ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: The White Room, My "Smash"-ing Work, Plus Kristine Zbornik

By Seth Rudetsky
26 Mar 2013

Seth with Kristine Zbornik

Last week I began my comedy show with Kristine Zbornik, the fourth show in the Midtown March Medley. Though she was recently Jack's mother in the Into the Woods Central Park production last summer, we both began inauspiciously doing piano bar. Both of us worked Monday nights at Rose's Turn down in the village. Some of it was so great, in terms of the creativity we hauled out each week and the amazing audience reactions, but some piano-bar work is so horrifying. I asked her for her worst story and she recounted the time she was singing a song and a big New York Times editor was standing (barely) at the bar. He was severely drunk, and, as she sang, he started (to use a euphemism) "relieving himself." How did she know? Well, she noticed his pants getting a big wet spot and then she began to notice that the floor must be sloped. The slope in the floor meant that an enormous pool of liquid collected right near her feet as she sang. Of course, the amazing coincidence was that the song she was singing was (no joke) "Cry Me A River"! She decided to put a dance break in the middle of the song around the liquid and called it a "Riverdance." Brava. And on that note, come see us and all the other shows this week! Visit MidtownMarchMedley.com. We close this Sunday, March 31!

Let me end by saying "Happy Passover" and, for you bread-abstainers, enjoy a low-carb week!

(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.)