About the evening, Rudetsky recently told Playbill.com, "I'm going to be reading the main character of Stephen, the wanna-be Broadway conductor, and Cheyenne Jackson will be playing my best friend, ironically named Jackson! Jackson is a cover for Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid. Jackson's boyfriend is a sleazy agent who's obsessed with his new iPhone and will be played by Denis O'Hare. Stephen's psycho friend, who winds up taking him to Annie to avoid the police who are stalking her, will be played Kristine Zbornik. And, Stephen's narcissistic, opera star mother will be read by Christine Ebersole.
"There will also be sassy musical performances, and after the chapter where Stephen sees Annie as an eleven-year-old and is transformed, Andrea McArdle will sing 'Maybe'!"
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.
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