Document MEGAN MULLALLY, WITH SETH RUDETSKY, KICKS OFF NEW CONCERT SERIES
Megan Mullally, with Seth Rudetsky and Stephanie Hunt, came to the rescue of a cold spell in Fort Lauderdale bringing the heat of songs and chatter. They kicked off the new WinterStage concert series debuting at the Parker Playhouse.
Seth came out on the set of the show with the piano stage left, a conversation ‘pit’ made up of a table and two comfortable looking white swivel chairs, a table and chandelier drops across the stage used very effectively during the show changing colors and moods. He said the show would be, “...a song, some chat, a song, some chat, a song and some more chat,” which exactly what it was.
Megan Mullally started the show by singing “Broadway Baby” from “Follies” and “Look What Happened To Mabel” from “Mack and Mabel”. During the next 90 minutes she would also sing Rodgers and Hart’s “You Took Advantage Of Me”, Stephen Sondheim’s “Could I Leave You?” also doing a 3 number set with Stephanie Hunt, with whom she formed the Nancy and Beth band, including “One Mint Julep” and a spiritual.
It was her chats with Rudetsky talking about her auditioning for a Shakespeare play, having to go on for Rosie O’Donnell in “Grease”, her working with Ellen Burstyn and Elaine Stritch in the short lived TV series “The Ellen Burstyn Show”, majoring in English literature at Northwestern University starting off in theatrical studies but not fitting in with the crowd, meeting Carol Channing and being mistaken for O’Donnell, going to the Golden Globes meeting Helen Mirren and not knowing how to react to a ‘Queen” among other stories until she wetted the appetite for tales of playing Karen in 8 years of “Will and Grace” for which she won 2 Emmy’s and 3 Screen Actors Guild awards.
Megan talked about falling in love with Sean Hayes’s blue eyes before he even opened his mouth, she and Sean being the bad kids while Debra Messing and Eric McCormack were the ‘parents’, how the ‘belly bump’ came about, working with Cher and Alec Baldwin along with NOT FRench kissing on television. She then sang a song from a show that never got produced because, supposedly, NBC would not allow her use of the Karen character, revolving around Karen Walker having the money to put on her own show.
Aside from talking about “Grease” she said a few lines about “Young Frankenstein”, not very flattering, but nothing about the revival of “How To Succeed In Business” nor did she sing any songs from the three shows. For an encore she did a version of Bette Midler’s “Dr. Long John”.
It was a pleasant but not particularly a memorable show!
Seth Rudetsky was more than capable as her pianist and, being her friend for over 20 years, knew just the right questions to ask her to bring out her sense of humor and sometimes the camp her audience loved. It was a good kick off for this new series and Seth will be back with Megan Hilty on February 20th and Patti Lupone on March 13th.
BEFORE THE SHOW SETH AND MEGAN HELD A "MEET AND GREET" TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE STONEWALL LIBRARY CELEBRATING ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY.