CELEB PlayBlogger Peter Scolari: April 5

PlayBlog   CELEB PlayBlogger Peter Scolari: April 5
 
We are happy to welcome guest celebrity blogger Peter Scolari, the three-time Emmy Award nominee for his work in the situation comedy "Newhart." Scolari, who is currently in rehearsal for the new Off-Broadway comedy White's Lies (performances begin April 12 at New World Stages), will blog for Playbill.com all week; his first entry follows:


Playbill.com has asked me to blog for them. It took a while for me to decide, I'd thought blogging was some kind of competitive winter sport. Turns out it's not…

I'm Peter Scolari – I'm currently rehearsing White Lies, a new comedy by Ben Andron, at New World Stages. We open in previews this April 12th, with a May 6th opening that's bound to be fun, because we're told the cue lights will be fully operational by the 5th.

It's Off-Broadway, my friends - We're wearing our own clothes and make all our entrances and exits through the same door…

The play stars Tuc Watkins and Betty Buckley as Joe White and his mom. Tuc is so handsome we have to rehearse with our eyes closed. He's also very funny. And generous. I'm not sure how much more of him I can take…

Betty Buckley is equally beautiful and a much better singer than Tuc. But she doesn't sing in White Lies. Apparently, the producers were willing to spring for the sheet music but refused to pay for lyrics. Betty handled the entire snafu with aplomb, because no other fruits were available…

The cast includes Christy Carlson Romano as "Michelle," Andrea Grano as "Barbara Edwards," her mom, and in numerous but distinctly different male and female characters are Rena Strober and Jimmy Ray Bennett.

Christy is sexy and funny, but she seems too tall for me…

Andrea is a gifted character actor and comedienne, also beautiful and sexy, but reminds me a little bit of my first ex-wife. I have a strange compulsion to buy her a house. I need to work through that without having to pay a lawyer…

Rena Strober is painfully funny - It's distracting, maybe even an Equity violation. I'd check into it but it turns out that she is also the Equity Deputy. So for now, my hands are tied. I'm typing this blog with my thumbs, which is why it's taking so long…

Jimmy Ray is from Tallahassee, Florida, so you can pretty much write your own joke here…

Bob Cline is directing the show wearing a different pair of trousers every day – not easy for a guy who has to be back in lockdown every night by nine. I'm kidding, of course. He has till 9:30…

On a lighter note, I'm being treated beautifully by everyone. Just today the entire cast got together and told me that I didn't have to come back tomorrow, you know, just like take care of anything I needed to, make an audition or something…

It's that kind of group. Sweet…

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