By Seth Rudetsky
08 Jul 2013
|Photo by Laura Marie Duncan|
To quote Stephen Sondheim, "It's hot up here." I am on the deck of the Anchor Inn in Provincetown, just like I was last week when I wrote my column. Still beautiful, but now 15 degrees hotter. Holy cow! Houses on the Cape didn't even used to have air conditioners because it never got hot enough to use one. Now, all I want to do is strap a 8000 BTU Freidrich to my head.
I'm here for my second concert of "Broadway at the Art House." I'm doing a show with not one but two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster! Speaking of the Tony Awards, Sutton recalled watching them when she was a kid and hoping to win one. When she heard the opening number on this year's Tony Awards with the part about the actors onstage being just like the kids today watching the show at home, she totally bawled. Sutton actually used to practice her Tony award speech when she was a teen and dedicate her triumphant Tony win to her classmates. Mind you, not the children who believed in her and inspired her...specifically, to the girl who tied her to a bus seat and the boy who called her dog-face. However, during her two Tony speeches, she wound up not giving them her well-practiced shout-out. There's always the next speech.
When she was young, Sutton was completely obsessed with Patti LuPone and idolized her. Sutton thinks it's so weird because she knows some young people look up to her like she looked up to Patti but, "I don't know sh*t." Then she added that maybe the whole time she was looking up to Patti, "Patti didn't know sh*t." That's the surreal thing for her about winning; she would watch those people onstage at the Tony Awards and suddenly she was one of them, but she's the same person she always was.