Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Will Head to the Chatterbox; Barrett Wilbert Weed and Zak Resnick Will Perform

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18 Dec 2013

Justin Paul and Benj Pasek
Justin Paul and Benj Pasek
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the Tony-nominated composing team behind A Christmas Story and Off-Broadway's Dogfight, will be the special guests at Seth's Broadway Chatterbox — hosted by Seth Rudetsky — Dec. 19.

The composers will chat with host Rudetsky about their current and upcoming musicals. They will be joined by Barrett Wilbert Weed and Zak Resnick, who will perform.

A Christmas Story was seen on Broadway last year and recently returned to the Theater at Madison Square Garden following engagements in Hartford and Boston. Dogfight premiered at Off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre in July 2012. As television songwriters, their original songs were featured on the second season of NBC’s "Smash." The duo made their debut with the song cycle Edges, which has had hundreds of productions worldwide, including South Korea, Australia, China, South Africa, Singapore, France, the Philippines, Denmark and more. Other theatrical works include James & the Giant Peach, Duck for President and If You Give a Pig a Pancake. Other TV work includes "Sesame Street" and "Johnny and the Sprites." They are currently at work on a new original musical with playwright Steven Levenson and director Michael Greif.

The weekly live talk show, which includes interviews and performances from Broadway stars, is now held at 5 PM (to accommodate 7 PM curtains) 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.

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. DVDs of the talk show are available by visiting sethrudetsky.com.



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(Seth Rudetsky has played piano in the pits of many Broadway shows including Ragtime, Grease and The Phantom of the Opera. He was the artistic producer/conductor for the first five Actors Fund concerts including Dreamgirls and Hair, which were both recorded. As a performer, he appeared on Broadway in The Ritz and on TV in "All My Children," "Law and Order C.I." and on MTV's "Made" and "Legally Blonde: The Search for the Next Elle Woods." He has written the books "The Q Guide to Broadway" and "Broadway Nights," which was recorded as an audio book on Audible.com. He is currently the afternoon Broadway host on Sirius/XM radio and tours the country doing his comedy show, "Deconstructing Broadway." He can be contacted at his website SethRudetsky.com, where he has posted many video deconstructions.)

The Chatterbox will be filmed and shown on www.SethTV.com, Seth Rudetsky’s online Entertainment Network.