All stories by Seth Rudetsky on BroadwayStars

Monday, June 18, 2018

How Do You Cover Up Falling Asleep on a Broadway Stage While Holding an Accordion? by Seth Rudetsky

This week in the life of Seth Rudetsky, Seth shares some classic onstage mishaps and antics from Anne L. Nathan and Harvey Fierstein.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

3 Tony Awards Mishaps You Can Never Forget by Seth Rudetsky

This week in the life of Seth Rudetsky, Seth shares backstage stories of past Tony performances gone wrong for Tituss Burgess and more!

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Crazy Story of How Terrence Mann Became Broadway’s Original Rum Tum Tugger by Seth Rudetsky

This week in the life of Seth Rudetsky, Seth tells tales from Disaster! in Connecticut, Terrence Mann’s career backstory, and more.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Idina Menzel Turned the Tables and Deconstructed Seth Rudetsky! by Seth Rudetsky

This week in the life of Seth Rudetsky, watch Menzel belt it out at her fundraiser, plus secrets from Seth’s interview with Tina Fey about Mean Girls on Broadway, and more.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

What Did Jerry Mitchell Say to Lauren Bacall When She Yelled at Him Backstage? by Seth Rudetsky

This week in the life of Seth Rudetsky, Seth shares stories from Ahrens and Flaherty as well as Leonard Bernstein’s daughter, Jamie.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Lifetime Achievement Tony Recipient Chita Rivera Isn’t Slowing Down by Seth Rudetsky

This week in the life of Seth Rudetsky, Seth shares stories from his concerts with Rivera, plus backstage goodies from Tony-winning director Michael Mayer on his latest project.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Why Mean Girls’ Barrett Wilbert Weed Uses Her Full Name by Seth Rudetsky

This week in the life of Seth Rudetsky, Seth shares tales from his interviews with Weed and Rodgers and Hammerstein expert Todd Purdum from Seth Speaks, plus what critics said about now-clas…

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

When Andrew Lloyd Webber Had to Ask Sunset Boulevard’s John Barrowman Not to Do ‘That Thing’ Onstage... by Seth Rudetsky

This week in the life of Seth Rudetsky, Seth shares tales from his concerts with Barrowman, including onstage pranks he pulled during Sunset and Phantom of the Opera.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

How John McCrea Went From Unknown to Olivier-Nominated Star by Seth Rudetsky

This week in the life of Seth Rudetsky, Seth tells of his London theatre recs and the story from his interview with Everybody’s Talking About Jamie star John McCrea.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

How a Missed Sound Cue in Kiss of the Spider Woman Stopped a Murder by Seth Rudetsky

This week in the life of Seth Rudetsky, Vanessa Williams shares details of her mishap in Spider Woman, plus how the duo’s hiking trip nearly turned into Seth’s Disaster!.

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Jesus Christ Superstar’s Norm Lewis Was Almost an Ad Executive by Seth Rudetsky

This week in the life of Seth Rudetsky, Seth reveals how Forbidden Broadway became an Off-Broadway hit and how Norm Lewis became an actor.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

How a Feminist Comedian Invented The Daily Show by Seth Rudetsky

This week in the life of Seth Rudetsky, Seth shares crazy origin stories of Forever Plaid, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, and Broadway’s Funny Girl.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

What Famous Song From Annie Was Originally Written for a Scene Change? by Seth Rudetsky

This week in the life of Seth Rudetsky, Seth shares concert highlights from gigs with Jeremy Jordan, Christine Ebersole, and more—plus secrets from the original Annie.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

What Went Wrong the First Time Patti LuPone Performed Gypsy? by Seth Rudetsky

This week in the life of Seth Rudetsky, Seth takes a trip across the world to see one special play, plus the story of the Gypsy character LuPone played before Mama Rose—and what went a…

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Which Merrily We Roll Along Actor Nearly Missed Out on Her Big Break? by Seth Rudetsky

Timing was everything when it came to these Broadway actors booking some of their biggest roles.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

What Plot-Spoiling Mistake Did Keala Settle Make During Her Broadway Principal Debut? by Seth Rudetsky

This week in the life of Seth Rudetsky, Seth shares an onstage mishap from Keala Settle, plus behind-the-scenes stories from Hairspray and Celebrity Big Brother star Marissa Jaret Winokur.

