ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: Seth's Adventures With Marissa Jaret Winokur, Debbie Reynolds and Megan Mullally

By Seth Rudetsky
08 Apr 2013

Seth and Megan

My show in New Orleans with Megan Mullally was so much fun. She talked about going to Broadway shows in the '70s, and how she saw Equus when she was 16. No one had informed her that at the end of the show the lead, Peter Firth at the time, would get naked and run around the stage. It was Megan's first time ever seeing a you-know-what! She said it was bouncing non-stop and actually doing circles. Well, when Megan saw "it" and its various positions, she started laughing hysterically. And who joined her? Her mother. Literally laughing non-stop, throughout the entire denouement of the play. Megan is now mortified that she ruined the show for the audience that night but, as she told the people in New Orleans, "It was my first time seeing a penis." Pause. "And my last."

Megan and I were also talking about guest stars on "Will and Grace," and she said that Joan Collins came on and was fabulous. She was supposed to come back and be Megan's big rival but right before the read-through, a producer came in and said, "Joan's agent wants too much. She is out!" They had to find someone quickly to take the place of Joan Collins and it was… Leslie Jordan! That's how the character of Beverly Leslie became Megan's recurring rival!

All right, I'm on my way to rehearse for a big, fancy-shmancy gala saluting Marty Richards tonight. I'm co-hosting and playing the piano for so many big Broadway stars that were involved in his many Broadway shows (Chicago, Sweeney Todd, On the Twentieth Century, the Oscar-winning Chicago film and more!). I'm also gearing up for my Milwaukee shows next week. The theatre just emailed me and said if you use the code EQUALITY when you get tickets, a portion goes to Equality Wisconsin to help get marriage equality in the cheese state! To find out more about it, visit marcuscenter.org. 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.)