ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: Hosting Gypsy of the Year and Talking With Tyne Daly

By Seth Rudetsky
16 Dec 2013

Tyne Daly in Gypsy.

During a break, they both went to the ladies room, and Sharon was complaining about the non-stop blonde references. Tyne said that Sharon walked out of the stall and proclaimed "Enough with the blonde! I'll show them how blonde I actually am!" and literally pulled down her pants! That, of course, bonded them forever. That wasn't the only event on the press tour. When they got to their hotel, Tyne's room was on the 26th floor and Sharon's was on the third. Sharon knew that the higher the floor, the bigger the star (according to the network). She sniffed and said, "You'll envy how close I am to the lobby when the hotel catches fire!" After Tyne checked into her room, she came down to Sharon's room... and the hotel actually caught on fire! Tyne couldn't believe it! Sharon, however, laughed and said "Don't f*ck with me!"

I asked Tyne about how she got the role of Mama Rose in Gypsy. Turns out, she received a letter from the writing team telling her that there was no one else they'd like more to play the part. She was so flattered! She immediately called her agent to tell him she'd love to do it. He then called back and said, "Great! Your audition is in a month." What the - ? It went from a letter offering the role to an offer to audition. Nonetheless, she was happy to audition so she could prove she could do it. She came to New York, got onstage and started the show from the top. By the time she got to "Mr. Goldstone" she had the gig. But Jule Styne approached and told her to learn the music score more thoroughly. He said, "I think you should go out and find a man who knows the score." She replied, "I'm always trying to find a man who knows the score!" He loved the sass!

Over the weekend, I did a writing/theatre workshop with kids from Hudson, NY, who had read my book "My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan." The kids were so great, and the workshop was awesome without the awful part. I asked them what they liked about my book, and they all said how realistic it was! I wasn't a kid in 1990, but I have a good memory. You can get all my books (autographed!) at sethtv.com/shop/books-audio-books and email me if you have a school group that wants to do a workshop. So fun! And on that note, 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.)

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