Deconstructing Patti, An Evening of Broadway Songs and Stories with Patti LuPone and Seth Rudetsky, to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, was presented September 24; the celebratory concert concluded the 31st Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction.
The one-night-only event, originally set for May 14, was be held 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. Both were Tony-nominated for their performances.
Flip through photos of backstage below:
Exclusive: Backstage at Deconstructing Patti With Patti LuPone, Tina Fey, and More
For the first time in New York City, Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Award winner LuPone revisited some of her iconic roles, and Rudetsky—the host of Seth’s Big Fat Broadway on SiriusXM—deconstructed them. After acclaimed performances together across the U.S. and in London, this unscripted evening included stories LuPone hasn’t talked about anywhere else and would share only at the prompting of Rudetsky.
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.
Rudetsky is also the entertainment director and musical director for Playbill Travel's star-studded Playbill Cruises. Click here to learn more about the upcoming destination cruises and the Broadway talent already on board.