Having heard that Seth Rudetsky was returning to Leicester Square Theatre for one night only on Sunday 10 August with his one-man show Seth Rudetsky Deconstructing Broadway, our contributor Michael Darvell couldn’t wait to ask him a few questions. But Rudetsky hasn’t answered them in the old-fashioned way of dropping us an email. Oh no, he has responded with an exclusive video message for Musical Theatre Review readers and viewers, even illustrating his answers with some excerpts from musicals along the way. Just watch him in action via www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ONIWiEgaWc.
A self-confessed walking-talking Broadway search engine who lives and breathes the Great White Way, Rudetsky describes himself as a “combination obsessive fan and insider” (‘insider’ meaning that he gets to work with some of the people he is stalking!).
During the video he recalls how much Broadway theatre was part of his life growing up, and how obsessed he became – at the age of seven – with The Pajama Game. Asked about productions he has appeared in, Rudetsky also reveals his affection for shows which are both incredibly funny and incredibly moving, suggesting Torch Song Trilogy and They’re Playing Our Song as examples.
Other highlights are hearing Rudetsky refining his audition song – ‘Ooh My Feet’ from The Most Happy Fella – even at the age of three, and discovering why he defends the score for the musical Carrie, often dismissed as awful, but Rudetsky demonstrates why it cannot be underestimated.
A musician, stand-up comic, actor, writer, and radio host, Rudetsky’s career includes performing on Broadway, writing three books, penning a weekly Playbill.com column, and playing piano in more than a dozen hit musicals, including Ragtime, Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera.
In Seth Rudetsky Deconstructing Broadway, this multitalented performer gives an insightful, affectionate and, above all, hysterical take on some of the greatest musical theatre moments of all time using his encyclopedic knowledge of Broadway theatre history and his personal audio and video collection.
When Rudetsky made his West End debut last year, Musical Theatre Review’s Scott Matthewman wrote: “Ultimately, this show is about finding brilliance in the superb, and revelling in the car crashes when they happen. That Deconstructing Broadway would not find itself in the latter category was not in doubt: that it ends up being a truly ‘Ah-MAH-zing’ piece of stand-up comedy, and a celebration of musical theatre to boot, is nothing short of brilliant.”
Best known to US audiences as the daily Broadway host of Sirius/XM radio, he has also been nominated for a Grammy Award – for his recording of the musical Hair – and was three times nominated for an Emmy Award – for his writing on The Rosie O’Donnell Show, as well as winning the title ‘Funniest Gay Male in New York’ for his stand-up comedy.
His critically acclaimed musical Disaster!, which hilariously pays homage to classic disaster movies using 1970s hit songs, is slated to open on Broadway in the 2014-2015 season. Seth Rudetsky Deconstructing Broadway is produced by Mark Cortale in association with Martin Witts for Leicester Squatre Theatre.
Rudetsky is posting a daily video deconstruct ahead of his West End return to Leicester Square Theatre on Sunday 10 August.
* Watch him answer questions exclusively for Musical Theatre Review via www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ONIWiEgaWc.
* Find more information about Seth Rudetsky Deconstructing Broadway at the Leicester Square Theatre on Sunday 10 August – www.leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873518208/events.