ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: Only Make Believe! Disneyland! The Book of Mormon in L.A.!

By Seth Rudetsky
14 Nov 2012

Matthew Broderick started the Only Make Believe show, and before he went on I asked him how he fared during Hurricane Sandy. He told me that his house lost power and I asked how Sarah Jessica Parker's "beautiful, beautiful hair" was. Matthew said that they got a hotel on the Upper East Side, so her hair held out. We talked about the lack of audiences right after the hurricane and he told me there were about 200 people in the house when Nice Work If You Can Get It started up again. Matthew looked through the curtain and begged the ushers to tell everybody to move down because they were all "dutifully staying in their assigned seats" and the entire front of the theatre was empty! (I once did The Fantasticks at the Sullivan Street Playhouse and we had more people in the cast than in the audience! And we didn't have a hurricane to blame it on.)

Speaking of the hurricane, Jen Cody and Hunter Foster have started a Facebook page where they organize clean-up relief and collect money. "Like" it!

Julia Murney (who went with Hunter and Jen on one of their many Staten Island clean-ups) came on SiriusXM's "Seth Speaks" and told me that it's especially hard for Off-Broadway post-hurricane. Right now Julia is starring in Falling at the Minetta Lane Theatre and she got amazing reviews. Get thee ASAP. Apparently, her belting is amazing! I'm kidding. Falling is a serious play about a family touched by autism, there is no belting in it. But her belting beyond that show is always amazing. Here is evidence in a past Playbill "Obsessed!" video.

After my depressing JFK laptop loss, I flew to L.A. to do my show and spent the weekend with my friend Jack Plotnick. My show was sponsored by a group called Broadway Knights and they hooked me and Jack up with a day at Disneyland! Before you visualize me riding "Space Mountain" 20 times in a row, you should know that the entire day was us walking around, eating, and me refusing to go on any rides because everything gets me nauseated.

A ride on It's a Small World

Well, that's not entirely true. I went on two rides: It's a Small World and The Little Mermaid. I am essentially a four-year-old girl. On Sunday, Broadway Knights got us two second-row seats to The Book of Mormon and it was great! I know so many people in the cast and was so excited to see Gavin Creel! He was fabulous as Elder Price and so was Jared Gertner who plays Elder Cunningham.

However, I was most impressed with Jared's Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS speech at the end. He was so funny: "I'm told that these Book of Mormon tote bags can be used as a stocking stuffer but I'm Jewish so I don't know what that means." And so sassy: "This is a fundraising competition. All the touring shows are trying to raise the most money, and if those bitches from Wicked win over us…it will not be cool. I'm just kidding. I know those ladies from Wicked and only one is a bitch." Pause. "The other is a slut." Yes, it's borscht belt but it's funny!

This weekend I'm heading to Las Vegas for the ALAN conference. "Alan" stands for Assembly on Literature for Adolescents, and I was invited because one of the ALAN bigwigs likes young adult book ("My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan")! The conference has educators from all over the country and I'm excited to enjoy the Vegas heat while talking about my book and then possibly seeing a strip show/doing a slow striptease. Speaking of my book, you can get autographed copies. They make great stocking stuffers! P.S. What is that?

(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.)