ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: Easter Bonnet Fun and Keala Settle and Nikki M. James Talk Les Miz

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28 Apr 2014

Nikki M. James
Photo by Michael Le Poer Trench

The awards nominations have started to come out in full force and I was very excited when I heard that Jennifer Simard, who played the Nun with the gambling addiction in Disaster! was nominated for a Drama Desk award — Best Featured Actress in a musical! And she was also nominated for a "Distingushed Performance Award" by the Drama League! Her competition for that award is hilarious because it's basically a list of the most famous people on Broadway: Idina Menzel, Sutton Foster, Tyne Daly, Daniel Radcliffe, Denzel Washington, Neil Patrick Harris... to name a few! Regardless, I'm so happy for her, and I'll be at the Drama League luncheon to cheer her on and beg her to introduce me to James Franco. James was at the Easter Bonnet Competition and when Juli saw him from afar, she was acting like a 14-year-old girl. The sad part is, so was I. And Juli's 13, so she was actually being mature.

Every weekend in May I'll be a travelin'! This weekend I'll be at the Woodstock Playhouse with Patti LuPone, May 10 I'll be with Andrea McArdle in the Poconos, May 18 I'll be with Megan Hilty in Hartford Connecticut, May 25 I'll be doing a Master Class in Detroit and May 31 I'll be with Patti LuPone (again!) in Detroit. Yowza! All info is here. Tonight, Andrea Martin invited us to see her perform as the NY Pops salutes Marc Shaiman and Scott Whitman and then I'm hightalining it to the Marriot for the Actors Fund Gala honoring Disney's 20 years on Broadway. 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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