ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: Why Did I Need a Sports Bra When Interviewing Hugh Jackman?

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09 Jun 2014

Seth with James Monroe Iglehart

For Tony Awards day I was very excited and got my haircut so I'd look sassy. I assumed everyone was psyched for the awards that night and realized that not everyone is obsessed with Broadway. Or any aspect of entertainement. When I was telling my haircutter what I was doing that day, I got these three comments: "What's the Tony Awards?" which was then followed by "What's 'Entertainment Tonight?'" and, once he realized it all had to with Broadway, he topped the conversation with "I heard Spiderman was good." And I'm out.

Anyhoo, I first covered the red carpet which was so cool because I got to speak with so many stars, but it was also literally "not cool" because we were all incredibly crowded, under a tent, and it was in the 80's. I haven't seen the footage yet but the entire time we filmed consisted of the producer telling me to wipe my upper lip. Yay? Speaking of lips, I made some joke about Neil Patrick Harris kissing people in the audience during Hedwig and it all ended with us smooching. Hopefully, that will make it onto the air. Or as video evidence submitted by James in divorce court.

"Entertainment Tonight" gave me a black hat filled with random questions so celebs could take one out and answer. Zach Braff got "Who has hosted the Tony Awards the most times?" First he thought it was Neil Patrick Harris. I told him that it wasn't and gave him a hint by singing an Angela Lansbury-sounding version of "Beauty and the Beast" and the title song from Mame. He nodded knowingly and answered, "Oh! Sean P. Diddy Puff Daddy."

Seth with Anika Larsen

After the red carpet, "Entertainment Tonight" had a special room. It was so great because as soon as someone won, they came to us first before they went to the big press room because "Entertainment Tonight" is on CBS. Delish! I not only chatted with the performers, but also with design winners, and I loved that Linda Cho, who won for A Gentleman's Guide To Love and Murder costumes, was able to keep up with my sass. I loved her green dress and she told me it was a re-do of her wedding dress. I thought maybe she dyed it green and I asked if her wedding dress was white. She responded, "I had no right to wear a white wedding dress." Brava! Then I mentioned how quickly Jefferson Mays changed costumes and asked how quick his changes were. She said that sometimes he has to get out of some costumes in seconds. I asked how quickly she could get out of the dress she was wearing and she told me to ask her husband later that night. Werk!



My hours of interviews will be edited and air tonight on "Entertainment Tonight"... for a solid two minutes. So tune in! It was really amazing to be there and get photos with so many of my pals who were nominated and/or won! Take a gander at me and Anika Larsen on the red carpet and then me and Audra, James Monroe Iglehart and Lena Hall after their wins. Peace out and brava to them!

Seth and Audra


Seth and Lena


(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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