All stories by Seth Rudetsky on BroadwayStars

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

The Time Seth Got Betty Buckley, Patti LuPone, and Jennifer Holliday to Open the Tonys by Seth Rudetsky

Seth deconstructs the Writers Guild of America's strike and shares when Leopoldstadt's Joshua Malina's on-set pranks backfired.

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:32PM
Friday, May 5, 2023

Why My Vocal Arrangements are Left Out of Broadway-Bound Harmony (It's OK, Though!) by Seth Rudetsky

Seth shares the Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman musical's long journey to the stage.

SOURCE: Playbill at 05:12PM
Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Which Phantom Record Did Ramin Karimloo Set Out to Break? by Seth Rudetsky

Plus, how Seth caused a disaster in Phantom's Broadway pit and Hal Prince's plan to keep George Lee Andrews performing in the musical for twenty years.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:06AM
Wednesday, April 12, 2023

The Travel Mistake that Led NaTasha Yvette Williams to Owe All Shook Up Thousands of Dollars by Seth Rudetsky

Plus, the foolproof way to go from touring to Broadway stardom, and how Seth's audiobook recording is going.

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:32PM
Friday, March 24, 2023

The Surprising Thing Ramin Karimloo Didn't Know About Funny Girl by Seth Rudetsky

Plus, how the producers of How to Succeed in Business cost Megan Mullally a Tony nomination and where in the world you can see Seth in concert next.

SOURCE: Playbill at 05:06PM
Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Why Carol Burnett Wants a Broadway Theatre to Be Named After Hal Prince by Seth Rudetsky

Plus, Judy Kuhn and Rachel Bay Jones cause a stir in Mexico and where you can order Seth's upcoming book, Musical Theatre For Dummies.

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:15PM
Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Why Bob Fosse Told Chita Rivera She Had to Nail Her Sweet Charity Dance Moves Every Time by Seth Rudetsky

Plus, all the drama that followed Seth and James on their latest cruise—from disastrous doggie digestion to performer passport panic!

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:03PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Sondheim Almost Cut 'You Could Drive a Person Crazy' From Company. Donna McKechnie Saved It by Seth Rudetsky

Also in this week's column, Seth Rudetsky celebrates Chita Rivera's birthday and Jessie Mueller reveals why she was a real mood-killer during curtain call for Beautiful.

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:09PM
Friday, January 13, 2023

Did You Know 'Nothing' Was Almost Cut From A Chorus Line? by Seth Rudetsky

Seth remembers his friend, legendary Broadway conductor Donald Pippin, and shares an important message from Mary Lee Marson Aloia.

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:58PM
Thursday, December 29, 2022

How Ron Dennis Helped Michael Bennett Write a Song for A Chorus Line by Seth Rudetsky

Seth Rudetsky reflects on his friendship with Dennis, an original company member in A Chorus Line who recently passed away.

SOURCE: Playbill at 05:54PM
Tuesday, December 20, 2022

The Skin-Shivering Prank Hugh Panaro Pulled on the Phantom Broadway Stage by Seth Rudetsky

Plus, why Marc Shaiman roasted Seth's jokes and what Seth really thought of A Beautiful Noise.

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:32PM
Friday, December 2, 2022

Why Michael Airington Pretended to Be a Born-Again Christian by Seth Rudetsky

Plus, what really healed Seth Rudetsky after his hernia operation and where you can see him live this month.

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:48PM
Friday, November 11, 2022

How Jim Borstelmann's Ann Reinking Obsession Nearly Cost Him an Audition by Seth Rudetsky

Plus, Charlotte d’Amboise shares when she totally wigged out on stage and why being on Broadway made Andrea McArdle completely uncool in school.

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:18PM
Friday, October 28, 2022

How Lillias White's Make Out Dream Finally Came True by Seth Rudetsky

Plus, why Javier Muñoz nearly said no to the role that took him to Broadway and who Seth has next in his concert series.

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:55PM
Monday, October 24, 2022

How Christopher Sieber Bloodied the Stage During an Into the Woods Performance by Seth Rudetsky

Plus, how Chris saved Seth at sea and why Jen Colella had to leave him stranded.

