Deconstructing Patti, An Evening of Broadway Songs and Stories with Patti LuPone and Seth Rudetsky, to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will be presented May 14 at 8 PM at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street, NYC), currently home to the new musical War Paint, starring two-time Tony winners LuPone and Christine Ebersole.
For the first time in New York City, Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Award winner LuPone will revisit some of her iconic roles, and Rudetsky, the host of Seth’s Big Fat Broadway on SiriusXM, will deconstruct them. After acclaimed performances together across the U.S. and in London, this unscripted evening will include stories LuPone hasn’t talked about anywhere else and would share only at the prompting of Rudetsky.
The evening is produced by Broadway Cares in association with Mark Cortale.
A six-time Tony nominee, LuPone won Tonys as Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Madame Rose in the most recent Broadway production of Gypsy and for her turn as Eva Peron in the original Evita. In London, she originated the role of Fantine in Les Miserables, first with the Royal Shakespeare Company, followed by a run on the West End. LuPone won an Olivier Award for her performance, as well as for her performance the same season in the Acting Company’s production of The Cradle Will Rock. Her extensive television and film credits include recent appearances on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Penny Dreadful, Girls, American Horror Story: Coven, and opposite Robert DeNiro and Danny DeVito in The Comedian. A founding member of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School and John Houseman’s The Acting Company, she is the author of The New York Times bestseller Patti LuPone: A Memoir.
Rudetsky is the afternoon Broadway host on SiriusXM Radio. He co-wrote and co-starred in last season’s Disaster! on Broadway. He and his husband, James Wesley, co-produce and co-host the monthly charity fundraiser Concert for America, was a co-producer on the Broadway for Orlando recording of “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” and is co-producer of Voices for the Voiceless, his and his husband’s annual foster care event on Broadway. As a writer, he’s been nominated for three Emmys for comedy writing on The Rosie O’Donnell Show and is the author of My Awesome Awful Popularity Plan and The Rise and Fall of a Theater Geek.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $285 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.
Tickets are available at BroadwayCares.org or by calling (212) 840-0770, ext. 229. Prices start at $95.
Rudetsky is also the entertainment director and musical director for Playbill Travel's star-studded Playbill Cruises. Playbill’s inaugural river cruise along the Rhône River in May 2017 is sold out, but cabins are available for the Rhine River cruise in August 2017, featuring Rudetsky, Andréa Burns, Faith Prince, Terrence Mann, Charlotte d’Amboise, Santino Fontana, and more exciting talent to be announced. Click here to learn more about the upcoming destination cruises and the Broadway talent already on board.
Check out photos from LuPone's award-winning career below: