Join Jennifer Ashley Tepper June 8 on a live, virtual adventure through the secret history of Broadway theatres. Beginning at 8 PM ET, Playbill Experiences offers a special exploration of the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, home currently to the gender-swapped revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Company, which is scheduled to resume performances December 20.
Formerly called the Royale, did you know that this theatre hosted the longest-running poker game on Broadway when the original cast of Grease welcomed folks from other Broadway houses to play a hand in the basement—sometimes even in between cues? Explore the Jacobs Theatre on Broadway through stories and photos, like you never have before, including Julie Andrews' Broadway debut, Terrence McNally's first original play on Broadway, musicals like The Human Comedy and Once and plays like Anna in the Tropics and A Raisin in the Sun.
Dress Circle Publishing released Tepper's The Untold Stories of Broadway, Volume 4, in March, the latest in the series by the acclaimed historian and producer. The books tell the stories of all of the theatres on Broadway. The newest edition includes the beloved houses the Imperial, Jacobs, Studio 54, Minskoff, Friedman, and Golden Theatres, as well as the five Broadway theatres that were destroyed in 1982, changing the course of New York City history.
Tepper is also producer of the musicals Be More Chill, Broadway Bounty Hunter, and Love In Hate Nation, recent projects that are part of a decade-long collaboration with the group known as Joe Iconis & Family. She is the creative and programming director at Feinstein's/54 Below, where she has curated or produced over 3,000 shows. On Broadway, Tepper has worked on [title of show], The Performers, Godspell, Macbeth, and The Parisian Woman. She is the conceiver and director of The Jonathan Larson Project, historian consultant on the upcoming tick, tick… BOOM! movie.