So I was in Manhattan and got a chance to head to the times square information center for Seth Rudetsky’s Live on Broadway show. Unfortunately we arrived to late and since we didn’t have a seat I didn’t get to be in the showtunes showdown. Unfortunately I actually would have won since they asked questions I actually knew the answers to for a change but ohh well. Anyways, for the first time ever, they didn’t actually have a broadway star special guest. Instead they had a person who makes fun of vocal coaches on Youtube…and to be honest she was funny, but it wasn’t the same as a real star. On the other hand, Julie James and Seth completely took over and Julie’s voice completely kicks ass!
Because there was no star, Julie and Seth took over. Julie sang an amazing song, I can’t remember the name right now and instead of Seth interviewing someone, Julie James interviewed him. One of the things we all love about when Seth Rudetsky interviews someone is that he always asks about something that happens behind the scenes during a show and usually the broadway star will share something. In this case Seth told us a story about when he was playing for the Phantom of the Opera.
There is a scene in the show where Christine rips the Phantom’s mask off his face and throws it to the ground. We all know that Seth is an amazing piano player and really gets into the music he plays. You can actually see his eyes light up when he goes for his keyboard. So Seth was playing the song and when Christine threw the mask it bounced off of the stage and landed next to Seth. So what would any gay diva piano player do when the Phantom’s mask lands next to them while they’re playing the music to the show? He put it on.
Not only did Seth get completely into the role, but while he was playing the Phantom of the Opera on his keyboard, wearing the mask, he felt like he was actually the Phantom, until the stage manager or someone freaked out and let Seth know that the mask was custom molded to fit the Phantom, was worth $2K and Seth stretched it out to fit his bigger face and ruin the Phantom’s mask. Anyone else probably would have been fired immediately but Seth is absolutely adorable and lovable and I don’t think anyone could fire him.
If you are ever in NYC on a Wed and can make it to times square around noon, you have to check out Seth Rudetsky and Julie James’s live on broadway show at the Times square information center. Thank you Seth and Julie for an amazing show and Julie for performing since they didn’t have another star. She did an amazing job and it was incredible to hear her sing. Thank you again Seth and Julie.