ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: Seth Chats With Len Cariou, Joanna Gleason and "Into the Woods" Director Rob Marshall

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15 Apr 2013

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

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The "fun" part of last week was thinking I had a virus the whole time and finally going to the doctor today who told me that I have allergies and simply need to take a Claritin D. Every year I tell people that I don't have allergies and every year I have a major allergy attack. Why the total denial? I mean, I remember going to the NBC doctor when I was writing on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" and being shocked when she told me the reason my eye was itching was because of allergies, and that was in 1998! Anyhoo, apparently I have allergies.

That didn't stop me from doing the big salute to Marty Richards last Monday night, although it made it sound like the show was hosted by Brenda Vacarro. The whole evening was a fundraiser for the New York Center for Children (newyorkcenterforchildren.org), which helps kids who have been abused and gives them therapy for as long as they need it. That's right, it's not insurance-company style where you get five sessions—the therapy goes on as long as necessary. It was one of the many charities that Marty was involved with (he and his wife were instrumental in starting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS), and he basically founded the NYCC.

The salute on Monday started with Chita Rivera coming to the stage and singing "All That Jazz." Marty produced the original Chicago and spent years trying to get the movie version made. Rob Marshall spoke and said that Marty was so happy the film was finally being made that every time he came to the set, he'd start crying! Rob remembered that when "Chicago" won the Oscar for best picture, Marty was so overcome thanking people that he couldn't remember who to thank? Audience members finally started yelling out names and he wound up thanking "the world"! Watch here.  When Rob and Marty were backstage right after, he asked Rob whether what he said he was OK. Rob told him it was "perfect."

Rob and I chatted in the audience and first he told me that he always listens to me on SiriusXM (which I loved hearing) and then he said he's definitely making the Into The Woods film. I, of course, forced him to tell me some casting, which he did. Annoyingly, I promised I would keep it a secret, but I think Sondheim fans will be pleased.



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