By Seth Rudetsky
24 Sep 2012
Photo by Robb Johnston
The biggest adjustment for Michael in Europe was the getting used to the crew in Dusseldorf. Michael said the crew people weren't trained like in New York. They were just guys who applied for a job in a variety of places (restaurants, factories) and the one they happened to get was at the new theatre being built for Tommy. They had to be firmly told that since they were in charge of dangerous things like making sure Michael was flown on and off the stage safely, they had to promise to not be stoned before or during the show. And they weren't versed in musical theatre…at all. During the first run-through, the girl playing Sally Simpson had to run backstage really quickly to get to the other side. She wound up banging into a stagehand who was standing in the way. The guy was told not to stand there because Sally had to make a quick cross. The next night she ran backstage again and…slammed into the same guy. Why? Well, he was told the night before not to stand there so he moved. The night before. He wasn't informed that he couldn't stand there the next day. In other words, he was shocked that the show stayed the same each night! If he ever saw my comedy show, he'd know that certain shows never change. I've been telling the same old chestnuts for years.
Speaking of old chestnuts, this week I'm flying out to Morristown, TN, to do my deconstructing Broadway show. If you're a Southerner, get tix here.
And watch the new "Playbill Obsessed!" video that I did with Liz Callaway (the aforementioned Ann's sister!). She's always playing an innocent on Broadway, but in real life she is constantly sassing me (and singing amazingly).
Finally, come see me and Andrea Martin Oct. 9-11 at 54 Below! We're always talking about our mutual obsessesion with food and she recently texted me about a Food Inspection Grade she was ignoring. "Even the airport bakery's Grade C (i.e. rats) won't stop me from getting a croissant." Brava! Happy fall and 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.)