BERGEN’S NEW DISH

August 08, 2018 at 4:30 am

Actor Erich Bergen has gone from one of the singing “Jersey Boys” all the way to the West Wing to service “Madam Secretary.” Now Bergen is serving up a dish of a different kind in “Waitress.” He’s here with the details.

Aired on August 7, 2018.

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>>> HE IS A MANHATTAN NATIVE WHO
PLAYED A JERSEY BOY ON STAGE AND
IN THE CLINT EASTWOOD JERSEY
BOYS FILM AS PRESENTLY STARRING
AS BLAKE MORAN ON THE HIT DRAMA
"MADAM SECRETARY" AND NOW ERIC
BERGEN IS SERVING UP A
>> FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO HEAR
MORE FROM ERIC BERGEN, HE HAS AN
UPCOMING CONCERT SEPTEMBER 30th
AT NEW YORK CITY HALL, AND WE'RE
GLAD TO WELCOME THE TALENTED
MUSICIAN/ACTOR ERIC BERGEN AT
"METROFOCUS."
IT'S SO NICE TO SEE YOU, IN
PERSON, I'VE SEEN YOU IN A
VARIETY OF THINGS, INCLUDING THE
FILM, YOU AND I WERE TALKING
BEFORE, AND HOW WHEN I WAS A
YOUNG KID, THEY WOULD PERFORM IN
PLEASANT BEACH.
WE'D HIDE OUT UNDERNEATH THE
BOARDWALK AND LISTEN AND SAY HOW
COOL IS THIS.
IT'S VERY COOL.
>> YOU DON'T.
IT'S A LOT MORE EXPENSIVE TO SEE
JERSEY BOYS NOW THAN THEN.
>> I'M SURE IT WAS.
THERE'S SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT
BECAUSE YOU DO SO MUCH, AND
WELL, EXTRAORDINARILY WELL.
WHAT WAS YOUR DAY TODAY?
YOU STARTED AT 5:00 THIS
MORNING.
>> YES, WELL, YESTERDAY WAS EVEN
MORE WILD.
YESTERDAY WAS GETTING UP AT 5:00
A.M., GOING TO BROOKLYN TO FILM
MADAM SECRETARY, THEN GOING TO
DO A MATINEE OF WAITRESS, HAVING
PHYSICAL THERAPY AND DOING AN
EVENING SHOW OF WAITRESS, AND
ALL THE WHILE I'M MOVING RIGHT
NOW.
I COULDN'T BE HAPPIER, AND I
COULDN'T BE MORE GRATEFUL, BUT
I'M A LITTLE TIRED.
>> WHAT A SLACKER.
LET'S TALK ABOUT "WAITRESS."
YOU WANTED TO -- YOU'VE BEEN
INVOLVED IN MUSICAL THEATER FOR
SO MUCH OF YOUR LIFE.
>> YES.
>> ONE OF THE THINGS I FIND
CURIOUS IS WHEN ACTORS ARE ASKED
ABILITY WHAT'S DIFFERENT FROM
ACTING ON TELEVISION AND ON
BROADWAY?
I WAS LOOKING AT AN INTERVIEW,
AND SOMEBODY ASKED YOU ABOUT
WHAT'S THE HARDEST THING ABOUT
"WAITRESS"?
I'M EXPECTING SOMETHING ABOUT
DEALING WITH THE AUDIENCE OR HOW
YOU ENUNCIATE OR SOMETHING.
AND YOUR ANSWER WAS SOMETHING
ABOUT A MUFFIN.
TELL ME THAT STORY.
>> YOU KNOW, THIS IS A SHOW THAT
HAS A LOT OF BAKING IN THE SHOW,
AND THERE'S A LOT OF PIES AND
THINGS.
AND THERE IS A MOMENT IN THE
SHOW WHEN I HAVE TO TAKE A FEW
BITES OUT OF THIS MUFFIN.
AND I'M SO IN LOVE WITH THIS
THING THAT JENNA HAS BAKED THAT
I TAKE THESE GARGANTUAN BITES.
WHEN YOU GET CLOSER TO THE END
OF THE WEEK, BECAUSE THEY
PRE-BUY THE MUFFINS, THE PROP
MUFFINS EARLIER IN THE WEEK,
THEY TEND TO GET A LITTLE LESS
MOIST.
THEY'RE NOT THAT BAD, BUT
