Seth Welcomes Seff to the Chatterbox Feb. 19

News   Seth Welcomes Seff to the Chatterbox Feb. 19
Actor-playwright-agent Richard Seff will sit down for a chat with host Seth Rudetsky at the Feb. 19 edition of Seth's Broadway Chatterbox.

The weekly live talk show, which includes interviews and performances from Broadway stars, is held at 6 PM 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.

Richard Seff, who was an actor between the ages of 19 and 25, became an agent in the television department of the Liebling Wood agency, and eventually represented such musical theatre names as Chita Rivera, John Kander, Fred Ebb, Ron Field, Clark Gesner, Nancy Dussault and Linda Lavin in the 1960s and 1970s, first working with MCA and then in his own agency, Hesseltine Bookman Seff (HBS) in 1962; HBS was sold to CMA in 1969.

Seff returned to acting "in mid-life, in 1974-75," he previously told Playbill On-Line. As a playwright, his Paris Is Out!, starring Sam Levene, was produced on Broadway in 1970. In 2003 he endowed an award in his name to be given to a mature character actress and actor every season in New York City.

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 recent all-star The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas concert to benefit the Actors' Fund of America as well as the five previous benefit concerts, Hair, Chess, Funny Girl, On the Twentieth Century 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, and his new tome — "The Q Guide to Broadway" — was published by Alyson Books. Rudetsky has been seen on "Law & Order" and "All My Children" and currently pens a weekly column for He made his Broadway stage debut in The Ritz.

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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