ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: Honoring Audra McDonald at the Drama League Gala; Plus, Fanilows!

By Seth Rudetsky
18 Feb 2013

Seth, Barry and James

James and I went to see the fantastic Barry Manilow on Broadway. First of all, peace out to "The taking of photographs is strictly prohibited." I've haven't seen so many cameras taping at one time since I filmed my episode of "Bunheads." He did so many hits and sang non-stop. His voice is in such great shape. At one point, he showed a video of himself from the '70s being introduced by Clive Davis (the head of Arista) on (what I think was) "The Mac Davis Show." In the video, Barry starts singing "Could It Be Magic" and as the tape rolled, Barry came onstage and played the piano and sang along with himself…in the same key. After the show he told me that he never warms up. Hmm…neither did Dorian Gray?

The audience was full of "Fanilows" and those ladies were in hysterics for most of the show. At one point, Barry did four pelvic thrusts and they screamed louder than Drew Barrymore in "E.T." Barry smiled and literally said, "I still got it!" Yay! He took the words out of my mouth. After the show, James and I went up to his dressing room at the St. James, which I remembered being Nathan Lane's when we were doing The Producers. We all started talking about dogs because he's an obsessed dog lover, like we are. He has two dogs now, but he also lost his lab a year ago (just like my sweet Maggie) and of course we started tearing up and then two seconds later, someone took our picture. Instead of my eyes "smizing" as Tyra Banks says, change the "smi" to "cry."

Today on SethTV.com, I'm adding episode one of "Broadway Game Night." I had some Broadway pals come over and we played three rounds of "Salad Bowl" (which is like Celebrity) and we had such a great time! I'm so excited it finally got it filmed/edited (by my friend Greg Roderick) and put on the site. In one of the upcoming episodes, Jackie Hoffman makes an appearance and after she takes a bathroom break, she tells me that my scale said she weighed 20 pounds in 45 seconds. Huh? I couldn't understand what she meant: it took 45 seconds for the scale to register 20 pounds? Why so little? Why 45 seconds? My head was hurting from trying to understand, and then I realized what happened; my scale has to be tapped to start working. If it isn't, it's a clock. And it's on military time. In other words, when Jackie stepped on the scale, it didn't say she weighed 20 pounds in 45 seconds, it read 20:45 because it was 8:45 PM! We laughed up a storm. I don't want to say she's an idjit…mainly, because she said it herself.

Peace out and prepare for the next column with an Australian theme!

(Seth Rudetsky is the afternoon Broadway host on SiriusXM. He has played piano for over 15 Broadway shows, was Grammy-nominated for his concert CD of Hair and Emmy-nominated for being a comedy writer on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show." He has written two novels, "Broadway Nights" and "My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan," which are also available at Audible.com. He recently launched SethTV.com, where you can contact him and view all of his videos and his sassy new reality show.)