ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: Midtown March Medley Marches On, Plus Alan Cumming and Sheldon Harnick

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11 Mar 2013

Seth at last week's photo shoot for <i>The Midtown March Medley</i>
Seth at last week's photo shoot for The Midtown March Medley
Monica Simoes

A week in the life of actor, radio and TV host, music director and writer Seth Rudetsky.

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The Midtown March Medley has officially begun! The week began with a really cool photo shoot featuring the casts and some delicious celebrity drop-ins. We got some amazing photos not only with all the cast members, but also with Lisa Lampanelli, Emily Skinner, Ann Harada, Jen Cody and Andrea Martin. I'm obsessed with how Playbill photog Monica Simoes got so many unposed artistic shots.

Then Playbill Video producer Mark Ezovski got a great "Playbill Obsessed!" video featuring various cast members looking sassy — as well as my director Paul Castree telling one of my favorite stories about his cat (with a hilarious/horrifying ending) and Andrea Martin (about to star in Pippin) retelling how she got completely busted in a museum.

 

The Daring Duo (the play I wrote and am starring in, alongside David Turner and Bill Selby) opens tonight (March 11!) and has two more performances this week. I had decided it was fine to have only two weeks of rehearsal beforehand because that's how long we had when we first did Disaster!, our earlier musical spoof. It wasn't until a week into rehearsal that I realized we performed Disaster!, in its first performance, by holding our scripts! What the hell was I thinking? I've been running lines like a lunatic non-stop. The show is a comedy caper and there are so many mysteries that are set up and then explained later in the show. If we forget any lines, we'll render the plot as nonsensical as "The Black Swan" (P.S., I never saw it…I just needed some kind of a punch line).

Regardless, we have been laughing so hard in rehearsal. I'm so excited to do this in front of an audience. Here's a video I made with the cast explaining the plot and here's where you can get $18 tix and the whole schedule



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