Seth Rudetsky

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Seth Dennis Rudetsky (born February 28, 1967) is an American musician, actor, writer, and radio host. He currently is the host of Seth's Big Fat Broadway and Seth Speaks on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio's On Broadway.[1] The show focuses on Rudetsky's knowledge of Broadway theatre history and trivia.

Early and personal life[edit]

Rudetsky grew up in North Woodmere, New York.[2] He graduated from Hewlett High School in Hewlett, New York, and Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in 1988 with a degree in Piano Performance.[3]

In 2012, Rudetsky married his partner, James Wesley.[4] They have a daughter, Julie.[5]

His brother Michael Rudetsky died at Boy George's London mansion in 1986. The cause was reportedly heroin overdose, although no drug paraphernalia was found at the scene. Michael was 27 years old and a well-respected musician in pop music circles when he died. He was a keyboardist, guitarist and writer who had worked with Cyndi Lauper, Kool & the Gang, and Joan Jett.[6]


Rudetsky was nominated for the Emmy Award three times for his work as a comedy writer for The Rosie O'Donnell Show. He was a writer for the Grammy Award shows of 1999 and 2000. Rudetsky created the opening numbers for the 1998 and 2000 Tony Awards. Rudetsky also wrote the opening number for the last seven[timeframe?] Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Easter Bonnet Competitions, and has been responsible for many of their Gypsy Of The Year shows. He wrote and performed[when?] a one-man show called "Rhapsody in Seth". He often tours with variations on his one-man show. He appeared in the Series Finale of Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.

On August 30, 2010, Rudetsky appeared with two-time Tony-winner Sutton Foster in a one-night-only concert performance of They're Playing Our Song at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater.

On June 18, 2012, Rudetsky started a website called SETH TV.[7] The site has archives of video and a $5/month subscription fee for exclusive content.

Rudetsky posts video "deconstructions" to his web site in which he deconstructs the singing voices of Broadway performers.[8] On Thursday evenings,[timeframe?] he hosts Seth's Broadway Chatterbox, a one-hour talk show, at a New York City club, Don't Tell Mama on 46th Street.


From November 27 through December 10, 2006 he starred in an Off-Off-Broadway production of Torch Song Trilogy.[9]

He appeared in the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of The Ritz from September 2007 through December 2007. Also in 2007, Rudetsky appeared as a contestant on Episode #111 of the US version of Cash Cab.[10] He also appeared in the MTV reality show Legally Blonde: The Musical – The Search for Elle Woods as a vocal coach for the contestants throughout the competition. He appeared in January 2008 in a regional production (Northport, Long Island, New York) of Lend Me a Tenor.[11]

On November 4, 2013, Disaster!, a musical comedy starring Rudetsky and written by both Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, opened Off-Broadway at the St. Luke's Theatre. The show, which parodies 1970's disaster movies, has earned largely positive reviews, with The New York Times praising its "inspired lunacy".[12] After a three-year run off-Broadway, Disaster! opened at the Nederlander Theater on Broadway in 2016.


Openly gay, Rudetsky had his short story "My First Story" included in the 2005 anthology Fresh Men 2: New Voice in Gay Fiction. The next year, his book The Q Guide to Broadway was published by Alyson Books.[13] This was followed in 2007 by the release of his novel Broadway Nights, also by Alyson Books.[14] In 2012, his first young adult novel, My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan, was published by Random House.[15] In 2015, he released a sequel, The Rise and Fall of a Theater Geek, also published by Random House.[16]


In addition to being a writer and an authority on the music of the Broadway stage, Rudetsky is also an accomplished musician. Having majored in Piano Performance at Oberlin, he has gone on to perform in a variety of shows, including accompanying Patti LuPone in concert, where he also demonstrated a talent for on-sight transposition. In addition, Rudetsky has also displayed a skill for conducting, leading the orchestra for the November 30, 2007 special performance "Light the Lights--Broadway is Back" end-of-the-strike celebration.[17]


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  2. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Rhapsody in Seth's Rudetsky Fights Back With Santorum Fund" Archived 2008-10-14 at the Wayback Machine, Playbill, May 7, 2003. Accessed September 17, 2008. "In his self-penned, one-man show directed by Peter Flynn — Rhapsody in Seth — Seth Rudetsky recalls growing up in North Woodmere, Long Island, where he was praised for his musical gifts but ridiculed for being gay."
  3. ^ Seth Rudetsky, Broadway Pianist, Takes Center Stage Alongside Broadway Divas, Icons
  4. ^ ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: Wedding Bells for Seth and James
  5. ^ Audiences Roar With Laughter for Seth Rudetsky's Disaster Movie Musical
  6. ^ "American Found Dead In Boy George's Home", The New York Times, August 7, 1986, retrieved 2007-10-28
  7. ^ About page, July 1, 2012 Archived August 28, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
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  9. ^ "Playbill News: Onstage & Backstage: The Setup", Playbill, June 4, 2007, archived from the original on February 10, 2008, retrieved 2008-01-11 Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  10. ^ article, January 21, 2008 Archived May 15, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Isherwood, Charles. "Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Relive the '70's", The New York Times, 6 November 2013. Retrieved on 20 November 2013.
  12. ^ Broadway Book of the Month: The Q Guide to Broadway by Seth Rudetsky!, May 2007, retrieved 2007-10-28
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  16. ^ article, December 3, 2007 Archived January 6, 2008, at the Wayback Machine

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