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. Jennifer Laura Thompson received a 2002 Tony nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Hope Cladwell in the hit musical Urinetown. She also appeared in the original cast of Broadway's Footloose and the City Center Encores! production of Strike Up the Band. Off-Broadway audiences have seen the actress in Tip-Toes and A Doll's Life, and her regional credits include The Glass Menagerie, The Fantasticks and Barefoot in the Park.
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.
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.