ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: Photo Ops With Megan Hilty and Peter Joback Loves Musicals

By Seth Rudetsky
26 Aug 2013

Seth with Peter Jobeck
Photo by Robb Johnston

Speaking of Wicked, the New York Times came and re-reviewed the show when she was starring opposite Shoshana Bean. Megan got the paper on the way to work and read a b-a-d review of herself. She was plummeted for a minute and then decided to do old-school retail therapy. That's right, she took herself to Saks and bought some expensive shoes. She then cut out the review and framed it (!) side-by-side with the receipt from Saks. That was her way of "taking her power back" and since then she's never read reviews. Cut to, she wound up getting a full-out love letter from the Times when she played Lorelei in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, but she never read it. Brava!

Last week at the "Chatterbox," I had Swedish star Peter Jöback, who was just finishing up his run as the Phantom. He starred in the Swedish versions of Grease and Fame and was then chosen as one of the male leads in Kristina by the ABBA writing team. He had spent years making tapes of himself singing and sending them to Cameron Mackintosh to no avail. Perhaps they sounded like my tapes of myself at age 12

Finally, because of Kristina, he got an actual audition for Cameron in London and wound up getting the lead in Miss Saigon. However, in Sweden, shows go on hiatus in April and then re-open in September so when he got his contract for the West End, he briefly looked at it and couldn't understand why they contracted him through the first week of September. He assumed he'd do the show, take a long break until September and then do one extra week. While he was rehearsing, he was making plans to go home in April and travel through July and August. He was completely surprised when he found out he'd be doing the show through the summer! Thankfully, he hadn't bought a non-refundable airline tickets to Stockholm!

He's about to come out with a new CD called "I Love Musicals." The name is based on the fact that it's considered "uncool" to like musicals, so he wanted to claim it out loud. I love how on-the-nose it is. My next CD will be refuting all the high-protein diets I'm constantly seeing in magazines. I'm calling it "I Love Carbs" it will simply be 10 tracks of me asking various waiters for another bread basket. Back to Peter: he's also touring "I Love Musicals" as a live show and it'll play all through Sweden. Who else is starring? Norm Lewis! Here's a link

James and Juli wanna rent bikes so I'm ix-naying. Speaking of James and Juli, they're leaving here at the crack of dawn on Wednesday to make the Wednesday matinee of Unbroken Circle. Last week, Debra Monk, Howard McGillin, Lizz Winstead and Andrea Burns all came to the show. Come see it this week for various and random star spotting! Here's the website: UnbrokenCircleThePlay.com. 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.)