What's That Smell Stars to Head to the Chatterbox Nov. 13

News   What's That Smell Stars to Head to the Chatterbox Nov. 13 David Pittu and Peter Bartlett, who co-star in Off-Broadway's What's That Smell: The Music of Jacob Sterling, will sit down for a chat with host Seth Rudetsky at the Nov. 13 edition of Seth's Broadway Chatterbox.
What's That Smell stars Peter Bartlett and David Pittu.
What's That Smell stars Peter Bartlett and David Pittu. Photo by Doug Hamilton

The weekly live talk show, 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 uptown transfer of Pittu's comedy with music, What's That Smell: The Music of Jacob Sterling, officially opened Nov. 9 at New World Stages. Tony Award nominee Pittu (Is He Dead?, LoveMusik) wrote, stars in and co-directed (with Neil Pepe) the spoof of modern musical theatre personalities. According to the producers, What's That Smell "is a hilarious musical parody that charts the career of eternally up-and-coming (and fictitious) musical theater composer Jacob Sterling (Pittu). A rare, up close and personal visit with an artist of questionable gifts who performs from his songbook and shares his human struggle to keep musical theater alive and well into the 21st century." Bartlett (The Frogs, The Drowsy Chaperone) plays the fawning host of a musical theatre-related talk show in which Sterling shares his trunkful of songs, and his thoughts about musicals today.

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 The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas concert to benefit the Actors' Fund of America as well as the five previous benefit concerts, Hair, Chess, Funny Girl, On the Twentieth Century 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, and his new tome — "The Q Guide to Broadway" — was published by Alyson Books. Rudetsky has been seen on "Law & Order" and "All My Children" and currently pens a weekly column for Playbill.com. He recently made his Broadway stage debut in The Ritz.

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.

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