Awkward Moment at Awards Show

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Last night at the Drama Desk Awards at the Manhattan Center, a man who was part of the Beatles revue Rain -- which had just copped an award -- started chatting me up.

He and his wife turned out to be really nice, and they even slipped me a ticket to get up to the after-party.

Everything was lovelier than strawberry fields -- until the guy clucked, "Someone from the Voice wrote a piece about 40 things they hate about New York or something -- and one of the things was shows like ours!"

Eek.

I bit my tongue so hard it threatened to turn the whole lobby into a red carpet.

Call me crazy, but I didn't want to blurt, "That was me!"

But all was forgotten as we piled into the elevator and moved on to the bash. Phew! Saved by an open bar.

At the same event, adorable 88-year-old Fyvush Finkel told me he missed getting invited to the Obies this year. I vowed to get him back on that list, as God is my witness!

And I talked with Anything Goes' Adam Godley and his partner and they seemed -- like all of us -- a little weary but optimistic and ready to keep awardsing it up.

Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on ...



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13 comments
Scruff712
Scruff712

Yeah, enough of the beatles. Let's take down the picassos and bulldoze the frank lloyd wrights as well. They've had their time. Maybe if there was one artist now that was half as talented or captivating as the pre-fab four, we wouldn't be paying them this much attention, fifty years after they started. As much as I don't like to hear these Beatlemania bands, I'd still rather listen to them mangle a really good song than hear lady madonna rewrite the words to a pop song from 20 years ago and call it an original.

Corine
Corine

I did not go this year because I did not produce the after or before parties this year. First year I have missed it in 10 years.

Andy Humm
Andy Humm

I can top that!  Paper Mill Playhouse was doing "Master Class" a couple of years ago. And in one of the scenes the Maria Callas character is talking to the audience like she's doing a master class, but she was persistent in asking a question about, "You know, someone with no arms or legs," So I yelled out, "Parapalegic!" Yikes! I broke the fourth wall, but I get tired of actors talking to the audience and noit expecting some kind of response.

Anyway, at the opening night party I met Andrew Gerle, an acquaintance, who played the accompanist in the show and asked him how he thought it went and he said, "It was a good audience. But in the second act, some asshole shouted, 'Parapalegic!'"

"Andrew," I said, "That was me!"

It's more fun to own up to it.

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

I love Fyvush Finkel as much as I loved Lou Jacobi and I loved him hawd, hawd, hawd, swear to Gawd!

Barkley
Barkley

Enough with The Beatles, they were great and all, but I'm sick of 'em.

jonster
jonster

I think that guy knew exackerly who you were, LOL.

Redux
Redux

A play or an actual shop?

egghumor
egghumor

I had the unique pleasure of working with Mr. Finkel during the original OB run of "Little Shop" and he was a sheer delight -- and a true gentleman!

Movielover
Movielover

I think I saw Fyvush in Little Shop of Horrors.  Was that him?

Musto
Musto

I know, I love Fyvush! Such a doll.

Natali
Natali

I fucking love Fyvush Finkel. I met him when my dad and I were visiting my uncle who was in the hospital. As my dad signed us in, he motioned to where Mr. Finkel was sitting and said, "Do you know who that is?" I said, "He's on Boston Public!" but my dad knew him as a star of Yiddish theatre because some of his co-stars on the stage were very good friends with my family. I went over to say hello and he was the nicest, sweetest man one could ever hope to meet. Very similar mannerisms and personality to my grandfather. I would love to see him again one day and maybe even ask him to sing "Ich Bin a Border by mayn Vayb" with me.

Musto
Musto

PS: Lovebirds Bobby Cannavale and Sutton Foster both won. They must have had a hot time together afterwards.

Darr
Darr

I was someone's plus one last night and that was a LONG evening!!!

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