By Seth Rudetsky
05 May 2014
Photo by Chris Cassidy
When he got backstage, the theatre owner apologized profusely. Adam assumed he shouldn't go to the reception, but the owner insisted and said it would be fine. When Adam showed up, another elderly man came over to say something, aka complain. "Listen, why did you run off the stage? You just left!" Adam explained that he didn't run off the stage. He had thanked everyone and said goodbye, and he felt it was appropriate because it seemed that people didn't want to hear the music he was performing. The man insisted he did want to hear Adam's original songs and he came there expecting to hear the whole concert. Suddenly, more and more people at the reception started joining in the yelling and saying the concert was too short. "We wanted more!" Finally, the theatre owner scurried over and whispered frantically to Adam. Turns out, after insisting that Adam should come to reception, he now told him that he, in fact, better get out of there ASAP!
That's right, Adam had to flee what was basically a retirement community before things turned ugly. He and I are both Jews from Long Island, and we know there is nothing more terrifying than altacockers who feel cheated. Just ask anyone in my mother's shul who's seen the crowd's reaction when someone's cut the line at the bagel Kiddush. Not since the film "Warriors."
At the Actors Fund post-show reception, James and I were seated with Michele Lee, who is so much fun. She played a dancer in Seesaw and I mentioned her great legs and how she wasn't showing them off in her current outfit. She told me she'd let me see them but she'd be subtle about it. She got up from the table, hiked up her pants an inch so I could see her ankle and then suddenly hiked them all the way up to expose the entire gam. Yowza! In conclusion, her legs are amazing and her version of subtle would play well in a stadium. At the end of the night, I took some pics of her and James but she kept checking them and telling me that James needed to learn the proper picture angle. She put both hands on his head and kept adjusting his hair and head angle. For ten minutes. It was adorable. As we left, I asked James the same type of question he asked me after Carnegie Hall; he grew up a major "Knots Landing" fan and I wondered what he would have felt as a young boy in Texas if he knew that one day he'd be sitting with Michele Lee and she'd be teaching him the art of the perfect head angle for a pic. In conclusion, being in show business and living in New York is amazing!
Speaking of voices, I saw Audra McDonald in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill. Not surprisingly, she was fantastic. We were texting afterwards and commenting that she did the most belting in that show that she's done since the Dreamgirls concert I put together for the Actors Fund in 2001. I just found this clip, and it's so fun to see where everyone from the Dreamgirls concert is today: Lillias White and I recently did the Playbill cruise and she just got a rave review in the NY Times for her show at 54 Below, Heather Headley's won a Grammy, Billy Porter won a Tony, Norm Lewis is starring as the Phantom and Audra is up for her 6th Tony award. Brava!Continued...