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:19PM
Sunday, October 16, 2022

Remembering Angela Lansbury by Seth Rudetsky

Seth recounts the absolutely thrilling experience of conducting Angela for the 2007 Broadway's Back! celebratory concert.

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:43AM
Friday, September 30, 2022

How Betty Buckley Sang Her Way from the Pageant Stage to Broadway by Seth Rudetsky

Plus, which Jonas brother has a Broadway 'Chip' on his shoulder and what childhood audition trick of Seth's really backfired.

SOURCE: Playbill at 02:19PM
Wednesday, September 21, 2022

What Jane Krakowski-Gavin Creel Dance Move Did They Dub the 'Still Got It'? by Seth Rudetsky

Plus, Seth shares other hilarious highlights from his concert with Jane and spills which surgery made Lena Hall's voice "a million times better."

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:33PM
Friday, September 2, 2022

Remembering Robert LuPone by Seth Rudetsky

Seth recounts the clever tricks Bob pulled to keep his Chorus Line costars on their toes. Plus, Audra McDonald and Michael Cerveris reveal the songs and entire scores they've completely forg…

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:33PM
Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Which Part of Jane Krakowski's Sexy Nine Number Never Got Rehearsed? by Seth Rudetsky

Plus, which of the actor's secret talents inspired Tommy Tune and how Tommy's mother saved an entire number.

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:12PM
Friday, August 5, 2022

Why Bob Fosse Held a 20-Year Grudge Against Donna McKechnie by Seth Rudetsky

Plus, which parts of Donna's life inspired A Chorus Line and what happened when she stood up to Hal Prince.

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:54AM
Tuesday, July 26, 2022

What Sign from the Theatre Gods Told Liz Callaway to Join Miss Saigon by Seth Rudetsky

Plus, how Sebastian Arcelus scored five free tickets to Barbra Streisand's concert.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:48AM
Tuesday, July 19, 2022

What Stephanie J. Block Lied About To Kickstart Her Career by Seth Rudetsky

Plus, how Christy Altomare set her mind for success and what Seth though of London's Best Musical Back to the Future.

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:33PM
Monday, July 11, 2022

How Victoria Clark Finally Got Stephen Sondheim's Approval by Seth Rudetsky

Plus, who snatched a role in Sunday in the Park with George out from under her and how she broke free from being stuck in understudy roles.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:54AM
Friday, July 1, 2022

That Time When Liberace Annoyed Andrea McArdle with a Recycled Birthday Gift by Seth Rudetsky

Plus, how Victoria Clark's son disrupted her Broadway performance and why James Monroe Iglehart's rejection led to his biggest break on Broadway.

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:03PM
Wednesday, June 8, 2022

How Six: The Musical Began It's Reign by Seth Rudetsky

Seth recounts a conversation with Lucy Moss and Toby Marlow on the fan-favorite musical's journey from page to worldwide stage.

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:54PM
Friday, May 20, 2022

That One Time Ana Gasteyer's SNL Quick Change Went Hilariously Wrong by Seth Rudetsky

Plus, Seth recaps his travels around the country and reminisces on his past interviews with Tony winners.

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:18PM
Wednesday, May 11, 2022

That Time Sutton Foster and Jennifer Simard Experienced Major In-Flight Turbulence by Seth Rudetsky

Plus, Seth shares his joy for this year's Tony nominees and tells the tale of how Grease almost wasn't eligible for any Tony Awards.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:18AM
Friday, April 29, 2022

That Time Jason Graae Outsmarted Thommie Walsh During a Dance Call by Seth Rudetsky

Seth also shares how Grainne Renihan terrified London tourists and what awoke Chris Fitzgerald during his honeymoon.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:18PM
Tuesday, April 19, 2022

That Time Tom Hanks Saved Katie Finneran From On-Set Embarassment by Seth Rudetsky

This week, Seth shares Tony Awards memories.

SOURCE: Playbill at 02:42PM
Friday, April 8, 2022

Ruthie Ann Miles Wanted Her Tony Award to be a Bathroom Keychain by Seth Rudetsky

This week, Seth travels to Los Angeles to perform with Kelli O'Hara and dine with Ruthie Ann Miles and MaryAnn Hu.

SOURCE: Playbill at 02:33PM

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