By Seth Rudetsky
21 Nov 2011
The video about Andrea Martin's upcoming appearance in Provincetown came out, and it's great. I love the fact that Edith Prickley is in A.A. And Juli's appearance is especially hilarious. Watch!
On Sunday, I did a fundraiser at the home of Douglas Carter Beane and his partner Lewis Flinn. Even though they're dealing with rewrites for their new Broadway musical, Lysistrata Jones (Doug wrote book and Lewis wrote music and lyrics), they used their night off to host a fundraiser for Music For Autism. Families with autistic kids usually can't go to musicals or concerts because the kids' behavior can be too distracting to the other audience members or because they can't afford the ticket price. Music for autism provides fully- funded concerts where the artist is paid and admission is free! It allows families and those with autism to enjoy music and not worry that their behavior is going to ruin it for everyone else. It's a great idea and letters were read from parents with autistic kids and they talked about how much the kids loved the concerts and what a difference it made for their families. For more info go to MusicForAutism.org. Doug asked his former Xanadu star Kerry Butler to sing, and she asked me to play. It was in Doug and Lewis' apartment, which was crammed with people, so Doug suggested that Kerry stand on the coffee table in order for people to see her better. He then told everybody that it's the same coffee table his very young children would stand on when they would do their own version of Xanadu, and both his daughter and son would fight over who got to play Kerry's part. I completely identify.
|photo by Carol Rosegg|
On Thursday, James and I trekked downtown to see Michael John LaChiusa's Queen of the Mist produced by the Transport Group and directed by Jack Cummings III. I love hearing about history I should know but totally don't. Who knew a woman was the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel and live? Mary Testa gives a bravura performance as Annie Edson Taylor. I told her I was mystified that her voice could survive so much barely-amplified singing. She gave the answer that so many people do: the show was written specifically for her so all the songs are in her keys and feature what she can do. That's the same thing Mandy Gonzales and Montego Glover told me. Hmm…if a role was written for what I do best, it would feature someone who continually shows up late, mutters sassy asides and alienates authority figures.
SETH: Does any know someone who can take over my website?
EDWARD: What about Jeff Bowen?
JACK: What about Jan Maxwell?
I cannot tell you how many times over the last week I've laughed because of that. Completely obsessed. Speaking of which, I've always wanted to be in the approval matrix at the back of New York magazine. It's an actual matrix about pop culture with "Highbrow" and "Lowbrow" and then "Brilliant" and "Despicable." Someone can be Highbrow Brilliant or Highbrow Despicable or Lowbrow Brilliant or Lowbrow Despicable. The Broadway medley I did with Sarah Silverman made it into Lowbrow Brilliant. I still got it…ish. Here it is!
And finally, Happy Thanksgiving!
(Seth Rudetsky has played piano in the pits of many Broadway shows including Ragtime, Grease and The Phantom of the Opera. He was the artistic producer/conductor for the first five Actors Fund concerts including Dreamgirls and Hair, which were both recorded. As a performer, he appeared on Broadway in The Ritz and on TV in "All My Children," "Law and Order C.I." and on MTV's "Made" and "Legally Blonde: The Search for the Next Elle Woods." He has written the books "The Q Guide to Broadway" and "Broadway Nights," which was recorded as an audio book on Audible.com. He is currently the afternoon Broadway host on Sirius/XM radio and tours the country doing his comedy show, "Deconstructing Broadway." He can be contacted at his website SethRudetsky.com, where he has posted many video deconstructions.)