THERE'S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE
TUESDAY MUFFIN AND THE SUNDAY
MUFFIN.
LET'S PUT IT THAT WAY.
THEN I HAVE TO SING THIS REALLY
HARD SONG RIGHT AFTER IT.
IT IS LIKE -- IT'S LIKE SINGING
IN LAS VEGAS AGAIN.
I'VE GOT DESERT THROAT, BUT IT'S
MUFFIN THROAT.
>> LET ME JUMP TO MADAM
SECRETARY.
FIFTH SEASON, GETTING STARTED.
>> CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?
>> NOWADAYS, BROADCAST
TELEVISION, GETTING TO A FIFTH
SEASON IS A MAGNIFICENT
ACCOMPLISHMENT.
>> IT'S WILD, IT'S WILD.
>> DID YOU KNOW -- FIRST OF ALL,
I HAVE AN INTERESTING THOUGHT.
I KNOW THAT SO MANY OF THE
PERFORMERS, AND I HAD
INTERVIEWED BEE BEE NEWWORTH
HERE.
SHE AND I TALKED ABOUT HOW MANY
ACTORS ARE LIKE YOU, MUSICAL
THEATER.
I
>> IT'S FILLED WITH THEATER
PEOPLE.
BUT HEROES OF MINE COME IN AS
GUEST STARS.
I GET THE CALL SHEET -- I WAITED
OUTSIDE A STAGE DOOR FOR YOU
WHEN I WAS 11 YEARS OLD TO GET
YOUR AUTO GRAPH.
>> STARS, THE PREMIERE, SEASON
PREMIERE, OCTOBER 7th, I
BELIEVE.
THREE FORMER ACTUAL SECRETARIES
OF STATE.
>> WE DO.
>> COLIN POWELL, HILLARY CLINTON
AND MADELINE ALLBRIGHT.
>> THEY WERE GREAT.
THEY'RE ALL FANS OF THE SHOW.
IT WAS FUNNY WATCHING THEM
IMPROV CERTAIN THINGS.
THAEL REALLY, REALLY GOOD.
>> ANY OF THEM SING AND DANCE
WITH YOU?
>> NO, THERE WERE PLENTY OF
SECRET SERVICE AROUND.
THEY WERE GREAT, COULDN'T HAVE
BEEN KINDER AND WE HAD SOME
GREAT DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THE SHOW
AND OUR CURRENT STATE OF OUR
COUNTRY.
SO IT WAS REALLY INTERESTING,
REALLY INTERESTING DAY.
>> NEXT QUESTION FOR YOU IS TELL
ME ABOUT THE CONCERT COMING UP.
>> WELL, MY NEW MUSIC COMES OUT
NEXT MONTH.
RELEASING --
>> BECAUSE YOU HAVE SO MUCH FREE
TIME.
>> WELL, EXACTLY.
I'M RELEASING SINGLES THROUGHOUT
THE REST OF THIS YEAR, STARTING
IN SEPTEMBER, AND WE'RE GOING TO
BE PREMIERING A LOT OF THE NEW
MUSIC ON SEPTEMBER 30th IN THIS
BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL NEW ROOM.
IT'S A VERY OLD ROOM, BUT IT'S
BEEN REDONE, SONY HALL ACROSS
THE STREET FROM HAMILTON.
WE'RE GOING TO BE DOING MUSIC
FROM JERSEY BOYS AND WAITRESS
AND SOME SURPRISE GUESTS.
IT WILL BE REALLY EXCITING.
>> IT WILL BE FABULOUS.
IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE.
I'VE BEEN A FAN OF A LOT OF
THINGS YOU DO.
IT'S NICE WHEN YOU GET A CHANCE
TO TALK TO SOMEBODY WHO IS
ACTUALLY AS NICE AS THEY APPEAR
TO BE.
NOT ALWAYS THE CASE, BUT IT IS
NICE.
BUT CONGRATULATIONS ON
EVERYTHING YOU'RE DOING.
IT'S A PLEASURE.
YOU BE WELL.
LOOK FORWARD TO TALKING TO YOU
AGAIN SOON.
>> A REMINDER FOR ALL OF YOU TO
SEE MORE OF ERIC BERGEN.
HE'LL BE STARRING IN "WAITRESS"
UNTIL AUGUST 12th.
AND SEE HIM ON "MADAM SECRETARY"
ON OCTOBER 7th ON CBS.

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