The Sunday Giveaway: 2 Tickets to When Everything Was Possible

Ever since the infamous line, “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain,” was uttered in The Wizard of Oz, people have been trying to take a peek behind the curtain.

And why not?  Seeing how things work is a great way for fascinated fans to become even more fascinated with something they love, whether that’s a car, a corporation, or yep, a musical.

On Sunday, April 29th, two members of the original casts of Follies and the Lincoln Center Revival of West Side Story, will reunite on the stage of Lincoln Center for their “Concert with Comments” entitled, When Everything Was Possible.

In other words, expect some dirt.  😉

And you can also expect photos from the era, an introduction by the King of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Mr. Ted Chapin (author of the strongly recommended book about the birth of Follies, entitled Everything Was Possible), and stories about Noel Coward, Richard Rodgers, and a whole lot more.

And one of you can also expect to see it for free!

Here’s how to win your two free tickets.

In addition to Follies, there have been backstage books written about Gypsy, A Chorus Line (another one of my fav “BS” stories) and a host of others.

What show’s backstage story are you most interested in hearing?

Comment below and you’ll be entered to win two tickets to When Everything Was Possible!

 

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  • Jake says:

    A Chorus Line! Get a lot of dirt reading “On the Line” which tells the story of the creation of A Chorus Line from the first midnight tapings to opening night and beyond. All told from the original cast members’ perspective. Amazing story.

  • Susan says:

    Spiderman, Turn Off the Dark. Would love to read what really went on with Julie Taymor.

  • Nicholous Bailey says:

    The hidden workings of what goes on ‘behind the screen’ is one of the biggest draws, for me at least, to the theatre!

  • Justin says:

    I would love to read about the full creation of Next to Normal, from NYMF to Broadway!

  • Sarah Packard says:

    Like someone else said, I’d also give anything to read the FULL story of what life was like behind the scenes at ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark’…talk about epic drama, onstage and off!! The constant upheavals, the record-breaking preview period, the injuries, the egos, not to mention the complete revamping of one of the biggest disasters ever! It was so juicy just observing from the outside…

  • Nancy C. says:

    I’d like the dirt on The Book of Mormon.

  • Sarah says:

    I want the Spider-Man story!

  • Rosie says:

    I love to know more about what went on behind the scenes of Phantom.

  • Randi says:

    Cabaret! I expect that every edition would have an amazing story.

  • liz wollman says:

    “Carrie.” The original Broadway production.

  • Brian says:

    Sunset Boulevard. Patti LuPone gave us a great story in her memoir, I’d love to read other perspectives.

  • Molly says:

    42 Street!

  • Fran Kitchell says:

    I would like to read about Broadway flops that did or didn’t ope. When I was a kid I was so excited to get tickets to Breakfast at Tiffany’s with two of my favorites Mary Tyler Moore and Richard Chamberlain.It closed in preview before i was to go. I would love to know those kind of back stage stories.

  • Benjamin Brooks says:

    Hair! With all of that talk about free love… there has to be some juicy stories!

  • James says:

    One of my favorites was “making it big” about well, BIG. I agree more books and backstage gossip about other flops – especially those post CARRIE flops – how about a sequel to “Not Since Carrie”…?

  • Hi, Ken…

    “Kiss Me Kate” has all the magic of backstage intrigues and fun and gets my vote for the show I’d like to learn more about. With great songs like “Brush Up Your Shakespeare,” “Another Op’nin, Another Show,” “Wunderbar,” “Why Can’t You Behave,” and “Too Darn Hot among” others, it has been a constant audience pleaser. No doubt the real backstage story of the production had more complication than the show itself.

    Best regard from Kennebunk, Maine,
    Steve Hrehovcik

  • Kristopher Weaver says:

    Evita. LuPone claims to have been so unhappy, I’m devilishly curious what others’ accounts of that are.

    Everything IS possible.

  • Lindsay B says:

    I’d love to hear further accounts of Jonathan Larson and Rent. Yes, we have Anthony Rapp’s “Without You,” but the entire juxtaposition with Larson’s personal tragedy and the acclaim the show ended up receiving is quite fascinating.

  • Katie O'Brien says:

    I would love to hear Phantom’s stories! <3

  • Katie says:

    I’d love to hear more about The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and how they created and integrated all the audience interaction. I bet there are some great stories from the first few months of shows, before that element of it became more well-known.

