ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: Charles Busch, Varla Jean Merman and Margaret Cho in P-Town

By Seth Rudetsky
20 Aug 2012

Speaking of drag, I also saw the brilliantly funny Margaret Cho do her show at the Art House and she told us that this year was the first time she did male drag. She played Kim Jong Il on "30 Rock" (and got an Emmy nomination). She was horrified to find out how much she naturally looks like him. She said she didn't put anything on her face to change into him, she simply took her make-up off and the likeness was perfect. Her show was so incredibly funny. I can't print most of it, but she did do a hilarious section about Madonna being a lot older yet still trying to show "I still got it." Margaret said she watched that big dance Madonna did at the Super Bowl Halftime Show and thought, "Madonna… you should be doing those moves underwater." Amazing reference to senior pool aerobics.

I filmed a really fun Playbill Obsessed with Stephanie J. Block where the first part is about her upcoming performance at the title role in Drood. She claimed she was nervous about having to belt a G every night in the song "The Writing On The Wall." I told her not to worry because it's an E and she had to nerve to argue with me! Who else knows more about "who-hit-what-note-during-what-song" than I? Watch the video to find out how who triumphed.

And finally, what would summer be without lemonade? Juli has started selling homemade lemonade and her stand is doing phenomenally! It's also a beacon for Broadway performers. Literally within minutes both Andrea McArdle and Evan Pappas happened to walk by bought some. Look at the photographic evidence below!

This week my sister and her family are visiting from Virginia (we're seeing Closer Than Ever and Bring It On) and I'll be rehearsing for Megan Mullally's two shows in Provincetown and Westhampton. And, P.S., my new episode of "Seth's Reality" with Matt Cavenaugh, Rory O'Malley and Andrea Burns just went up on SethTV.com. Watch! And then, 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.)