Chess Reunion Featured at Oct. 23 Chatterbox

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Several of the stars of the recent, sold-out Chess benefit concert for the Actors' Fund of America, will reunite at the Oct. 23 edition of Seth's Broadway Chatterbox.

Julia Murney, Adam Pascal, Norm Lewis and Jonathan Dokuchitz, who played, respectively, Florence, Freddie, Molokov and Walter in the Chess evening, will take part in this week's live talkfest, which includes interviews and performances from Broadway stars and is held at 6 PM at the New York cabaret Don't Tell Mama. Seth Rudetsky, who hosts the weekly fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (there is a $10 donation), told Playbill On-Line, "I'm showing fabulous B-roll [Chess concert footage] plus never before seen rehearsal footage!" Chess marked the third benefit concert for the Actors' Fund of America. The series began with a Dreamgirls concert featuring the talents of Lillias White, Heather Headley and Audra McDonald. The following year's Funny Girl concert boasted a slew of Fanny Brices, including Carolee Carmello, Kristin Chenoweth, Sutton Foster, Ana Gasteyer, Whoopi Goldberg, Spencer Kayden, Jane Krakowski, Judy Kuhn, La Chanze, Ricki Lake, Andrea Martin, Idina Menzel, Julia Murney, Bebe Neuwirth and Lillias White.

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 aforementioned Chess concert as well as the two previous benefit concerts, Funny Girl 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.

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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