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Friday, March 2, 2018

How Rachel Bay Jones Made It Into Hair’s Famous Nude Scene for One Performance by Seth Rudetsky

This week in the life of Seth Rudetsky, Seth reveals the change made for Hair’s final performance, how Liz Callaway’s now-husband used her Broadway show to win her over, and what…

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Monday, February 26, 2018

The Joke That Won Patti LuPone the Part in Anything Goes by Seth Rudetsky

This week in the life of Seth Rudetsky, Seth tells tales from his gig with Patti LuPone and reveals on-set secrets of Will & Grace from Sean Hayes.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

How Jan Maxwell Thought Her Career Was Over—and Then Got Cast in Parade by Seth Rudetsky

This week in the life of Seth Rudetsky, Seth remembers the late Jan Maxwell’s stories of Follies, Annie, Parade, and more.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

How Stephen Sondheim Came to Love Liz Callaway’s Voice by Seth Rudetsky

This week in the life of Seth Rudetsky, Seth shares stories from his two Playbill Travel Reunion Weekend concerts with Liz Callaway and Lillias White.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

What Is the 1 Change Kelli O’Hara Wants to Make for King And I in the West End? by Seth Rudetsky

This week in the life of Seth Rudetsky, Seth talks about his recent concerts with Tony winner O’Hara, plus a look at high school stagings of Disaster! across the country.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Why Was the Funniest Song in La Cage aux Folles Cut in Boston? by Seth Rudetsky

This week, Seth gets the inside scoop on the creation of the hit Jerry Herman musical.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Is Broadway Next for The Voice Season 1 Winner Javier Colon? by Seth Rudetsky

This week in the life of Seth Rudetsky, Seth chats with Javier Colon about how his audition for The Voice almost didn’t happen—plus an amahzing Dear Evan Hansen fan video.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Why Did Jeremy Jordan Sing Naked on a Broadway Stage? by Seth Rudetsky

This week in the life of Seth Rudetsky, Seth shares highlights and stories from his concert with the original Newsies star—plus a lookback at Obsessed! with Keala Settle.

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

How Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty Became an Acclaimed Songwriting Team by Seth Rudetsky

The origin story of the Tony-winning partnership that brought Broadway Ragtime, Anastasia, Once On This Island, and more.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Why Seth Rudetsky Is So Excited to Perform With Newsies’ Jeremy Jordan by Seth Rudetsky

This week in the life of Seth Rudetsky, Seth shares highlights from the final Concert for America of 2017, plus what to expect from his upcoming show with Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Who Was the ‘Zen Master’ Able Calm Down the Legendary Elaine Stritch? by Seth Rudetsky

This week in the life of Seth Rudetsky, Seth announces the lineup for this week’s Concerts for America, and his Seth Speaks guest shares stories about Stritch!

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Why Did Deborah Cox Basically Rewrite Elton John’s Score to Aida One Night? by Seth Rudetsky

This week in the life of Seth Rudetsky, Seth reveals how the Grammy nominee and co-star Eric LaJuan Summers’ onstage singing competition led to disaster, plus a Chanukah deconstruction.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

How Seth Rudetsky Calmed Hamilton’s Javier Muñoz at Gypsy of the Year by Seth Rudetsky

This week in the life of Seth Rudetsky, Seth shares how he quieted Muñoz’s nerves, reveals photos from Broadway celebrity game night, and more.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

What Happened at Corey Cott’s Worst Audition Ever? by Seth Rudetsky

This week in the life of Seth Rudetsy, Seth remembers a hilarious mishap with Daniel Radcliffe at a past Gypsy of the Year, interviews Corey Cott, and more.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

How a Trip to London Led to Fran Drescher’s Hit The Nanny by Seth Rudetsky

This week in the life of Seth Rudetsky, Seth prepares for the November 27 Concert for America, learns how The Nanny came to be, and celebrates Seth’s Broadway Diary Volume 3 with Broad…

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