Armed with a digital camera, Schecter snapped everything from his morning wakeup to final journey home and introduces us to the various characters who inhabit Studio 54.
Here is a two-show day at
The People in the Picture with Jeffrey Schecter:
When I get up in the morning I have some big hair and puffy eyes. Needless to say I reached for my cat Chloe and my shades to protect the world from the truth. I am not always adorable and extremely handsome!
My wife Melissa Swender and I are expecting our first baby! Even with child she still has a better "Passé" than I do! Note how she follows my lead and wears shades to cover her
eyes. She doesn't need them though, as she always looks beautiful!!
A good breakfast before a two-show day is essential for me, or i am just cranky. I love eggs. They're great for eating and obviously fun to play with, too.
I pass the Shake Shack on 23rd and Broadway everyday. On a sunny day, the line goes down the block. I love burgers. Fortunately, I don't leave enough time to get a burger before the show or else I would be a very large man.
Believe it or not, some guys actually want to know what's happening to their wives and the little baby in the womb. My wife is very impressed that I'm educating myself and reading something other than a script or the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition.
I pass this marquee everyday just before I turn onto 53rd Street. Every time i pass it, I remember I never returned Dave's phone call to be on the show. Have to do that as soon as I finish this day in the life project.
I love how my two favorite dressers hold the door open for me when I arrive. No, it's just a coincidence that Gary and Rick are at the stage door when I arrive today. They work so hard, and I am so lucky to have them both in my corner during the show.
This is called the "people taking the picture in the picture." Fellow actor Jeremy Davis is an awesome photographer, so I asked him to help me capture my day. You'll see some great pictures shot by him. Thanks Jeremy.
Unfortunately, I have to shave everyday. Fortunately, I gave myself two pictures I enjoy seeing everyday. On the left is Melissa at our wedding, and above my head is my grandmother Helen. She was an incredible woman, and so funny. Miss you granny!
Chapstick is a must! It gets super dry backstage!
Schecter is known for recreating the role of Mike in the Broadway revival of
. Recent credits include
A Chorus Line (Carl),
Bells Are Ringing Robin and the 7 Hoods (Willie) and
(Ozzie). He has appeared on Broadway in
On the Town ,
The Pajama Game Wonderful Town, Beauty and the Beast and
. Schecter is the star and co-writer of the film "Farm Girl in New York."
Guys and Dolls
This world-premiere production is billed this way by the producers: "Once the darling of the Yiddish Theatre in pre-war Poland, now a grandmother in New York City, Bubbie [
Donna Murphy] has had quite a life. But what will it all mean if she can't pass on her stories to the next generation? Though her granddaughter [Jenny, played by
Rachel Resheff] is enchanted by her tales, her daughter Red [
Nicole Parker] will do anything to keep from looking back. A fiercely funny and deeply moving new musical that spans three generations,
The People in the Picture celebrates the importance of learning from our past, and the power of laughter." The cast, directed by Leonard Foglia (
Master Class Alexander Gemignani (Moishe), Christopher Innvar (Chaim),
Hal Robinson (Doovie, Rabbi Velvel),
Lewis J. Stadlen (Avram Krinsky), Joyce Van Patten (Chayesel),
Chip Zien (Yossie Pinsker),
Brad Bradley, Rachel Bress,
Jessica Lea Patty, Andie Mechanic,
Megan Reinking, Jeffrey Schecter and
Paul Anthony Stewart.
Tickets ($37-$122) are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300, going online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the Studio 54 Box Office (254 West 54th Street).
Tickets range from $127-$49 and can be purchased at The St. James Box Office or via telecharge.com at (212) 239-6200. Visit www.AmericanIdiotonBroadway.com.