ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: Someone Else's Story Sutton Foster's

By Seth Rudetsky
04 Mar 2013

Of course, we talked about the day she found out she was getting the role of Millie after being the understudy. She was on the phone with her boyfriend that morning and got a "call waiting." She told him to hold on and clicked over to hear Michael Mayer tell her she had the role. She immediately started crying hysterically saying, “You’re making a mistake. I’m not ready!” Her boyfriend had no idea what happened. He was talking to her, she said a chipper, “Hold on a second,” and then 30 seconds later she came back and tearfully/hysterically said, “I have to call you back!” Click. He spent a wonderful day thinking that someone she knew died, not that she was in a wig fitting.

OK, the big delicious news is that the New York Times article about the Midtown March Medley came out in the Arts and Leisure section. The online version happened on Thursday and I freaked out, but people told me the print version would probably be cut. Then Sunday came and it was the same big, fat write-up! So amazing! Take a gander!

And, I’ve put up two new videos with cast members from the show doing shtick: Here’s the cast of The Daring Duo (starring me, David Turner and Billy Selby…and my violin), and here's the cast of Unbroken Circle (with James, Juli, Eve Plumb and a big Southern family). (PS. Don’t tell Elton John. Trying to avoid a lawsuit). The annoying part is, I keep running into people who think that each night of our play series features four short plays. No!! There are four full-length shows, and they run at various times all throughout March! Get thee to MidtownMarchMedley.com four times. Unbroken Circle opens this Friday, Daring Duo next Monday and Art and Science with John Tartaglia and Tony Sheldon opens March 14.

Speaking of shows I’ve written, I’m working on getting Disaster transferred so it can eventually move to Broadway. I was talking to a theatre owner who happened to be working this weekend with Denis Jones, who directed/choreographed Disaster. I texted Denis that I thought it was so weird he was with the guy I pitched the show to and I’m rehearsing again in the same studios where we did Disaster. Then something weirder happened; I don’t know if you remember, but on the last night of the show, I ruptured a part of my left calf and couldn’t walk. Well, in THE DARING DUO rehearsal yesterday, the same thing happened…to my right calf! A matching set! I sent Denis all the parallels and ended it with the question, “Full circle?” I’m not completely devastated about my calf injury because last year it took five days for me to walk almost normally, and the show doesn’t open til the 11th…so I have enough time for physical therapy to do its job. Until then, I’m going to go ice and keep my gam elevated! 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.)