ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: Merry Christmas From Avenue Q's Christmas Eve, Ann Harada

By Seth Rudetsky
19 Dec 2011

Then I had my sister Beth as a guest on "Seth Speaks" because I have recently become obsessed with a song she wrote a while ago. She composed it back when she was the singer/pianist at "Burt Bacharach's." Not his actual house, but the restaurant he owned! Of course, back then she didn't realize the "beauty" of the name Rudetsky and kept changing her name. At one point, she used her middle name as a last name and went by "Beth Diane," sounding like she was a soft porn star. Then she used my mom's maiden name and went by "Beth Sheerin," sounding like she was an Irish washerwoman. Regardless, I decided she's a quadruple threat because she writes the lyrics, music, sings and accompanies herself! The song is called "Empty Projector," and Beth said that she wrote it before people were taking Prozac, so one's only option was to write a downer song. Watch her here on my show

Finally, I interviewed lots of cast members from Godspell for my SiriusXM "Live On Broadway" show, which is coming back this Friday night at 7 PM. Hunter Parrish plays Jesus and the cast recalled a recent show where the crucifix set piece didn't lower down to the stage, so Hunter had to do the whole last 15 minutes of the show with his arms out in a crucifixion position but with nothing supporting him. Ow! I then commended him for doing what everyone did in the '80s when we were doing Jane Fonda videos. Anybody remember those horrible arm exercises? Still hurts. Then I asked Hunter about his time in Spring Awakening, in which he had to expose his butt at the end of Act One. He remembered that Daniel Radcliffe, who was doing Equus at the time, came backstage and asked him how he keeps his butt so hairless! Apparently, Daniel had to wax what the Brits call his "arse." Depilatory-ous!

Seth Speaks now has its own Facebook page, and soon I'm going to have one for my new novel, "My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan." But you can pre-order it on Amazon here. Happy Holidays everyone — and go see a show!

(Seth Rudetsky has played piano in the pits of many Broadway shows including Ragtime, Grease and The Phantom of the Opera. He was the artistic producer/conductor for the first five Actors Fund concerts including Dreamgirls and Hair, which were both recorded. As a performer, he appeared on Broadway in The Ritz and on TV in "All My Children," "Law and Order C.I." and on MTV's "Made" and "Legally Blonde: The Search for the Next Elle Woods." He has written the books "The Q Guide to Broadway" and "Broadway Nights," which was recorded as an audio book on Audible.com. He is currently the afternoon Broadway host on Sirius/XM radio and tours the country doing his comedy show, "Deconstructing Broadway." He can be contacted at his website SethRudetsky.com, where he has posted many video deconstructions.)