MR. SMITH GOES TO CONFESSION: Confessions of a Teen Idol started out in longhand as a tell-some, then it struck Rex Smith it was really a musical autobiography, so he quickly rearranged his stories into a nightclub act and tried it out for eight weeks in San Diego. The result arrives at 54 Below Aug. 26 at 9:30 PM. He sees it as an act of many hats: "I've been lucky enough to be rocker-teen idol-superhero-primetime/daytime/Broadway/movie star, and I wear each one of those hats and take you on a 40-year journey to wherever I am that night.
"I do bits 'n' pieces of my early rock 'n' roll when I was touring with Ted Nugent, into 'You Take My Breath Away' and 'Forever,' songs that took me around the world. I found the actual videos from the old days in my garage and use that in the act."
To be sure, he does a proper drum-roll for his Broadway credits (The Pirates of Penzance, Annie Get Your Gun, Grand Hotel and The Scarlet Pimpernel), and he was Diahann Carroll's leading (kept) man for a 650-performance Canadian tour of Sunset Boulevard. "That's where I met my oldest son, Brandon," he said casually.
Smith met the 16-year-old while signing autographs. "His mother had passed away, and she had told him, 'Your father is Rex Smith.' One look at him — it's undeniable who he is. Now, I have a grandson with him. Dickens couldn't write this."
In recent years, he has been hanging out in California suburbia, Little League-coaching and playing patriarch to five kids and a two-year-old grandson. He's three weeks away from 59, looks nowhere near that and could pass for Sitcom Dad if the call ever goes out for a better-looking Dennis Leary — a kind fate for an old rocker.
REBECK AND CALL: The other day, racing to the press meet 'n' greet for You Can't Take It With You at The Duke on 42nd Street, both Johanna Day and Reg Rogers experienced a déjà vu moment. Now playing in the same building is Poor Behavior, the Theresa Rebeck play which they world-premiered in 2011 at L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum with Sharon Lawrence and the late, great Christopher Evan Welch.
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