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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Alyson Books; First Print edition (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593500106
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593500108
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Seth Rudetsky has played piano in the pits of over a dozen Broadway shows as well as writing and starring off-Broadway in Rhapsody in Seth. As a comic he was voted "The Funniest Gay Male in New York" Currently he is a DJ on Sirius Satellite Radio.

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He's clever, funny and Broadway!
Susan Schultz
I listed to the audio version of this book and it has to be one of the best audio-books I have ever listened to (well into the hundreds).
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I read this book on vacation, I stayed up late reading one night and 2 times I actually laughed out loud for an extended period of time.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jak Klinikowski on October 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
I was looking for something sparkling and amusing to read, and since I'm a big old theatre nut, I decided to give Seth Rudetsky's BROADWAY NIGHTS a go. What a great decision that turned out to be. This novel is brilliantly conceived, fast paced yet beautifully detailed, and a total delight from cover to cover.

Stephen Sheerin in a musical wunderkind, but he's never really reached his potential due to his many hysterical insecurities. He's a superb pianist and a fantastic arranger and conductor but he has issues, lots of issues. He's obsessed with trying to get the attention of his opera diva mother, he's constantly fantasizing about a future with his boyfriend who already has a boyfriend, and he's annoyed by the fact that he's a Broadway sub, always filling in for others but never being the name on the marquee.

Things are about to change, however, when Stephen is offered and accepts the chance to be musical director of a new Broadway show called FLOWERCHILD. Conceived by an old friend of his, Mason, the musical is about the end of the hippie era and uses songs from the period to tell the story.

BROADWAY NIGHTS is actually Stephen's diary. He's writing it because his therapist, Monikah, thinks it will help him deal with his problems. The format allows the reader to follow Stephen's haywire existence on a daily basis, and it's a hoot.

Seth Rudetsky is an extremely successful comedy writer, having received three Emmy nominations for his work on THE ROSIE O'DONNELL SHOW, as well as an accomplished Broadway musician, and it's obvious he knows the world he writes about very well. The book is full of musical theatre anecdotes, and insights, and the feeling of being in on the dirt is palpable.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Smith on October 31, 2007
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Well written fiction in a biographic style. I had a hard time putting this down. Its easy to forget that this is not a biography in fact. It makes me want to ask Seth about how much of this comes from his real life.

Only small problem with the story is that the ending was a bit too tidy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JB414 on November 6, 2007
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This is a hilarious read! Great fun for Broadway fanatics or anyone who loves to laugh!

I read Seth's first book Q Guide to Broadway about a year ago and could hardly wait for this full length novel to come out! Well worth the anticipation! GREAT READ!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan Schultz on November 3, 2007
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I listen to Seth on Sirius Satellite radio several times a week. He is a blast to listen to. He's clever, funny and Broadway! Once he said he had a book coming out, I decided I'd have to try it. Well, I'm glad I did. I could barely put it down. I finished it in less than 4 days, and that's good for me with my lack of free time these days. I actually want to read it again, but I can't yet as I've loaned it to a friend. Broadway Nights made me laugh out loud and I felt like I was going on one heck of a trip with Stephen as I read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By qwerty on October 24, 2007
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I LOVED this book. I read it in six days, which is very rare for me. At first, I thought that this was just Seth's life, with just the names changed. Then, I realized that this was fiction, and boy did he do a good job. I actually laughed out loud. I don't think a book has ever gotten me to do that.

Can't wait for the next one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Burns on October 23, 2007
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This is such a fun book to read! Seth is really funny and clever, so every sentence has something to make you smile or laugh out loud. He knows just EVERYTHING about Broadway, and tells all, as well. It's tough to tell the fact from the fiction (I prefer to think it's 99% fact with about two names changed). Besides being a funny person, Seth has put together a great narrative, in the form of a diary. In other words, it's not just a bunch of one-liners crammed into a book -- the story itself is interesting, believeable and intriguing. His writing voice is completely natural -- you can easily imagine sitting in a café with him (but never getting a word in).

Seth -- keep writing!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda Bulger VINE VOICE on September 6, 2010
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Whether or not you're tuned in to the world of musical theater, you'll have to grin and gasp at author Seth Rudetsky's irreverent novel, Broadway Nights: A Romp of Life, Love, and Musical Theatre. Rudetsky, through his flaky protagonist Stephen Sheerin, dishes about the doings on stage, in the pit, and behind the scenes of some of the great musical productions.

Stephen is a thirty-something pianist and conductor whose goal is to music-direct his own show, AND to find love and happiness with that one special someone, AND possibly to run a bed-and-breakfast in Vermont with that special someone, though he admits that last one might be better in fancy than in reality. But according to Stephen's therapist Monikah (and by the way, Stephen HATES the -kah!), he is his own greatest obstruction to reaching these goals. Monikah assigns him the task of writing a journal and this is the hilarious result.

Follow Stephen through his days and nights as he gets a shot at his professional dream, music-directing a new 60s retrospective show called Flowerchild. Watch in wonder as the complexities of mounting a major show are broken down to the essentials of hard work, wild and often groundless gossip, and regular brunches at the Manhattan hot spots. Try to guess whether Stephen will ever find a boyfriend who doesn't already HAVE a boyfriend. Polish up your knowledge of pop culture from the 1980s and 90s. Get to know Stephen's wacky parents (his father's toupee has seen seven Presidential administrations and his mother answers the phone with her "hello" tripping up and down the scales) and an eclectic group of friends and professional associates. This is one fast-paced book!
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