  • Juan Fonseca says:

    Spiderman

  • Delia says:

    I’d like to know the backstory of The Addams Family. Rumor had it there was trouble in paradise between Lane and Neuwirth.

  • I’d like to hear about sushi-gate and Speed the Plow!

  • Jean Givan says:

    Spiderman

  • EllenFD says:

    Both PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and HAIR were seminal musicals that changed the Broadway landscape. The stories of their paths to production would, I’m sure, make for fascinating reading.

  • Ron Katz says:

    “Mack & Mabel”. I love the music from this show and would love to hear what happened to turn what should have been another great Jerry Herman musical into a mystery. I’ve heard it was the book, I’ve heard it was the chemistry of the leads. What happened?

  • David says:

    I devour books like this. I love ’em all for one reason or another. I especially enjoy the ones about a single theatrical giant like Howard Kissel’s about David Merrick, and the collections about Broadway’s beautiful hits and flops.

  • Nick V says:

    Assassins…the original cast. It was a breakthrough show and I would have loved to hear how the cast dealt with playing such controversial show as well as how Sondheim was “putting it together”…pun intended.

  • Shannon D. says:

    * The original EVITA, with Patti and Mandy
    {and of course Miss Nancy Opel as her understudy!!!}

    * CHICAGO has to have a lot of dirt, because it’s been around soooo long!

    * THE ADDAMS FAMILY – Because I’d love to know what it was like to go to work everyday to a FLOP/BAD SHOW

    * And of course “Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark” — for obvious reasons! LOL

  • Joe says:

    My Fair Lady, Camelot, Music Man, Sound of Music and Carousel from start to screen or How the Ingenue Got Screwed.

    Hats off to Mary, Julie and Barbara !!!

  • John P says:

    Would love to read the backstage story of “TABOO”… what really went on with Rosie and Boy George..in the same season that saw “Wicked” become the biggest thing on Broadway…

  • Jacky says:

    There have been dozens of articles written about Spiderman, Turn Off the Dark. Would like for everyone involved to dish the dirt!

  • Lana M. says:

    I want to know the backstory of “Rock of Ages.”

  • Ellen Orchid says:

    I would love to hear the saga of Stephen Sondheim’s show “Bounce” which evolved into “Road Show” at the Public Theater. I wasn’t able to get tickets for it at the PUblic; it was sold out every night. However, I’ve listened to the score, and I’d LOVE to know how it began, how it evolved, what went right, what went wrong. Why didn’t the show make it to Broadway? What went wrong? What lessons can be learned? Was it the story? The back-stage politics? What makes for a theatrical misfire, so to speak, when such genius is involved? (Please know, I’m not judging; even Thomas Edison tried 2,000 materials before he found the one that could serve as the electric lightbulb filament.) Such a book could be not only fascinating reading but very educational/useful for producers looking for new projects to undertake.

  • Jeff Walsh says:

    For a long time, my answer would have been a backstage tell-all about Patti Lupone and Andrew Lloyd Webber during Sunset Blvd., but now that she’s written her version, that need has pretty much been met.

  • Margaret Rojahn says:

    Godspell- I’d love to hear about how you guys have re-invented it for a new generation without making it too different! Plus, the whole producing thing, it all sounds so interesting!

  • Moose Murders?

    Actually, Title of Show. They wrote that so fast and took it so far– it would be fun and inspiring.

  • Yosi Merves says:

    Personally I would be interested in hearing more backstage stories about Beauty and the Beast and Cats.

  • Lynn A. says:

    i’d have to go with Next to Normal, [title of show], or Drowsy Chaperone. i’ve heard it didn’t play well in London…
    thx!
    L

  • ECP says:

    “Woman of the Year.” Make that “Women.” Focusing on the reign of Lauren Bacall and transition to Raquel Welch. Diva heaven, or hell?

  • April says:

    I’d love to hear real stories of the workings behind The Lion King — it’s such a complex show withe puppets, characters, special effects. I’d like to hear how actors adjust to all those things in rehearsal … and what happens when things go awry!

  • Rick Hinkson says:

    NINE. not because i think the stories would be especially scandalous; just because it’s one of my favorites and i don’t know anything about the backstage story.

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