ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: A First Look at Disaster! and Jane Krakowski's Showbiz Stories

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14 Oct 2013

Of course, we discussed "30 Rock," which I was obsessed with. My friend Tim recently went to my Facebook wall and posted one of Jane's many hilarious lines: "It's called upstaging, Liz. It was my major at the Royal Tampa Academy of Dramatic Tricks." She later explains, "This is why I hated my first two weeks at the Royal Tampa Academy of Dramatic Tricks: No one knew who was the sluttiest. But I showed them. Oh, I showed them all."

When she got pregnant in real life, they covered it up by using a trick that Kelly Ripa used on her sitcom. There was piece of blue tape that was always placed above her baby bump. The camera people knew that if the blue tape got in the shot, it couldn't be used. As she progressed, the blue tape got higher and higher. Right before she gave birth, the tape was basically above her boobs. Her mom called her and said, "Wow! You're getting so many close-ups suddenly. I love it!"

This week starts with previews of Disaster, and then on Saturday I fly to Santa Monica to do two shows with Patti LuPone (for info/tix). Then on Sunday I fly to Dallas to do Deconstructing Broadway as part of the Turtle Creek chorale's concert! (for info/tix )

OK...I'm off for my final tech rehearsal and then...first preview! 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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