Danielle Ferland, who starred in the original productions of Sunday in the Park with George and Into the Woods, will be Seth Rudetsky's special guest at the July 11 edition of "Seth's Broadway Chatterbox."
The weekly talkfest, which includes interviews and a performance 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.
Ferland, who created the role of Little Red Ridinghood in the original Broadway cast of Into the Woods, will discuss her time in that Stephen Sondheim musical as well as her various stage and film roles. One of the highlights of the weekly "Chatterbox" series is the screening of the performer's most embarrassing moment caught on film. Past "Chatterbox" guests have included Tony winner Betty Buckley, Side Show stars Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner, Broadway belter Lillias White and director Walter Bobbie.
In addition to her roles in Sunday in the Park with George and Into the Woods, Danielle Ferland has been seen onstage in A Visit from the Footbinder, The Wizard of Oz, A Little Hotel on the Side, The Crucible, A Little Night Music, Uncommon Women and Others, Camp Paradox and Paradise. Her TV and film credits include "Radio Days," "Mighty Aphrodite" and the PBS/American Playhouse production of "Into the Woods."
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 Dreamgirls concert to benefit the Actors Fund of America and is currently working on their staging of Funny Girl. Rudetsky was a member of the comedy writing team for "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" for two years, and he currently stars in his own one-man show, Rhapsody in Seth, at the Ars Nova Theater. His awards include the Duplex's Stars of Tomorrow, the Backstage Bistro and the Funniest Gay Male in New York. 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. Video tapes of past "Chatterbox" events are available by going to www.geocities.com/broadwaychatterbox.
—By Andrew Gans