19.99) by author and musical theater historian Jennifer Ashley Tepper is the first book to recount the backstage drama of Broadway's greatest shows at eight iconic theaters. To order, click here.

Using firsthand accounts from some of the biggest names in Broadway history, the book provides a look behind the curtains of the Al Hirschfield, August Wilson, Lyceum, Mark Hellinger, Marquis, Neil Simon, Richard Rodgers, and Winter Garden Theaters.

This book is the first in a multi-volume series that will examine 40 legendary Broadway theaters in total. THE UNTOLD STORIES OF BROADWAY also includes an exclusive Broadway theater map designed by Broadway artist, Justin "Squigs" Robertson. A portion of the proceeds from the book will benefit Broadway Impact, an organization of theater artists and fans mobilized in support of marriage equality. It will be available on amazon.com and in select bookstores on November 12, in both hard copy and Kindle.

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BWW Exclusive: Counting Down to Jennifer Ashley Tepper's UNTOLD STORIES OF BROADWAY Book - The Lyceum TheatreThe Lyceum is filled with relics of the past?

Jack O'Brien, Director

When I went to the Lyceum with The Nance this year, and took the company through, we could no longer climb up the stairs far enough but we could see a paint frame at the top of the rear of the theater where they could hang canvases to paint scenery. There's a slot in the floor on every subsequent floor of the dressing rooms that flips up so that the paint frames could be lowered all the way down to the deck and taken up and be put into the theater. There's rarely been anything like it.

There's an apartment on the top of the theater that now holds the Shubert archives, but that was producer Daniel Frohman's office. He did indeed have a peep window where he could see what was playing on the stage. There's a secret passage that goes from the men's room underneath the auditorium, to backstage. There are all sorts of wonderful surprises that I know about that you would only know if you were a young person growing up in that theater.

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BWW Exclusive: Counting Down to Jennifer Ashley Tepper's UNTOLD STORIES OF BROADWAY Book - The Lyceum TheatreThe Lyceum wasn't built on Broadway because original theatre owner Daniel Frohman thought Broadway had "too much traffic"?

To this day, the Lyceum has been home to over 300 productions. The Lyceum on 45th Street was built by producer Daniel Frohman in 1903, after receiving the news that his first Lyceum Theatre on 4th Avenue between 23rd and 24th Street would be demolished. That theater was built in 1885 and was the first theater to be lit entirely by electricity-under the guidance of Thomas Edison himself! Frohman received several offers of real estate on Broadway to build his new theater-which would at first be referred to as "The New Lyceum"-but he did not want a playhouse directly on Broadway since it was always filled with too much traffic!

When the New Lyceum was built on 45th Street, the area to the west was still called "Longacre Square." The New York Times would move uptown in 1905 and soon, the Lyceum would be considered part of "Times Square." The New Lyceum was built with several bricks taken from the old Lyceum.

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BWW Exclusive: Counting Down to Jennifer Ashley Tepper's UNTOLD STORIES OF BROADWAY Book - The Lyceum TheatreThere's nothing like the magic of having your very own dressing room key?

Hunter Bell, Writer/Actor

There was just this special energy at the Lyceum. If I walked into the front of house to get tickets for my family or friends, I always noticed that the box office people were genuinely excited about the show. The door men and security guards were excited for us on nights when we had fans at the stage door. All of those people made me feel so much like a member of the community.

One thing I really couldn't believe about Broadway was that feeling of having your own dressing room key. The door man would hand you your key the moment you came into the space, and every night, handing it to him was the last thing you'd do before you left. It was so special and comforting to hand Neville that key every night. I had my own dressing room on a Broadway show! I couldn't believe it. I'd get my key, sign in, walk down our hallway, and head up to the third floor where my dressing room was next to Jeff's. Jeff had signatures under his dressing room table from previous occupants, and I had fresh paint on mine. I said: "Come on, let's scratch this paint off!"

To order, click here. Founded in 2011 by Brisa Trinchero and Roberta Pereira, Dress Circle Publishing is the only publisher dedicated solely to producing books with Broadway themes. Dress Circle Publishing is eager to discover and promote new literary voices among new or established authors who are actively working in show business. For more information on Dress Circle Publishing, click here.

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Jennifer Ashley Tepper Jennifer Ashley Tepper is a musical theater historian, producer, and author of The Untold Stories of Broadway, released by Dress Circle Publishing, a boutique publisher of theater-themed books, in the fall of 2013. The book features interviews with more than 200 actors, producers, company managers, directors, designers, stagehands, ushers, and others to produce a fascinating and often quite humorous collection of previously untold stories about eight legendary Broadway theaters.

Until recently, Jennifer was director of marketing & communications for Davenport Theatrical, with Broadway credits including Macbeth, The Performers, and Godspell. She has also worked on shows including [title of show] on Broadway, the world premiere of the musical Bloodsong of Love at Ars Nova, Tony Kushner's iHo, and Things To Ruin. Jennifer is the co-creator and writer of the Bistro Award-winning concert series, If It Only Even Runs A Minute, which celebrates underappreciated musicals. She has also directed and produced benefit concerts for The Broadway Green Alliance, The Actors Fund, BC/ EFA, and The Red Cross, including the concert series Once Upon A Time In New York City, which has presented world premiere work by more than 30 writers.

Jennifer collaborates frequently with the group known as "Joe Iconis & Family", including shows, concerts, and for the past have years has produced their annual holiday tradition, The Joe Iconis Christmas Spectacular, most recently at 54 Below. Her other credits include projects and shows with NAMT, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, PBS, The York Theater, NYMF, Second Stage Theater Company, Lincoln Center Theater, the Opening Doors Theater Company, The Producing Office, and The American Theater Wing's Tony Awards. Jennifer is also the Managing Editor of The Best Plays Theater Yearbook. Jennifer is currently the Director of Programming at 54 Below.


 
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