Original Les Miserables Star Frances Ruffelle Will Head to the Chatterbox

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15 May 2013

Frances Ruffelle
Frances Ruffelle

Tony Award winner Frances Ruffelle, who created the role of Eponine in the London and Broadway productions of Les Miserables, will be the special guest at Seth's Broadway Chatterbox — hosted by Seth Rudetsky — May 16.

Ruffelle, as previously reported, will offer a concert at the new Manhattan nightspot 54 Below May 22. Her many stage appearances include Dinah in Trevor Nunn’s Starlight Express, Yonah in the original West End production of Children of Eden, Roxie Hart in Chicago and, most recently, the title role in Piaf. She also made a cameo appearance in the "Les Misérables" film.

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.