By Seth Rudetsky
29 Jul 2008
When did it become the end of July?
I started leaving town at the end of June, first to go to San Fran for Andrea McArdle, then Texas with Betty Buckley, then the Rosie cruise, and the next thing I know, a million shows have closed, we have a new Elle Woods, and I'm buying back-to-school outfits. Speaking of which, I still remember some of my favorite September outfits. Remember the T-shirts that had a different color inside so you could fold up your sleeve and see it? It was a 1983 special…that wound up in a 1984 garbage heap.
All right, people, updates. Last Monday night I hosted and played piano for a NYCLU benefit. It was star-studded. Julia Murney gave a hilarious tip about performing in benefits. She said that she loves to go to the audience and watch her other friends perform, and she and Jen Colella have developed a way of doing it that still allows them to warm up. As they applaud their friends, they also add a loud Whoo! or Whoo-hoo that seems like extra cheering but is in actuality a vocal warm-up! Judge it if you will, but it's deliciously subtle and much better than applauding and chanting "Red leather, yellow leather." Watch Julia demonstrate it (and sing an amazing version of "Back to Before" on www.SethRudetsky.com).
Right after the NYCLU benefit, I rushed to the fabulous apartment of Amanda Brown Lipitz, the executive producer of the Legally Blonde reality show. She had tons of people there watching the final episode. I got there late, and while I was walking over, I got a text from Bernie Telsey busting me for the way I ran onto the Palace stage. When I got there, I informed him that I already dished myself in that week's video blog. I commented that my run informed the audience of two things: a. I was not popular in high school and b. I need a sports bra.
Bernie was trying to bust me because I spent so many previous vlogs busting him. On one episode he told Autumn that at her previous audition, she "literally hit it out of the park." "Literally"? They had an audition at Shea Stadium? Then he said he was nervous about whether one of the girls could perform that well "eight days a week." Hmm… I commented that maybe Bernie was confused by the ubiquitous commercial from years ago stating that "Sunday is Funday at Carvel" and informed him that "Funday" isn't an actual day. I'm going to upload all my Legally Blonde vlogs to my website so everyone can see my slams, I mean, playful jabs against Bernie et al. PS, why do I wonder why I've never been cast by him?
Anyway, it was super fun to watch the finale with a bevy of the Elle contestants: Celina, Emma, Lindsey, Autumn, Lauren and Bailey. The coolest thing was seeing Bailey there with her seven-year-old sister who hadn't been told that Bailey won. They were too nervous she wouldn't be able to keep a secret. Hmm…if they were nervous about that, they shouldn't have told me. Anyhoo, it was so sweet when her sister saw Bailey win on TV. She totally started crying, and Bailey and her sat on the couch hugging. Awww…