ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: Surviving Concert Chaos and Dishing with Debra Jo Rupp

By Seth Rudetsky
18 Nov 2013

"Teenaged Wasteland" then changed its name to "That 70's Show" and ran for years. She loved it and was able to use her TV money to build the house of her dreams. She was hilarious describing the building of it because she insisted the whole thing be wheelchair accessible. Why? Because, she said, she wants to keep it forever and wants to make sure if she ends up in a wheelchair later in life, it's ready to go. Seriously! She said she drove the builders crazy because she'd look at the plans, shake her head and say, "I'll never be able to make it around that corner." I love it! Right now, she's starring in Becoming Dr. Ruth at the Westside Theater and loving being back in New York doing theatre. I knew Dr. Ruth as the sex advice lady on the radio from the 80's when I was a kid on Long Island, but I didn't know she lost her whole family in the Holocaust and was a sniper in the Israeli Army! You can get tickets at becomingdoctorruth.com.

Disaster! is going great! We've just added a special Friday matinee on the day after Thanksgiving as a matter of fact. This week, Kerry Butler and Katie Finneran came to the Wednesday matinee. It was so cool to have two great comediennes in the audience on the same day and we took a disaster pose pic after. Take a gander... 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.)