This week in the life of Seth Rudetsky, we learn how an overplayed song on his phone got turned into the Broadway sensation recording of “What The World Needs Now Is Love.”
OK, here’s basically The Making of Broadway For Orlando.
SO! Last Monday James woke up super early. He often does that and will sit and watch the news because he’s been obsessed with the news since he was a child. Proof: When he was a teenager, he crashed his mom’s car and basically ruined it. He was devastated. Why? Because he was almost killed? Because he had a single mom who didn’t have the money to fix the car? No. Devastated because the car accident and subsequent paperwork delayed him getting home for the 6 o’clock news. That’s how obsessed he is with watching the news. Speaking of James as a teenager, here he is 1,000 years ago playing a teen-aged Tony in West Side Story. Obsessed with his high B flat and the pitch of the “dancers who sing.”
This article was originally written by Seth Rudetsky and published on Playbill.com