BACKSTAGE PASS TO BROADWAY: Discussion and Signing

The Drama Book Shop is pleased to present Susan Schulman and Peter Marks in celebration of Schulman's book "Backstage Pass to Broadway." 

(New York, NY: July 10, 2018)

Goodreads Press has published the second edition of Susan L. Schulman’s popular memoir, BACKSTAGE PASS TO BROADWAY. Sub-titled "MORE True Tales of a Theatre Press Agent," the second edition includes several new chapters, expanded stories and additional never-before-seen photos from the author's personal collection.

The first edition of BACKSTAGE PASS TO BROADWAY: True Tales of A Theatre Press Agent was published in September, 2013 and, within a month, was named one of Amazon’s 100 best-selling theatre books. In this entertaining, dishy book, long-time theatre press agent Schulman shines the spotlight behind the show curtain, sharing true tales of her life in the theatre. Susan L. Schulman has worked with some of Broadway’s most talented and creative people sometimes behaving badly and often with astonishing grace - as they struggled to create theatre magic. A New York City ‘theatre kid,’ Schulman waited outside Broadway stage doors, not for autographs, but to tell actors how their performance had enhanced her life. After learning her craft from some of Broadway’s legendary press agents, she handled the publicity for many Broadway shows including DREAM, DANCIN’, SLY FOX, STATE FAIR, APPLAUSE, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, SCAPINO, DEATH AND THE MAIDEN and REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT.

She shares her adventures working with Mary Martin, George C. Scott, Lauren Bacall, Yul Brynner, Robert Redford, David Merrick, Bob Fosse, Raul Julia, ZeroMostel, Vanessa Redgrave, Henry Winkler, Lesley Ann Warren, Katharine Hepburn, Glenn Close, Mike Nichols, Diana Ross, and many more. Schulman has survived some spectacular theatrical train wrecks including the play that killed Zero Mostel; 'Abominable Showman' David Merrick’s last hurrah, and the fading film diva who sabotaged her own return to Broadway. Schulman also explains what a theatrical press agent does, how she does it, and how theatre promotion has changed. Broadway’s top graphic designer, Frank Verlizzo, known as FRAVER, re-designed the cover for the second edition of BACKSTAGE PASS TO BROADWAY. Mr. Verlizzo's book, FRAVER BY DESIGN, was published recently by Schiffer Books. BACKSTAGE PASS TO BROADWAY is currently available in paperback andebook at The paperback is also available at as well as at Theatre Circle, 268 West 44th Street, NYC; The Drama Book Shop, 250 West 40th Street, NYC and at Byrd's Books in Bethel, CT.

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​Peter Marks 

Peter Marks is a staff writer for the Washington Post and has been the paper’s chief theater critic since 2002. Prior to that, he was a reporter and theater critic for 10 years for The New York Times. His positions at the Times included a stint as a national correspondent, covering the 2000 Presidential campaign. Before that, he was a reporter and feature writer for Newsday, after stints at the Newark Star-Ledger and other New Jersey newspapers. In 1992, he was on a team of Newsday reporters that won the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting, for coverage of a New York subway crash. He is a co-author with the late AIG CEO Bob Benmosche of the 2016 memoir, “Good for the Money: My Fight to Pay Back America,” the story of Benmosche’s life, culminating in his successful revitalization of an insurance giant hobbled by the 2008 financial crisis. His writings have appeared in a variety of other American publications, and for several years he taught theater criticism in the honors program at George Washington University. He is co-host of the theater podcast “Three on the Aisle,” with critics Terry Teachout of the Wall Street Journal and Elisabeth Vincentelli, a contributor to the New York Times. A graduate of Yale, he lives in Manhattan with his wife, Valerie.

Susan L. Schulman

Susan L. Schulman has been a theatrical press agent for more than 40 years handling Broadway and Off Broadway plays and musicals, dance, TV, books, special events and individual personalities. The native New Yorker, Susan is a graduate of Hunter College High School and NYU, with a Masters’ degree in Theatre from Columbia University. Susan’s many Broadway productions include Bob Fosse’s DANCIN’, STATE FAIR, Lauren Bacall in APPLAUSE, George C. Scott in SLY FOX and DEATH OF A SALESMAN, Jim Dale in SCAPINO, Alec Baldwin and Jessica Lange in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, John Lithgow and George Segal in REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT and DREAM, plus such not-for-profit arts institutions as The Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Feld Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, The Circle in the Square, Repertorio Espanol, The Phoenix Theatre and The Manhattan Theatre Club. She has headed Public Relations Departments at CBS-TV Entertainment, USA Network and the Arts & Entertainment Network. Her memoir, BACKSTAGE PASS TO BROADWAY: True Tales from a Theatre Press Agent, is one of Amazon’s 100 Best Selling books on theater. The second edition, subtitled MORE True Tales from a Theatre Press Agent was just published by Goodreads Press.


Event date: 

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Event address: 

Arthur Seelen Theatre
250 West 40th Street