My next guest was Sara Chase who's currently starring in First Date. She sang up a storm on my radio show... what a great voice! I asked her about an onstage mishap and she told us she was doing Toxic Avenger Off-Broadway and when she unrolled a carpet onstage like she normally did as part of a scene, a mouse ran out! The nightmarish part was she couldn't react at all. Why? Because her character was blind. Yikes! That takes a lot of control! I asked where the mouse went and she said it ran into the audience, but nobody noticed. She then noted the irony that the only person to actually see the mouse was the person who was supposed to be blind.
Finally, I had Lee Wilkof on the show. He was the original Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors and throughout the years I've seen him in many shows like Sweet Charity, Assassins, She Loves Me and Kiss Me, Kate. Now, however, instead of acting in a show, he's directing a new film! It's called "No Pay, Nudity" and it stars amazing people like Laurie Metcalf and Nathan Lane. He's raising the money to fund it through ye olde Kickstarter. Here's the link to a fun video with all the stars.
I asked him about any onstage debacles and he talked about doing She Loves Me and finding out that the New York Times was reviewing it that night. He went into a total panic during the opening number, which is when all the employees of the parfumerie arrive. There's a moment when the young character of Arpad is supposed to sing of how wonderful everyone who works at the store is and sings, "And we get the tilt of our hats right!" Lee was so nervous that he sang during Arpad's solo. But he was also so nervous that he didn't even remember the correct lyrics so instead of singing, "And we get the tilt of our hats right…" he sang, "And we get the clop of our clopper…" Lee reiterated to me: he not only sang full volume over someone else's solo, he sang bizarre, nonsensical lyrics. From then on, whenever someone made a mistake during She Loves Me, the cast would say that the cast member "clopped their clopper". Brava!
As part of Lee's Kickstarter campaign, there are rewards for donating certain amounts of money. For $1,000, Lee will sing "Suddenly Seymour" to you on the phone or Skype and will substitute the name "Seymour" for whomever you want! When he was on my radio show, he told us he hadn't sung that song in around 15-20 years, but would do it again with me! I literally got to sing the Audrey part with the original Seymor. It was a truly thrilling moment for me. You can watch it here.
OK, everyone! Enjoy the beginning of fall and come see the newest cast member of Unbroken Circle starting this Wednesday (Andrea Martin and I are coming Thursday night at 7 PM) and come see Varla Jean Merman and I do some hilarious stuff at 54 Below this coming Sunday and Monday. 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.)
The Star-Studded 27th Annual Broadway Flea Market
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