ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: Adam Chanler-Berat, Lance Bass, Varla Jean Merman Plus Seth TV, In Magical Colors
17 Sep 2012
Photo by Robert Mannis
A week in the life of actor, radio and TV host, music director and writer Seth Rudetsky.
My last weekend in Provincetown (until New Year's) is coming up. Wah! The whole family is going because it's Juli's birthday weekend. On Saturday night the 22nd, I'm going to do my That 70's Deconstruction Show with some amazing new clips from "Donny and Marie," "Shields and Yarnell" and "The Paul Lynde Halloween Special." Get tix at www.PtownArtHouse.com.
Now, a SETH TV update because there's so much going on! Seth's Reality is up to Episode 7, which is all about my mom's surprise party, and there's amazing footage of performances by Gavin Creel, Aaron Dai, Darius DeHaas, Farah Alvin, my sister, Lauren Mufson, Forever Plaid, Nell Snaidas, Tituss Burgess, Charles Busch as well as my mom taking way too long to make a wish before blowing out the candles. Why so much time? Because when everyone yelled "Make a wish," I clarified by adding, "a positive one, please." Episode 6 is also up, which is all about me recording the Audible.com version of "My Awesome Awful Popularity Plan." Megan Hilty played Becky, and you can see her show up at 10 AM on a Sunday, looking like she just woke up…aka stunning. Plus we filmed me recording the sections of the book with Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who did the whole thing in an L.A. recording studio while I watched him on Skype. It's a combination of cutting-edge technology and a fear of intimacy. Watch all the previews here.
I'm extra excited about all the new stuff we have available like the first feature film on the site! Varla Jean and the Mushroom Heads stars Varla Jean Merman, and it's hi-lar! It's about Varla trying to do her own children's television show and, shockingly, nothing works out. She hires me as her composer, and I endure so many horrific things. At one point, she trips and stabs me in the arm with a needle. She apologizes in a panic saying, "I'm sorry! I thought there was a cap on the needle! There was when I found it!" The whole movie is now on the site, and you can watch a preview here. And, here's the big news… I'm in the midst of editing an entire concert that will soon be available. What concert you ask? Why, one of the concerts in my Provincetown Broadway series. Who was the star, you ask? Try…Patti LuPone! That's right! A 90-minute concert with Patti is going up, and here's one tidbit to entice you: she does all of "Rainbow High"…in the original key! So amazing!
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