West End and Broadway Stars Jenna Russell and Judy Kuhn Will Join Seth Rudetsky For Broadway @ Leicester Square Theatre
Olivier Award winner & Tony Award nominee Jenna Russell (Sunday In The Park With George, Merrily We Roll Along and Fun Home at the Young Vic) and four-time Tony nominee Judy Kuhn (star of Trevor Nunn's new Fiddler On The Roof at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Broadway's Fun Home, Chess and Les Misérables) will join Seth Rudetsky as music director/host for two intimate concerts on Sunday, February 3 as part of the long-running Broadway @ Leicester Square Theatre series.
Broadway @ Leicester Square Theatre began in 2013 with Patti LuPone and returned with Audra McDonald in 2016 and John Barrowman and Ramin Karimlooo earlier this year. What differentiates this concert series is the seamless mix of intimate behind-the-scenes stories from Broadway's biggest stars - prompted by Rudetsky's
probing, funny, revealing questions - and their stellar singing of the musical theatre repertoire.
This is a spontaneous mix of of hilarity and show-stopping songs that is not to be missed.
Jenna Russell is an award winning actress whose accolades include 2007 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Dot/Marie in Sunday In The Park With George at Wyndhams Theatre. She reprised her role on Broadway at Studio 54 where she won 2008 Theatre World Award for Broadway Debut Performance. She also received a 2008 Tony Award nomination and 2008 Drama Desk nomination for the same role.She has received Olivier Award nominations for her performances as Mary Flynn in Merrily We Roll Along and Sarah Brown opposite Ewan McGregor in Guys and Dolls in the West End. She was also long listed for Best Musical Performance for Evening Standard Theatre Awards for her roles as Little Edie in Grey Gardens at Southwark Theatre and Mary Flynn in Merrily We Roll Along at The Pinter Theatre. Other recent theatre credits include Helen Bechdel in Fun Home at The Young Vic, and Mephistopheles in Dr Faustus starring opposite Kit Harington at The Duke of Yorks Theatre.
Judy Kuhn is currently starring as Golde in London in the sold-out production of Fiddler on the Roof at the Menier Chocolate Factory, a role she also played on Broadway in 2016. On Broadway, the four Tony Award nominee, starred as Helen Bechdel in Fun Home (Tony & Drama League Award nominations) a role she created in the original Public Theater production for which she won the 2014 Lucille Lortell Award. Also on Bway she starred in the Roundabout's hit revival of She Loves Me (Tony nomination); and the original Bway productions of Chess (Tony & Drama Desk nomination); Les Misérables (Tony & Drama Desk nomination); Rags (Drama Desk nomination); Two Shakespearean Actors (Lincoln Center Theatre), Alan Menken & Tim Rice's King David; and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Other select theater includes: The Visit by JohnKander, Fred Ebb & Terrance McNally at The Williamstown Theater Festival; Fosca in the much-lauded production of Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine's Passion (Drama League Award nomination); the inaugural season of Encores! Off-Center in The Cradle Will Rock; US premiere of Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. In the West End she starred in Metropolis (Olivier Award nomination). Judy sang the title role in Disney's Pocahontas as well as the in the sequel Pocahontas II: Journey To A New World.
Seth Rudetsky has played piano in the orchestra for more than 15 Broadway shows including Ragtime, Grease and Phantom. As a comedy writer, he was nominated for three Emmy Awards for The Rosie O'Donnell Show and has written 3 volumes of Seth's Broadway Diary filled with hilarious theatre stories, as well as two young adult books published by Random House. After the Orlando Florida nightclub shooting, his husband James spearheaded Broadway For Orlando, a star-studded recording of What The World Needs Now Is Love that Seth conducted/arranged featuring Idina Menzel, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Judy Kuhn, Rachel Tucker, Audra McDonald and 30 other Broadway stars which raised over $100,000 for the victims, their families and The Trevor Project. He loves performing in London and has been at Leicester Square Theatre opposite Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, John Barrowman and Ramin Karimloo and, in 2016, he starred with some amazing West End talent in a one-day benefit of his Broadway musical comedy Disaster! at Charing Cross Theatre that benefitted MADTrust. His favourite thing is getting stars to tell never-before-told inside theatre stories and then making them sing tons of amazing songs...exactly what these shows at Leicester Square Theatre will be!