John Hoglund of Back Stage called Seth Rudetsky a "terrifically talented wild man with a mischievous grin." Rudetsky, who is the assistant conductor for the current Broadway incarnation of Grease!, can be found every Saturday night at Rose's Turn in New York's Greenwich Village, performing his one-man stand-up show. Rudetsky may be one of the best-kept secrets on the cabaret circuit, although his popularity has been growing steadily, winning two major awards in the past few years: the grand prize in the Duplex's "Stars of Tomorrow" contest and the "Funniest Gay Male in New York" at Stand-Up New York.
In his show Rudetsky pokes fun at some Broadway performers, including his own version of Brooke Shields' audition for Grease! His act also spotlights two guest performers each week, including such Broadway performers as Ric Ryder from Grease! and Jason Opsahl from the recent Once Upon a Mattress. And, you might just spot a few familiar faces in the audience: Some of the personalities who have been spotted at Rudetsky's show include Malcolm Gets and Tony winners Betty Buckley (for whom Rudetsky is rehearsal pianist) and William Finn.
Back Stage also raved that Rudetsky's "about as raucous and unpredictable as anyone in the major comedy clubs. He's wildly funny, with hyperkinetic quips that floored me and the rest of the room."
Rose's Turn is located at 55 Grove Street. For ticket information and reservations, call 212-366-5438.
-- By Andrew Gans