By Seth Rudetsky
29 Apr 2013
|Photo by Monica Simoes|
Last week began with the 23rd Easter Bonnet Competition and it was so much fun. I wrote the lyrics to the opening number and had a little cameo in the middle. The jokes at first focused on the fact that the show is called the Easter Bonnet Competition, yet Easter was weeks ago. One of the dancers asked, "What about Passover?" and another one waves her away with, "Passover, Shamshover!" and then one of the dancers asks in a panic, "'Smash' is over???" At that point, I wrote that Ann Harada (who plays the stage manager on "Smash" should run across the stage and yell, "No-o-o-o-o-o!" She did it as written but added her own line: "It's on Saturdays!" You can watch the whole number here.
Before the show, Ann and I were backstage and Andrea Martin came out of the elevator. I introduced Andrea to Ann, not realizing they'd known each other for years. Then I introduced Andrea to one of the stage managers, not realizing she'd worked with him for the entire run of one of her Broadway shows. Ann looked at me and said "Next, you're going to introduce her to Martin Short." Brava (again) Ann! (If you don't know, Andrea and Martin did Godspell together in 1972 and have been best buddies since.)
Back to Easter Bonnet. There were so many great moments, especially Jen Cody as Little Sally and Don Richard as Officer Lockstock. Even though Urinetown closed years ago, they make an appearance every year to roast Broadway. One of my favorite lines referenced Doris Eaton Travis, who was the last living Zigfield Girl. She passed away last year at the age of 106. Officer Lockstock looked wistful and said "If Doris Eaton Travis were alive today…" and Little Sally cut in with "…she'd be the youngest person in Chicago." Hilarious!
At the end of the show, Tom Hanks, Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper came out to announce the winners and how much money had been raised. Cyndi still talks like she hasn't left the heart of Brooklyn, and at one point she looked at Harvey and said, "You see? I ain't that dumb!" He nodded and commented, "You're right! It's just the accent." I love that he busted her! I must ask, how is she able to sing completely accentless, yet insists on speaking like she's at a final call-back for Audrey in Little Shop? Anybody? Not since Jim Nabors.Continued...