By Seth Rudetsky
22 May 2012
Greetings from Wilmington, Delaware. I've been traveling back and forth all week doing Andrea Martin's Final Days: Everything Must Go. The DuPont Theater is the longest operating theatre in the U.S. (100 years!) and the lobby has pics from past productions. The Bye Bye Birdie tour came through in 1991 and the cast featured a lot of people I became friends with later on in the '90s: Paul Castree, Jessie Stone, Susan Egan, Marc Kudisch, etc. When I arrived in Wilmington I got a Facebook posting from my friend Spring (who was known as Wendy Springer when we did Grease together) saying that she's in Europe and had recently downloaded both of my books ("Broadway Nights" and "My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan") to her iPad. She wrote that she just finished them and loved them both. Cut to: Right after I read that posting I went to the DuPont lobby, and directly outside the main doors is a big picture of Tommy Tune — and off to one side is Wendy Springer! No wonder Facebook traded at such a high price last week; it can foreshadow what photos you run into.
This week I interviewed Steve Marzullo, whom we all call "Marzullo." He has a new CD called "Show Some Beauty" that features amazing singers like Rebecca Luker, Andrea Burns, Terri Klausner and many other folk. His music is going to be featured on June 4 (along with the David Zippel and Kerrigan and Lowdermilk) at the hip, new 54 Below, underneath Studio 54. Tickets are here.
|photo by Robb Johnston|
If you don't know Marzullo's music, here's Audra MacDonald singing "Some Days" with me playing at an rFamily Vacation in Ixtapa. If you don't remember, we were constantly having breakdowns due to the flies that seemed to be everywhere. During this performance, Audra not only had to deal with a fly attack but literally changed the lyrics on the spot to comment on what was happening. Hi-lar!Continued...