RHAPSODY IN SETH chronicles the trials and tribulations (emphasis on trials!) of growing-up-a-musical-theater-lover in Hewlett, Long Island. Writer/performer Seth Rudetsky takes audiences on a musical journey from his early days as a young piano star, to his musings on favorite divas and first-ladies of the stage, to run-ins with the school bully and a barely-averted lawsuit with Hewlett High School over a nasty quip immortalized in print in the school yearbook!
In his young yet very successful career as a pit pianist and conductor, Seth Rudetsky has tickled the ivories for more than 15 Broadway shows. He currently subs for 42nd Street, The Full Monty, Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia! and The Producers. He was assistant conductor for Grease! and Victor/Victoria. More recently, Seth conceived the idea for the Dreamgirls 20th Anniversary Concert with Lillias White, Audra MacDonald and Heather Headley. He acted as artistic producer as well as conductor and musical director. The event raised $1,000,000 for The Actor?s Fund and was recorded on Nonesuch Records.
Up next year for Seth and The Actor's Fund: Funny Girl, with Megan Mullally, Lillias White, Audra MacDonald, Ana Gasteyer, Jane Krakowski and Kristin Chenoweth, among others! For two years, Seth was a member of the three-time Emmy-nominated comedy writing team for The Rosie O'Donnell Show. He also wrote the lyrics for the opening number of the 1998 and 2000 Tony Awards shows. The 1998 performance featured Rosie O'Donnell, Betty Buckley, Patti LuPone and Jennifer Holliday, and won the Emmy for best music/variety show. Since 1999, Seth has hosted 'Seth's Broadway Chatterbox,' a weekly talk show at Don't Tell Mama that showcases some of New York's most noteworthy theater talent, benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. He has won numerous awards for his comedy, including the Duplex's Stars of Tomorrow contest and The Backstage Bistro Award and was voted 'Funniest Gay Male in NY' at Stand-Up NY.