ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: Planning a Disastrous New Year's Eve and Building Bridges With Jason Robert Brown

By Seth Rudetsky
30 Dec 2013

Kelly Bishop and Philip S. Birsh at Christine Ebersole's party


Regardless, we still went to Christine's (after Juli's devastation) and had a great time. I saw the lovely Kelly Bishop there! If you don't know, not only did she win a Tony Award for playing Shelia in A Chorus Line but I had recently "worked" with her on "Bunheads." I put "work" in quotes because we had no scenes together and by the time I got on set, her season had wrapped. But I was excited to tell her that one of her castmates was about to join Disaster! Yes, Stacey Oristano who played "Truly" and also played Mindy Riggins on "Friday Night Lights" is going to play Jackie, the nightclub singer with twin children starting next Monday. I first met Stacey through James because they starred opposite each other in The Wild Party back in Dallas. I found this clip of them where they both sound great. But I'm obsessed with the editing; the camera only goes to Stacey after she's sung. And, PS, it's not like it was one camera and the guy kept getting there there late... No, it was a two camera shoot and it seems that the editor made the "artistic" choice not to focus on the actual person singing. Wonderful. Watch

Anyhoo, Kelly looked amazing, and right after I saw her, the Marvin Hamlisch website happened to post my deconstruction of her amazing performance in "At The Ballet." Watch

Also, joining the Disaster! cast is Annie Golden, recently from "Orange is the New Black," who'll be playing Shirley. And Feb 10, the hilarious Judy Gold will take over the role! So you only have two more weeks to see the great Mary Testa! Here's the Obsessed I did with her. Take a gander

Brad Oscar, Elizabeth Stanley and Max von Essen experiencing a Disaster

There have been so many fun celebs coming to Disaster!, too! Adam Lambert came by, and Juli was devastated she couldn't be there so he took the picture on the side for her.

Adam Lambert

And then we had three great Broadway faves: Elizabeth Stanley, Brad Oscar and Max Von Essen came to the same show! Speaking of celebrities, I have two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz coming on "Seth's Broadway Chatterbox" this Thursday at 5 PM at Don't Tell Mama. It goes until 6 PM and then at 7 PM, you can cross the street and see our first Thursday night performance of Disaster! Both shows are on 46th Street! Or if you want a whole Playbill-style evening, you can come to the show Jan. 28. The evening is being sponsored by the Playbill Club and it starts with dinner at a sassy restaurant, then Disaster!, then a talk back with the cast, then Playbill's Blake Ross and I will be hosting an after-party at Sardi's! You can make a reservation for that by calling the Playbill office and asking for Wanda: (212) 557-5757. And on that note, Happy New Year!

(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.)