Billed as "a lesson in belting, divas and hostile opinions," the 8 PM event will boast the talents of Norm Lewis, Laura Benanti, Manoel Felciano, Pamela Myers and Charles Busch. The performers will be backed by a 25-piece orchestra.
The evening, according to press notes, promises to answer these age-old questions: Who are "swings" and what do they do? What was the most brilliantly orchestrated Sondheim song? When do actors find time to change costumes so fast? Why [are] Broadway musicals amazing (yet sometimes incredibly headache inducing)? How could Lauren Bacall win the Tony if she's a bass?
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 On the Twentieth Century concert to benefit the Actors' Fund of America as well as the four previous benefit concerts, Hair, Chess, Funny Girl and Dreamgirls. 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. He was also the author and star of the recent one man, GLAAD nominated show Rhapsody in Seth, and his new tome — "The Q Guide to Broadway" — was just published by Alyson Books.
Tickets, priced $20, $40 and $65, are available by calling (212) 279-4200 or by visiting www.ticketcentral.com. VIP tickets, priced $150, include a pre-show reception with the cast and are available by calling (212) 840-0770, ext. 268
* Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the nation’s largest industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization. Since its founding in 1988 the organization has distributed over $100 million for services for people with AIDS, HIV or HIV-related illnesses. For more information visit the BC/EFA website at www.bcefa.org or call (212) 840-0770.