ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: A Carnegie Hall Celebration and Chatting With the Heathers

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05 May 2014

At "Seth's Broadway Chatterbox" I had Larry O'Keefe (the composer/co-lyricist of Heathers) and most of the Heathers cast. First of all, they wound up performing four songs (!) and were so great! The whole "Chatterbox" can be seen on SethTV.com, but here's my favorite part (besides the songs); I asked for a horrific audition story and Molly Hager raised her hand right away. A few years ago, she went into an audition and decided to be super-friendly and shake everyone's hand. Well, when she began to shake hands she completely regretted it because there were 12 people behind the table and it got awkward quickly.

A little while later, she got an audition for the Off-Broadway production of Dogfight and vowed she'd never make the same mistake again. No handshaking! Well, she walked in and Joe Mantello (the director of Wicked) came over to her. He introduced himself and held out his hand. Nothing. No movement on her part. That's right, Molly had so convinced herself to not shake hands that she could not, nay would not, lift her hand to shake Joe's. Literally arms immobile at her side. Joe's hand remained in the air and eventually he returned to his chair. Spoiler alert: She didn't get the job. I am so obsessed with that story. It shows what happens when you have one thing set in your mind and your body refuses to allow you to change it. Here's a live reenactment of a similar story in this Obsessed with Richard Roland.

This Saturday, I'm going to the Poconos to do a show with the great Andrea McArdle! Tix/info here, and deconstruction of her amazing voice here. And now, my re-writing is done. 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.)

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