Rachel Bay Jones Joins Seth Rudetsky In Ft. Lauderdale, 2/16
Two of Broadway's brightest stars will join The Broward Center's popular Broadway concert series hosted by Sirius/XM radio star Seth Rudetsky this season.
The series, produced by Mark Cortale, next presents Rachel Bay Jones, Tony Award winner for Best Featured Actress in a Musical last year for "Dear Evan Hansen," for one show only on Friday, February 16 at 8:00 PM. She will be followed by Christine Ebersole, two-time Tony Award winner for "Grey Gardens" and "42nd Street" for one show only on Saturday, March 24 at 8:00 PM.
The two follow hot on the heels of Jeremy Jordan, Tony nominee for Broadway's "Newsies" and star of TV's "Supergirl" who performed on January 6. The format of the concert will be a seamless mix of intimate behind-the-scenes stories prompted by Rudetsky's insightful, funny and revealing questions - and the music from the artist's unique careers. This is a spontaneous evening of show-stopping songs and hilarity not to be missed. For tickets and information, please visit https://www.browardcenter.org/ or call 954 468-3280.
For Rachel Bay Jones' most recent Broadway performance in "Dear Evan Hansen," she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, and was nominated for the Drama League Distinguished Performance Award. She has also starred on Broadway in "Pippin," "Hair," and "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown." Off-Broadway she starred in the original production of "Dear Evan Hansen," winning the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, as well as a Drama Desk nomination. Other Off-Broadway performances include "First Daughter Suite" at The Public Theater, "Hello Again" (Drama League nomination) at Transport Group. National tours include Pasek and Paul's "A Christmas Story." Her regional theater work includes "Sylvia," and "The King and I." Television work includes ABC's "The Family" and FX's "Louie." Her most recent album is titled ShowFolk. By day, Rachel is mother to her beloved daughter Miranda, and partner to actor Benim Foster.
Christine Ebersole starred most recently on Broadway in "War Paint" in her Tony nominated role as Elizabeth Arden, opposite fellow Tony nominee Patti LuPone as Helena Rubinstein. She won her second Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, as well as virtually every Off-Broadway award, for her "dual role of a lifetime" as Edith Beale and Little Edie Beale in "Grey Gardens." The critically acclaimed musical was nominated for a total of ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and the CD recording was nominated for a Grammy Award. Her extensive Broadway career also includes her Tony Award-winning performance as Dorothy Brock in the hit revival of "42nd Street," in addition to leading roles in "On the Twentieth Century," "Oklahoma," "Camelot," Gore Vidal's "The Best Man," "Steel Magnolias," the recent revival of Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit," and "Dinner at Eight" for which she received both Tony and Drama Desk Award Nominations. Concert appearances include the concert version of the opera "The Grapes of Wrath" at Carnegie Hall, the San Francisco Symphony's tribute to Leonard Bernstein, the Boston Pops' concert version of "A Little Night Music," and PBS concerts "Gershwin at 100: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall" and "The Rodgers & Hart Story: Thou Swell, Thou Witty." In addition to her acclaimed stage career, Christine Ebersole has also appeared in numerous hit films such as "Amadeus," "Tootsie," "Richie Rich," "Black Sheep," "Dead Again," "Folks!," "Ghost Dad," "True Crime," "My Girl 2," "Mac and Me," and "Confessions of a Shopaholic." Her television credits include appearances on "Retired at 35," "Royal Pains," "Ugly Betty," "Law and Order SVU," "Boston Legal," "Samantha Who," "Will and Grace," "The Nanny," "Just Shoot Me," "Murphy Brown," "Ally McBeal," "Valerie," "Ryan's Hope," "One Life to Live" and "The Colbert Report."
Seth Rudetsky is the afternoon host on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio's "On Broadway" as well as the host of Seth Speaks on Sirius/XM Stars. As an author, he penned "My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan" and the sequel "The Rise And Fall Of A Theater Geek" (Random House) as well as three volumes of "Seth's Broadway Diary" featuring inside scoop and hilarious stories from all of the stars he's worked with. He co-wrote and co-starred in "Disaster!" (NY TIMES "critics pick") last season on Broadway. "Disaster!" also premiered to rave reviews in London's West End in November. In June 2016, he and his husband, James Wesley, co-produced a recording of "What The World Needs Now" with stars like Idina Menzel, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Carole King, Audra McDonald which went to number one on iTunes and raised $100,000 for the Orlando shooting victims (and is still raising money. Buy it!). On Inauguration Day 2017, he and James started "Concert For America", a monthly series around the country (including S.F.!) helping 5 non-profits being hurt by the current administration. Stars such as Kelli O'Hara, Barry Manilow, Stephanie Mills, Vanessa Williams, Andy Cohen and more have performed and you can watch the next one streamed live on ConcertsForAmerica.com. For more information visit www.sethrudetsky.com.
About the series:
Mark Cortale (Artist Manager & Producer) is the Producing Artistic Director at The Art House in Provincetown, Massachusetts. He produced Deconstructing Patti on Broadway this past September at the Nederlander Theatre with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS starring Patti LuPone and Seth Rudetsky which raised over $280,000 in one night. He also launched the Broadway @ concert series in 2011 at The Art House. The series, featuring creative partner Seth Rudetsky as music director and host, had its seventh season this past summer and guest artists included Sutton Foster, Jessie Mueller, Megan Hilty, Faith Prince, Beth Malone, Melissa Errico and Michael Cerveris. The Broadway @ series also premiered in 2013 in New Orleans, in Australia (Sydney & Melbourne) with Megan Mullally and in London's West End with Patti LuPone at the Leicester Square Theater. The series has since travelled to cities that include Chicago @ The Steppenwolf, Beverly Hills @ The Wallis, Fort Lauderdale @ The Parker Playhouse, San Francisco @ The Herbst Theatre and Scottsdale @ Scottsdale Center for the Arts. Other artists who have participated include Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone, Christine Ebersole, Chita Rivera, Kelli O'Hara, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Rosie O'Donnell, Vanessa Williams and Gavin Creel. Mark also produced the feature film "Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads" and the web television series "Seth's Reality." He manages the singing string quartet Well-Strung which he co-founded. Info at markcortalepresents.com.