Ashmanskas, who is currently in rehearsals for the upcoming revival of Gypsy starring Bernadette Peters, will sit down for a chat with Seth Rudetsky at the weekly Chatterbox festivities. The 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. Brooks Ashmanskas will play the roles of Mr. Goldstone and Pastey in the Gypsy revival, which begins previews at the Shubert Theatre March 31 prior to an official opening May 1. The actor's other Broadway credits include Little Me, Dream, How To Succeed in Business without Really Trying and the City Center Encores! presentation of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. Off-Broadway, Ashmanskas appeared in Wise Guys, Labor Day, Fit to Be Tied, Songs for a New World, London Suite, It Changes Every Year, Tonight at 8:30, Fair Fight and The Holy Terror.
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 will reopen at the Actors Playhouse Feb. 28.
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.