Backstage on Broadway: Roger Bart and Baylee Littrell rock the boat in new musical comedy ‘Disaster!’

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“My favorite gag is to go say 'Baylee! What are you doing? You’re late on stage!'” Roger Bart laughed.

Roger Bart and Baylee Littrell have quite the backstage bond.

“I think the best part about it is and the funnest thing about it is," Baylee Littrell began saying. "Me?" Bart interrupted.

You may recognize Bart, a Tony Award winner, from hit shows like 'Desperate Housewives' and 'Revenge'.

And this 13-year-old is no stranger to the spotlight, his dad, Brian, melted hearts in the 90s as a member of the Backstreet Boys.

“What’s it like to see your dad performing?" I asked Baylee. "I get nervous for him, my hands sweat,” he said. “[My parents have come see the show] 23 times!"

I’m kind of speechless, because he’s so good, and I don’t just say that because I’m his dad, he has a natural, god-given gift of being on stage,” Brian Littrell, Baylee's dad, gushed.

Now Baylee's making his Broadway debut, alongside Roger, in the new 70s- inspired musical Disaster!.    

“I like made my mom and dad pinch me like four or five times just to make sure that it was real," Littrell said. "I was like oh gosh, I’m here!”

The comedy follows a group of Manhattan A-listers who celebrate at the grand opening of a doomed floating casino.

“The show is a send up of Irwin Allen movies like great disaster movies of the 70s,” Bart explained.

So, we decided to take them on a party boat (Hornblower New York's Infinity, which used to be a casino boat) so they could feel right at home.

But, on stage, Baylee may have the biggest challenge, playing twins, Ben and Lisa.

"I sing two octaves apart," Littrell said. "I didn’t realize he was twins I just thought it voice was changing," Bart joked.

Roger plays the casino owner who's responsible for all craziness.

“It’s all about getting out alive!" Bart laughed. "The stakes are extremely high for us!"

And it is sure to transport you back a few decades.

“What's your favorite part of the 70s?" I asked Bart. "Oh, I can’t really say, on television," he smirked.

But, these two are excited for right now, making new memories together.

Disaster! is currently playing at the Nederlander Theatre through July 3rd.

 

Produced by: Kim Pestalozzi