Smash recaps, Backstage Magazine, and 54 Below concerts.



Annoying Actor Friend made its first break from the 140 character confines of Twitter to recap season 2 of NBC’s Smash, using the framing device, “Smash Don’t Give a Shit.”

Want to know why I love SMASH? It don’t give a shit. It’s like a honey badger. You have a problem with the way it depicts Broadway on television? You don’t think the show is a realistic representation of what you do? Tough. SMASH doesn’t care. Go watch Breaking Bad. I wish my auditions were free of such inhibition. It’s inspiring.

You don’t mess with a honey badger and you don’t mess with SMASH. It will cut you, and then stage an elaborate musical dream sequence to celebrate your demise.

I’m not going to do recaps. I’m not even going to write a review where I sanctimoniously spell out when SMASH is real and when it is fake. Instead, I am going to give you a few of my favorite moments when SMASH truly didn’t give a shit and other reasons why I think it is so awesome.

The Top 10 Times SMASH Gave More of a Shit Than GLEE

SMASH Don’t Give a Shit: “The Big Finish”- A SUPER SMASH-TASTIC SIZED RECAP OF “The Nominations” and “The Tonys”

The Top 10 Things SMASH Didn’t Get a Chance to NOT Give a Shit About

SMASH Don’t Give a Shit: “The Transfer”

Closing Notice: SMASH

SMASH Don’t Give a Shit: “The Phenomenon” 

SMASH Don’t Give a Shit: “The Producers”

SMASH Don’t Give a Shit: “Opening Night”

SMASH Don’t Give a Shit: “The Dress Rehearsal”

#smashedwithsmash: “The Surprise Party”

SMASH Don’t Give a Shit: “The Parents”

SMASH Don’t Give a Shit: “The Bells and Whistles”

SMASH Don’t Give a Shit: “Musical Chairs”

SMASH Don’t Give a Shit: “The Fringe”

SMASH Don’t Give a Shit: “The Read-Through”

Spielberg Don’t Give a Shit!

SMASH Don’t Give a Shit: “The Song”

SMASH Don’t Give a Shit: “The Dramaturg”

SMASH Don’t Give a Shit: “The Fall Out”

SMASH Don’t Give a Shit: “On Broadway”

Get SMASHed: A Drinking Game


In 2014, Annoying Actor Friend served as a monthly guest columnist for Backstage Magazine as part of their “The Working Actor” series, and occasionally writes guest pieces.

JUNE 2015: 6 Categories the Tony Awards Desperately Need


DECEMBER, 2014: Annoying Actor Friend Looks Ahead to 2015—and Says Goodbye

As the new year approaches, you’ll be tempted to make resolutions—but Annoying Actor Friend wants you to think bigger and more thematically for the year ahead.

NOVEMBER, 2014: 3 Solutions to Awkward Family Conversations at Thanksgiving


Annoying Actor Friend knows how difficult navigating well-intentioned family members can be during the holidays—so here are three options to survive the dinner table.

OCTOBER, 2014: Are You Still Trying to Please Everyone?


Annoying Actor Friend gets it—you’re just out there, trying to be what you think they want you to be. But it’s time you stopped.

SEPTEMBER, 2014: Do 1 Thing For Your Career Today


In a business where you don’t have a lot of control, Annoying Actor Friend points out that you can control how you approach your preparation.

AUGUST, 2014: Stop Thinking About Your Competition


As Annoying Actor Friend knows, the other actors in the audition waiting room (you know, the ones who look exactly like you?) are not necessarily better than you are. So stop thinking they are!

JULY, 2014: Don’t Think So Much


Annoying Actor Friend has reached that stage of the summer when the long hours of daylight have led to some personal meditations—and the time has come to get out of our heads!

JULY, 2014: 3 Tips for Surviving Summer Stock


Annoying Actor Friend knows you have to leave NYC in the summer to work—but don’t think of it as a waste of time!

“TONY Awards 2014: IF/THEN/WHAT”


You may feel the need to snark on the Tony Awards June 8—but Annoying Actor Friend has some advice about that.

MAY, 2014: “The 1 Thing to Do This Summer”


Annoying Actor Friend understands how much summertime sadness can be created from the influx of recent college grads—but here’s a way to battle through and stay #blessed.

APRIL, 2014: “What Story Is Your Online Footprint Telling?”

Working_0403_ClayRodery.jpg.300x360_q100Annoying Actor Friend knows from social media—and it’s time for you to assess what you’re putting out there for potential employers to read.

MARCH, 2014: “Find Your Olympic Talent”


Annoying Actor Friend urges you to polish the one skill you’re better at than anyone else—and then fake it till you make it.

Photo Source: Clay Rodery



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#SOBLESSED: Live! follows the structure of the book, with performers telling self-depricating anecdotes about their experiences in the business followed by songs connected to them. Staged as a drinking game within an audition setting, the show touches on everything from college, to Broadway, to unemployment.

The concert version of #SOBLESSED debuted at 54 Below to a sold out audience on September 20th, 2014 and featured Corey Cott, Kyle Dean Massey, Paige Faure, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Jessica Grove´, Lesli Margherita, Ellen Marie Marsh, Nic Rouleau, Keala Settle, Tom Souhrada, and Stephen Wallem, with Erich Bergen as the host.

It returned on February 7th, 2015 with Lesli Margherita as host and featured Joey Taranto, Michael James Scott, Megan Sikora, Adam Kaplan, Mo Brady, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Ellyn Marie Marsh, and Julia Murney as Jeremy Jordan.

The event returned one final time to 54 Below on July 27th, 2015, hosted again by Lesli Margherita and featuring Krysta Rodriguez, Christine Dwyer, Chris McCarrell, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Kate Shindle, Alex Wyse, Adam Kaplan, and Chelsea Nachman as Laura Benanti.

All three concerts benefited Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, with music direction by Chris Rayis, and then Drew Wutke.