Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below

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So how did a crazy Teen Idol rocker end up a respected entertainer on television and Broadway? Every song has a story. Like a rock and roll Mark Twain, Rex Smith takes you on a wild and fascinating, sometimes dramatic, yet very hilarious, musical story-telling journey at 54 Below (August 26).

From the crazy antics of rock and roll, his excitement and pressures behind a six-album deal as a number one platinum recording artist with Columbia Records, his two years opening for Ted Nugent, his last concert with Lynard Skynard before their plane crash (and what really happened), what lead Rex to become an overnight sensation as Teen Idol that took him around the world, and the despair that came with the title; his television roles on Sooner Or Later, Street Hawk, Solid Gold, As The World Turns, and The Daredevil; and most notable, his sudden rise to Broadway, including antics with Kevin Kline and Linda Ronstadt during The Pirates of Penzance and receiving the coveted Theatre World Award, leading to Broadway shows with Grease, Grand Hotel, Annie Get Your Gun, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Kiss Me Kate, and Sunset Boulevard... to where he met his 16 year old son, Brandon, for the first time... a son he never knew he had.

Join Rex Smith for a musical evening full of rock and Broadway songs, and if you haven't heard "the stories behind the stories" from a celebrity dishing on other celebrities, then this is your show. Stories and anecdotes of Kevin Kline, Linda Ronstadt, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Caine, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Andy Warhol, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith... to Michael Jackson, Andy Gibb, Tatum O'Neal, Dorothy Hamill, Diahann Carroll... And that is only the beginning...

Photo Credit: Walter McBridehigh res photos

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
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Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
Rex Smith

Photo Coverage: Rex Smith Previews CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL at 54 Below
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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


 
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