Class in Session: Rudetsky Presents Broadway 101, with Groff, McArdle and Murney, April 14

News   Class in Session: Rudetsky Presents Broadway 101, with Groff, McArdle and Murney, April 14
Seth Rudetsky's Broadway 101, a benefit for the Actors Fund of America, will be presented April 14 at New World Stages.
Jonathan Groff
Jonathan Groff

Directed by Peter Flynn, the 7 and 9:30 PM performances feature actor, musical director and columnist Rudetsky as well as Andréa Burns, Jen Cody, Jonathan Groff, Norm Lewis, Andrea McArdle, Julia Murney, Pamela Myers and Lillias White. The ensemble comprises Mathias Anderson, Nancy Braun, Isaac Calpito, Allison Carr, Kate Chapman, Christina Conners, Joshua Eckblom, Brian Golub, Frankie Grande, Emily Lockhart, Val Moranto, Jesse Nager, Naomi Naughton, Kat Nejat, Kate Pazakis, Luis Salgado Nandita Shenoy, Rickey Tripp, Jason Veasey and Chris Zelno. The performers will be backed by a full orchestra.

During the performance, Rudetsky, according to press notes, will show "what is brilliant about Broadway, how the whole thing works and why it can sometimes be a splitting headache!"

In his recent Onstage & Backstage column, Rudetsky said, "There's a section of Broadway 101 where I show the audience what a quick change is like, and last year the fabulous Natascia Diaz did it for me. Well, this year Natascia is the Spider Woman at Virginia's Signature Theater so I had to get a replacement. I wanted someone whom I was dying to hear sing Evita, and I got her….Julia Murney! Julia's joining Broadway 101, and I can't wait to hear her belt the E in 'Buenos Aires.'"

Conceived and written by Rudetsky, the Broadway 101 creative team also includes Paul Weimer and Josh Zangen (set design consultants), Jeff Croiter (lighting design consultant), Michael Growler (costume supervision), Scott Stauffer (sound design), Jeff Davolt (production stage manager), Steve Marzullo (musical direction), Jesse Vargas (orchestrations) and Devanand Janki (choreography). Tim Pinckney is the producer for the Actors Fund.

Tickets, priced $25-$150, are available by calling (212) 221-7300, ext. 133 or by e-mailing *

The Actors Fund, which was founded in 1882, is a non-profit organization that provides for the social welfare of all entertainment professionals. Some of the many programs The Actors Fund provides include a nursing home and assisted living care facility; senior and disabled programs; mental health services; chemical dependency services; entertainment industry assistance programs; the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative; the AIDS Initiative; and supportive housing on both coasts.

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