ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: Disaster! Ends Its Off-Broadway Run and More Memories from the Cruise

By Seth Rudetsky
15 Apr 2014

Liz Callaway
Photo by Monica Simoes
Speaking of which, James decided to go snorkeling by himself on one of the deserted islands. He said he was 100 feet from the shore and looking at beautiful fish. He decided to turn his head and look at other fish and then noticed he was being stared at... by a shark. First he thought, "Wow! A shark!" because he's so used to seeing them at aquariums. Then he realized there wasn't a glass partition separating him. So, he immediately began swimming towards the show. Apparently, you're supposed to wear flippers because they don't attract shark, but he was not. He swam back to shore frantically flapping his feet... otherwise known as "bait." He swam incredibly fast and, thankfully, wasn't eaten. We thought he outswam the shark but after looking up details on that particular type of shark we saw that it could have swum up to James in 10 seconds. So, we probably owe James life to the fact that the shark was either not hungry or on Weight Watchers.

Liz Callaway sounded amazing in her show as usual. She sang "Story Goes On" from Baby as her encore and it was so fantastic. I did an "Obsessed" with her about the original ending to that song and why it changed… watch! Because Mickey Rooney passed away this past week, Liz posted part of a TV movie she did with him when she was 19! Watch her singing from "Senior Trip" here.

Liz also joined Judy Kuhn in singing "I Know Him So Well," and it was so good! I'm going to have them on SiriusXM soon to recreate it and I'll make sure to film it. Liz talked about doing Baby and how the show was struggling at the box office. They knew the only chance they had of not closing was if they won a Tony. They also knew that they didn't have much of a chance to win anything… except, maybe, the Tony Award for Best Score. That night, she, Catherine Cox and Beth Fowler were slated to sing "I Want It All" because they were up for Best Musical. Their performance would directly follow the award for Best Score. This was it! Their chance to keep running! Liz said they were waiting to go on and, right before they entered, they heard the Tony Award for Best Score go to La Cage aux Folles. They looked at each other and said, "Well, we're closing." And then they performed this number

Oy! There's still more to the cruise, so I shall have to wrap it up next week! Before I go, let me remind you to come see me and Chita Rivera in New Orleans this Saturday. 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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