The guests for the October editions of Seth's Broadway Chatterbox are lining up.
Shoshana Bean, who portrays Shelley in the hit Broadway musical Hairspray, will chat with Rudetsky on Oct. 10; Len Cariou, who stars as Robert in the Tony-winning Proof at the Walter Kerr Theatre, will be Rudetsky's guest on Oct. 17; and former Titanic and Sweet Smell of Success actor Brian d'Arcy James is scheduled for Oct. 24.
The weekly live talkfest, which includes interviews and performances from Broadway stars, is held at 6 PM at the New York cabaret Don't Tell Mama. There is a $10 donation and a two-drink minimum. The donation goes directly to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the nation's leading industry-based, not-for-profit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization.
Shoshana Bean is currently making her Broadway debut in Hairspray. She starred in the national tour of Leader of the Pack and in the Off Broadway revival of Godspell; she can be heard on the cast recording of the latter. Bean also took part in Michael Jackson's 30th anniversary concert and is a member of the Broadway Inspirational Voices.
A Tony Award winner for his work in Sweeney Todd, Len Cariou's Broadway credits are numerous. They include The House of Arteus, King Henry V, Applause, Night Watch, A Little Night Music, Don't Call Back, Cold Storage, Dance a Little Closer, Teddy & Alice, The Speed of Darkness and The Dinner Party. Brian d'Arcy James received a Tony nomination last season for his work in the short-lived musical Sweet Smell of Success. His other Broadway credits include the Tony-winning musical Titanic and the Tony-winning revival of Carousel.
Creator and host of Seth's Broadway Chatterbox, Seth Rudetsky has served as a pit pianist and/or conductor for such Broadway shows as 42nd Street, The Full Monty, The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia! and The Producers. He also conceived the idea for the recent all-star Funny Girl concert to benefit the Actors Fund of America as well as last season's Dreamgirls anniversary concert. Rudetsky was a member of the comedy writing team for "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" for two years, and his awards include the Duplex's Stars of Tomorrow, the Backstage Bistro and the Funniest Gay Male in New York.
Don't Tell Mama is located in New York City on West 46th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues. Call (212) 757-0788 for reservations.
—By Andrew Gans