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.
The Secret Garden — which will benefit The Joey DePaolo AIDS Foundation and Camp TLC — will be presented at 7 PM Dec. 5 at Manhattan Center Studios Grand Ballroom, 311 W. 34th Street. The cast includes Michael Arden as Dickon, Laura Benanti as Lily, Celia Keenan-Bolger as Martha, David Canary as Ben, Sara Gettelfinger as Rose, Max Von Essen as Albert, Steven Pasquale as Archibald Craven, Will Chase as Dr. Neville Craven, Jenny Powers as Claire, Deborah S. Craig as Alice, Matt Cavenaugh as Lieutenant Shaw, Ben Magnuson as Major Holmes, Shonn Wiley as Lieutenant Wright, Barbara Rosenblat as Mrs. Medlock, Reshma Shetty as the Ayah, Nehal Joshi as the Fakir, Struan Erlenborn as Colin Craven and Jaclyn Neidenthal as Mary Lennox. Tickets are scaled from $50-$150 and are available by calling TicketCentral.com at (212) 279-4200.
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 On the Twentieth Century concert to benefit the Actors' Fund of America as well as the four previous benefit concerts, Hair, Chess, 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.
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.