Seth Rudetsky, who hosts his own radio show
on the Broadway Channel, writes a weekly column for Playbill.com
and acts as a vocal coach to some of the most popular names in
musical theater, brings “Seth’s Big Fat Broadway Show” to
the Amaturo Theater at the
Broward Center for the Performing Arts in
Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, April 21 at
7:30 p.m. Seth recently talked with us about the show, Madonna’s
performance in Evita and his ideas for bringing musical
theater to the reality television world.
Big Fat Broadway Show” is coming to Fort Lauderdale
this week. What can audiences expect from your show?
I play tons of audio clips from
amazing Broadway shows and help people figure out what is
amazing and why, or why something is giving them a splitting
headache. I also show phenomenal video clips, such as
all the roles in West Side Story.
What was the inspiration behind the
title for your show?
Literally, because it's the name of my
radio show and recognition is everything.
Is the show more for laughs, or are
you hoping to educate the audience on Broadway shows?
It's a little like sneaking vegetables
into a brownie so your kids don't notice. I would say that
most people think it's a pure comedy show, but I always have
people come up to me afterwards and say, "I will never listen to
music that same way from now on."
Of all the shows that have come and
gone on Broadway, which is your absolute favorite? On the
flip-side, which shows should never have graced the stages?
I have many I love: Evita for
the high belting, West Side Story for the brilliant
score, and Hair for bringing pop/rock to Broadway.
As far as stinkers, I try to support everything. Only when
producers are ripping off the audience do I get up in arms; such
as a nine person "orchestra' for Mamma Mia, despite
having ticket prices over $100.
You said that Madonna singing songs
from Evita was a travesty. Do you think her Golden Globe
Is anyone's Golden Globe deserved?
What is that award? I exaggerate when I say 'travesty' but
it's sad to me when something is sacrificed—either getting a
great singer to Broadway with no acting chops, or in Madonna's
case, having to totally transpose a score to fit her vocal
'stylings'. In the show, I play a comparison of Patti
Lupone versus Madonna singing the same song and it's
You have done a lot in the realm of
Broadway, do you think there needs to be more reality shows
geared towards discovering more talent for the stage?
I would love that. But I would
like actual 'reality' in the reality show. I have done
three reality shows on various networks and there is much
manipulation. It's very frustrating that producers think
real life is not interesting enough. People think reality shows
are documentaries—they are not!
What would be your ultimate
Broadway reality show?
I would like to watch a show from an
early stage: filming the creative team writing it, casting it,
workshops, previews, opening night. So much drama and
As a vocal coach, who have been
some of your standout pupils?
I remember when I was coaching Audra
Macdonald. I told her that I had a call back for master
class and she should get herself an audition. I didn't get
cast and she won the Tony award. I'm still weeping inside.
Whose voice do you think you would
be able to help or train the most?
I'm not a voice teacher. I'm a
vocal coach, meaning that I help people on how to perform a
song. I'm very proud that I chose Jennifer Hudson to be in
my Hair concert and sing "Easy To Be Hard" and that's the
song she used to audition for Dreamgirls. Hmm,
another person who won a major award while I had to buy a ticket
to see the movie.
For someone who has never tuned in
to your Sirius/XM radio show, why should they start listening?
People tell me that I have a great
passion for music and Broadway and it's infectious. I
often get letters from people who say that didn't necessarily
like Broadway, but they love listening to my station.
Hopefully, I'm gaining some converts.
What are some of the projects you
are working on in the near future?
I have my
first young adult novel coming out on the Random House label in
a year, and I'm branching out from my Broadway radio show. I'm
hosting my own talk show on the Starz channel on Sirius/XM—the
channel with Martha Stewart and Rosie O'Donnell. It's going to
be on Sundays from
First show: Mother's Day. I'm very excited. I'm not
only about Broadway—I’m also about off-Broadway.