Sierra Boggess, James Monroe Iglehart and More Join Seth Rudetsky's NOT SINCE HIGH SCHOOL Benefit for MS 245, 8/24
SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky will host and music direct Not Since High School, a benefit concert that showcases Broadway performers singing the classic roles they played as teens while wearing braces and/or breaking out. Scheduled performers include Sierra Boggess, Mario Cantone, Jerry Dixon, Christine Ebersole, James Monroe Iglehart, LaChanze, Jose Llana, Julia Murney, Anthony Rapp, Emily Skinner, Keala Settle, and more. Not Since High School will take place on Sunday, August 24th at 7:30 PM at 42West (512 West 42nd Street). All proceeds from this concert will benefit the music program at MS 245, a public middle school in New York City. Tickets are $45 or $100 for VIP seating (with special treats!).
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This is the second time Mr. Rudetsky has done this type of concert. The first one featured Norbert Leo Butz, Lisa Lampanelli, Mandy Gonzales, Corbin Bleu and more. (Highlights are featured in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWE-TdH2pYw). At the upcoming benefit concert, roles performed will include Sarah Brown from Guys and Dolls, Seymor from Little Shop, Rizzo from Grease -- as well as ones that are hilariously inappropriate for teens, like Carlotta from Follies ("I'm Still Here" sung at age 15).
Says Mr. Rudetsky, "When I was growing up, I was able to take chorus, chorale, special chorus, band, orchestra and theater. All part of the regular school day! Now public schools have cut most of the arts and they are only available after school with an incredibly limited budget. I wound up volunteering as the chorus teacher in my kid's middle school because they didn't have one. I want kids growing up today to have the same opportunities my generation had, or we'll miss out on the next generation of artistic titans. Kids won't know if they have talent as a musician, actor artist etc. if they don't have the chance to try it."
42West is located at 512 West 42nd street and is midtown's new 14,000 square foot blank canvas. The multimedia, multipurpose events and performance space is adjacent to The OUT Hotel and KTCHN Restaurant located at 514 W. 42nd St. The venue comes equipped with a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system that can be used for live musical performances, off-Broadway theatrical productions, screenings, gallery exhibits, dance, cabaret and special events. 42West offers clients a seamless booking and execution of events involving any combination of hotel rooms, event spaces and catering.
Seth has worked as the music director, pianist or conductor for some of Broadway's biggest stars: Patti LuPone, Betty Buckley, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Megan Mullally, Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Matthew Broderick, Christine Ebersole, Megan Hilty and many more. He and spent many years as a pianist on Broadway playing such shows as Les Miz, Phantom, Grease and Ragtime and currently divides his time between being the afternoon Broadway host and the host of "Seth Speaks" on Sirius/XM radio and touring around North America doing his show Deconstructing Broadway. He was the Artistic Producer/Music Director for five Actors Fund Concerts including Dreamgirls with Audra MacDonald (recorded on Nonesuch Records) andHair with Jennifer Hudson (recorded Ghostlight Records, Grammy Nomination). As an actor, he played Sheldon (wearing a devastating unitard) in The Ritz on Broadway with Rosie Perez and starred opposite Sutton Foster in a one-night concert of They're Playing Our Song for the Actors Fund. On TV, he's been seen on "All My Children", "Law and Order: C.I.", and played himself on "Cash Cab", MTV'S "Made" and "Legally Blonde: The Search For The Next Elle Woods" and the Emmy-Award-winning "Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List" on Bravo. Last year he was featured on NBC's "Smash" and ABC Family's "Bunheads". As a comic, he won the title "Funniest Gay Male in NY" at Stand-Up NY, had a long-running show at Caroline's Comedy Club and spent two years as a comedy writer on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" (three Emmy nominations). He's written the books The Q Guide To Broadway andBroadway Nights. Broadway Nights was also released as an audio book on Audible.com featuring himself, Jonathan Groff, Richard Kind and Kristin Chenoweth. His most recent book, My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan was released on the Random House label and the sequel will be published in 2015. The audio book stars himself, Megan Hilty, Josh Gad and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Currently, he has his own reality show on www.SethTV.com, his new online TV network that also features his Chatterbox talk show series and exclusive concerts with Patti LuPone, Megan Mullally and Sutton Foster. Recently, he co-wrote and starred Off-Broadway in DISASTER!, a 1970's disaster movie musical that was put on Entertainment Weekly's "Must List" by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and is aiming for a Broadway transfer.