ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: Annie Golden Talks "Orange is the New Black" and Norbert Leo Butz Shares Stories from Big Fish

By Seth Rudetsky
13 Jan 2014

I asked him if he watched his understudy go on and he smiled sheepishly and admitted (for the first time, he said) that while he was waiting to leave the theatre and go to his throat doctor, he watched the monitor to see the beginning of Act Two. Norbert said this his understudy, Ben Crawford, started the first number and got to the moment where he's supposed to be shot. (It's a fantasy sequence.) He fell on the stairs like he's supposed to do, but then he added a moment where he rolled down the staircase. Norbert loved it and told us that he promptly stole it for his next performance. Hmm... does it qualify as Eve Harrington-style if it's in reverse?

Well, this week a brand new "Obsessed" came out featuring my friend Mary Ann Hu and the lyrics I wrote for her. Years ago she had given me an assignment to change the lyrics to "When You Got It, Flaunt It!" to be about two things: The fact that she's Asian and has a big pair of you-know-whats. Watch the result!

If you're near a computer Jan. 14 at 4 PM, watch my live interview with Sam Harris on "Google + Live Hangout on Air." We both did Grease and The Producers together on Broadway and I'll be asking him about his long, high-belting career, his upcoming show at 54 Below and his new book "Ham."

Also, if you're midtown Jan. 13, come by Birdland on 44th and see Jim Caruso's Cast Party. The cast of Disaster is going to perform! 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.)