Purlie Tony Winner Heads to the Chatterbox July 17

News   Purlie Tony Winner Heads to the Chatterbox July 17 Melba Moore — who is currently performing her newest cabaret act Sundays in July at Joe's Pub — will sit down for a chat with host Seth Rudetsky at the July 17 edition of Seth’s Broadway Chatterbox.

The weekly live talkfest, 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.

Melba Moore was last on Broadway in Les Misérables portraying the ill fated Fantine in the musical that just ended its record-breaking run. A singer with a multi-octave range, Moore began her career as a back-up singer for the likes of Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick and Liza Minnelli. Her work in the original company of Hair led to her Tony-winning role in Purlie, and since then Moore has performed in concert arenas throughout the world. Her R&B hits include “I Am His Lady,” “Falling” and “Read My Lips,” which was nominated for a Grammy Award. Moore will be seen this fall in the new Paramount film “The Fighting Temptations.” That film co-stars Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beyonce Knowles.

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 Funny Girl concert to benefit the Actors Fund of America as well as last season's Dreamgirls anniversary concert. 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 is also the author and star of the one-man, GLAAD-nominated show Rhapsody in Seth, which recently reopened at the Actors Playhouse.

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.

* Tickets for Moore’s Joe's Pub concerts are available by calling (212) 239 6200 or by logging on to www.telecharge.com. Those wishing to dine before the show, should call (212) 539-8778. Joe's Pub is located within the Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street, between East 4th Street and Astor Place.