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.
Ever since his first Broadway assignment, the rock musical Rent, casting agent Bernard Telsey has been the guy Broadway producers go to when a show calls for an unusual talent pool. For that long-running show, Telsey had to go outside acting circles and mine the rock and music worlds; open calls became the norm. Since then, he has found operatic singers who also looked good and could act, for Baz Luhrmann's Broadway La Boheme; employed talk show hosts, comediennes, rockers, and plain old regular actors in the Broadway revival of The Rocky Horror Show; cast many middle-aged men to play a middle-aged woman in Hairspray; snagged dozens of belting witches for Wicked; picked vine-swingers for Tarzan; and located actor-musician hyphenates for John Doyle's revivals of Sweeney Todd and Company. Simultaneously, he operated Off-Broadway's MCC Theatre, where he is co-artistic director with Robert LuPone.
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 is also now making 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.