Billy Elliot Star to Head to the Chatterbox Dec. 11

News   Billy Elliot Star to Head to the Chatterbox Dec. 11 Haydn Gwynne, who created the role of dance teacher Mrs. Wilkinson in the original London cast of Billy Elliot and is currently repeating her work for Broadway audiences, will sit down for a chat with host Seth Rudetsky at the Dec. 11 edition of Seth's Broadway Chatterbox.
Haydn Gwynne in Billy Elliot
Haydn Gwynne in Billy Elliot Photo by David Scheinmann

The weekly live talk show, 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.

Haydn Gwynne, who is currently making her Broadway debut in Billy Elliot — The Musical, was nominated for Olivier Awards for her performances in the London productions of Billy Elliot and City of Angels. Her many other U.K. credits include roles in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, Peer Gynt, Merry Wives of Windsor, The Way of the World and The Memory of Water. She is best known for her lead roles in the TV series "Peak Practice" and "Merseybeat." Her other screen credits include "Drop the Dead Monkey," "Dalziel and Pascoe," "Nice Work," "Rome," "The Secret" and "The Merchant of Venice."

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 The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas concert to benefit the Actors' Fund of America as well as the five previous benefit concerts, Hair, Chess, Funny Girl, On the Twentieth Century 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 published by Alyson Books. Rudetsky has been seen on "Law & Order" and "All My Children" and currently pens a weekly column for Playbill.com. He recently made his Broadway stage debut in The Ritz.

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.