ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: A Blast From the Past With Volleygirls and Surviving Broken Arms With Susan Blackwell

By Seth Rudetsky
29 Jul 2013

Lilla Crawford (right) with Juli Wesley at Unbroken Circle

Let me furthermore say that the video of the show was therefore unusable. And let me end by saying that his entire family was in the front row. Moving on. Susan Blackwell then told one of her unfortunate onstage incidents but this one happened during a tech rehearsal. She was doing an Agatha Christie play...on a riverboat. First, take that in. Ok. She told us that during a tech rehearsal, she tripped, fell and broke both of her arms! However, she subscribed to the "show must go on" adage and did the entire run with her both arms in a cast. But what of the plot, you ask? Why, they simply incorporated her new look into the dialogue, which Susan demonstrated for us. It was something like:

"But what of the mysterious Miss Casewell? She could have committed the murder!"
"With those casts on her arms?"
"Perhaps they're fake…"
The entire Chatterbox was filmed (with all three songs!) and you can watch it at SethTV.com.

Now onto the "brilliant" (Garden State Journal) tragicomedy, Unbroken Circle, whose script "makes all the right moves" (New York Time). We're now playing Wednesdays, Thursday and Sundays and one performance last week featured a bizarre/amazing confluence of audience members: Lonny Price, Lilla Crawford, Priscilla Lopez, my college boyfriend and my high school prom date! Watch the video where I interview Lonny Price and Lilla Crawford, or as we find out, two Jews and a Buddhist.  And we've put together a commercial that has actual footage from the play. I love it! Watch at UnbrokenCircleThePlay.com



On Wednesday, I'm going to see Nathan Lane (and my friend Andrea Burns!) in The Nance. Wednesday is when the Actors Fund performance is happpening. If you don't know, an Actors Fund performance is one where the actors and house staff donate their salary to the Actors Fund. It's always a thrilling night at the theatre because it's filled with so many Broadway folk in the audience. And it's a great way to give to charity while doing something fun! Go to ActorsFund.org and join me!

And at the end of the week, I'm flying to Stockholm (where the Playbill Cruise begins)! Norm Lewis just came over and we went over his act, where he's going to run the gamut of both male Les Miserables leads. Yes, he's going to sing "Stars" and "Bring Him Home"!

Speaking of Les Miserables, I did a full deconstruction on my site and we just added a way to make comments after all of my videos. Watch this!  On that note, au revoir and peace out!

(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.)