Entitled Deconstructing with Seth Rudetsky, the new series plays the second Monday of each month at the intimate theatre on West 54th Street. The second installment, Deconstructing with Seth Rudetsky: The Tony Awards, will feature the comedic actor analyzing past Tony Awards programs.
Rudetsky told Playbill On-Line, "I'm dissecting vintage Tony Awards footage with my keen eye and scathing words! Watch the panicked eyes of Broadway divas forgetting lyrics, see Eponine's lip caught on Marius' shirt, cringe as a chorus boy gets glared at by Vicki Lewis for blatant upstaging." Theatregoers will also witness rare bonus footage of Academy Award winner Cher performing songs from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story. Says Rudetsky, "[Cher does] the whole show, all the songs playing every role! She plays Maria and Anita (split screen) and then drag king style, Tony, the Sharks and the Jets!"
Upcoming programs in the series will include Deconstructing with Seth Rudetsky: Barbra Streisand and Deconstructing with Seth Rudetsky: Pageants.
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 Chess concert to benefit the Actors' Fund of America as well as the two previous benefit concerts, Funny Girl 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.
The Ars Nova Theatre is located at 511 West 54th Street. Tickets for the 9:30 PM show are priced at $12 and are available by calling (212) 868 4444 or by visiting www.smarttix.com. Doors open at 9 PM.