NOISES OFF-BROADWAY AND BEYOND: A Teen Idol Has Much to Confess and Onstage Sex is The Money Shot

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26 Aug 2014

Rex Smith
Photo by Monica Simoes

Playbill.com correspondent Harry Haun provides the latest insight into the buzz Off-Broadway and beyond.

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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.

In the current New York edition, their roles are played by Katie Kreisler and Brian Avers. The cuckold is easy to spot in this one: He's the one with morals and shoes.

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