ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: Biking With Audra McDonald, "From Broadway With Love" and SNL Stars Visit Unbroken Circle

By Seth Rudetsky
22 Jul 2013

Michael Urie's point
After the night show, James, Juli and I went out with Ana and her husband Charlie. Ana recently took her daughter to see a "One Direction" concert and, because of the crowd screaming, she brought along her own pair of earplugs which she wore for the entire concert. She also took a "Soul Cycle" class in West Hollywood, which is like a spinning class, but with blasting music. She spent the whole time miming her complaints about the volume of the music to the people around her who didn't respond. They were all actually there to excercize, while she spent the class turning to everyone, trying to make eye contact while pointing to her ears. No one cared!

James, Juli and I went to see Buyer and Cellar, which was written by James' friend Jonathan Tolins and stars Michael Urie. He plays various characters in the show but mainly a young actor and a very famous movie star. It's about the real-life and bizarre underground mall that Barbra Streisand built to house things like her doll collection, old costumes/dresses and "shoppes" that serve frozen yogurt. Really!

Michael was so great in the show...really amazing timing. And there were so many funny lines. There's one I was obsessed with goes something like, "'The Mirror Has Two Faces' stars Barbra Streisand as a frumpy Columbia professor of something, no one knows what, and also stars Mimi Rogers as Barbra's beautiful and stunning sister, which is perfect casting. (pause) What?!" At one point during the show, Michael took off his shoes and I immediately thought I saw an amazing arch/point. I confronted him backstage and I was right! He said that while he was at Juilliard the dance majors used to have a breakdown that he had such amazing facility, yet didn't dance. Look at the photo! Buyer and Cellar just announced that the run is open-ended so get thee ASAP.

Speaking of Barbra, I did a new deconstruction featuring her! Also, Patti LuPone, Julia Murney and Bernadette Peters! Watch it here!

And this week a new Obsessed video came out starring my hilarious friend Paul Castree where he re-creates his audition for The Wedding Singer. Watch

All right, time for another bike ride with Audra. Peace!

(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.)