ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: Gypsy of the Year, Maltby & Shire, and the Launch of Playbill's Broadway On the High Seas Cruise

By Seth Rudetsky
10 Dec 2012

Jason Danieley and Marin Mazzie perform on the cruise.
Photo by Krissie Fullerton
And now, the cruise. Well, the good news is, I didn't leave my laptop in the cab on the way to the airport. Instead, I got into the cab in front of my apartment and right before I pulled out, as I was saying goodbye to James and Juli on the street, I yelled, "I left my laptop on the kitchen table!" James ran back, got it. The only thing I forgot was my sweatshirt somewhere at JFK. I remember wearing it through security. I realized it was missing once I boarded the plane. At least I'm consistent(ly annoying). My mom and I had fancy/shmancy business-class tickets to Buenos Aires. It was a 10-hour plane ride to South America. The cruise, launching there, was been going great! The first show was Sherie Rene Scott followed by Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley doing a duo act. Then I led a trivia game with the passengers, who were super smart.

ME: When Liza Minnelli checked herself into the Betty Ford Clinic after a matinee of The Rink, who took over for —

PASSENGER: (Interrupting) Mary Testa!

I was incredibly impressed! First I thought he knew the answer because he had seen this Playbill "Obsessed!" video.

But then he told us that he happened to see The Rink during the two weeks Mary was on for Liza (while Stockard Channing was preparing to take over the role…before the show closed two weeks later!). I will give all cruise details next week!

(Here's information about the 2013 Playbill Broadway on the High Seas Cruise, with Patti LuPone and Howard McGillin performing on board, on a 10-day luxury cruise launching in Stockholm, Sweden.)

Writing about The Rink reminds me of something that happened at Gypsy of the Year that also would have made me pass out as a child. Every year in school I would become obsessed with a show, and in 5th grade it was Chicago. I listened to it all the time, hoping one day I would meet Chita Rivera. Cut to: After Gypsy of the Year, Chita came up to me said, "You've really got it, don't you? Every f***ing word you say is funny!" AH! So amazing! And on that note, peace out!

(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.)