ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: Inspiration From Gavin MacLeod and Terrence Mann's Audition Tales

By Seth Rudetsky
24 Feb 2014

d'Amboise in Pippin.
Photo by Joan Marcus

Charlotte at the time was doing Song and Dance on Broadway, which was being produced by the Shuberts, like Les Misérables. Gerry Schoenfeld came backstage on night, and Charlotte asked him for the latest casting scoop. When he told her Terry got the role of Javert, she immediately ran to a phone. She knew Terry was on tour in Boston and happened to have the backstage number because she had also toured through the same theatre (this was 1986... way before cell phones!). She left him a message to call her back and he called late that night from a pay phone in a parking lot. It was on that pay phone that Terry found out the news he was cast as Javert! Not from his agent.. but from his future wife! Here he is as Javert on the Tony Awards. You can watch this entire Chatterbox and many more on SethTV.com!

Now I'm on the United Flight to Tampa (with a stop in Houston) and the Straz center. The Megan Mullally concert went great and you can watch us in action here! I'll write more about it next week, but suffice it to say I'm devastated I had to leave the stunning Casa Del Mar where I stayed with James and Juli. It's right on the water, and the bathtub in our room could have slept two.

Since it is the end of February, it's time for me to officially begin my birthday week. Friday is my so-called actual birthday, but as I mentioned in my last column, I treat my birthday like Ramadan and celebrate it for a month. This whole week we'll be giving out prizes at Disaster! and it's also Off-Broadway week, meaning if you buy one ticket, you get a second one free! Plus, Thursday night at 7 PM is our "Gay and Lesbian Night" where you can get a ticket for $46.50, and then meet up with cast members after the show for a free drink at nearby/fabulous Southern Hospitality. We're getting some fun celebs to come that night, too, so if you're there you'll see Jonathan Groff, John Tartaglia and Norbert Leo Butz (honorary gay/lesbian). Speaking of Disaster!, this week's "Obsessed" video features some of the fantastic singers in the show and highlights the riffs they've added that I'm in love with! They're all such great singers and have such fluidity to their voices. Let's just say Judy and I have the comedy roles in the show and leave the riffing to those under 30. Watch here, then 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.)