They’re taking it all off on Broadway, but John Ellison Conlee and Patrick Wilson are more likely to be “put on” when they visit Seth Rudetsky’s weekly New York City cabaret show, “Seth’s Broadway Chatterbox,” Dec. 7. Rudetsky, a comedian and writer for Rosie O'Donnell's TV show, hosts his variety show -- the press materials call it a combination of "Mike Douglas, Dr. Seuss and Pee Wee Herman" -- every Thursday at 6 PM at Don’t Tell Mama. There's a 2-drink minimum, but the $10 cover charge is donated to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Wilson and Conlee play the pals at the heart of The Full Monty, with Wilson the divorced dad organizing a strip show to raise custody money, and Conlee as his overweight, equally-unemployed friend with marital troubles. Wilson’s previous credits include The Gershwins’ Fascinating Rhythm and Bright Lights, Big City; Conlee was featured in the revival of 1776.
For information on "Seth's Broadway Chatterbox" at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, call (212) 757-0788. You can also check their website at : http://www.geocities.com/broadwaychatterbox.
Previous guests on "Chatterbox" have included Mary Testa, Andrea Martin, Faith Prince, Terrence Mann, Marin Mazzie, Kristin Chenoweth, Roger Bart, Bebe Neuwirth, Graciela Daniele, Bryan Batt, Barbara Walsh and Norm Lewis.
Upcoming Chatterbox chattees are:
Dec. 14: Penny Fuller, John Ritter and Henry Winkler (all from The Dinner Party.
These days, host Rudetsky is also getting to shift the spotlight to himself, Saturday nights starting Dec 2. His autobiographical one-man show, Rhapsody in Seth, plays at OOB’s HERE. Paul Castree directs this look at “childhood...growing up lauded for my musical talent and hated for being gay.” For tickets and information on the 11 PM show, every Saturday in December, call (212) 647-0202.
— By David Lefkowitz