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Broadway Nights Paperback – October 1, 2011

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“Seth Rudetsky reminds me of David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs, but with his own UNIQUE COMIC VOICE and timing that pops off the page. Save $140.00 on a Broadway musical and buy Broadway Nights instead.”--Andrea Martin, Tony award-winning actress, SCTV alum

 “Broadway Nights literally made me LAUGH OUT LOUD. Seth Rudetsky is the FUNNIEST man I know. Period.”--Kristen Chenoweth, Tony award-winning actress, “Wicked,” TV’S “Glee”
 “I love this book! I LOVE SETH RUDETSKY! He is Mr. Broadway! Seth’s love for the musical theatre equals my own, and his knowledge of all things Broadway is an obsession to be cherished. His chronicle of the journey of starstruck kid to Broadway pianist/conductor is a WONDERFUL every-theatre-kid tale with WICKED HUMOR and New York City savvy, sass and insight.”--Betty Buckley, Tony award-winning actress/singer
 “Seth Rudetsky belts a high comedic tone in this HILARIOUSLY reflective, mile-a-minute insight about the real people who travel the Great White Way.”
--Ana Gasteyer, Actress/Singer, “Saturday Night Live,” “Wicked”
“No one out there KNOWS BROADWAY or can tell a story like the a-mazing Seth Rudetsky.”--Jonathan Groff, Tony nominated actor/singer, “Spring Awakening,” TV’s “Glee”
 “Seth Rudetsky knows every skeleton in (or out) of the closet on Broadway and his PASSION, JOY, AND ENCYCLOPEDIC KNOWLEDGE of that Magic Kingdom inform every sentence of this book. He makes our age, this age, seem Golden, too, and he is right about that.”--Terrence McNally, playwright
“Seth Rudetsky works in the pits, but his book is anything but. A LAUGH-FILLED excursion to Broadway with a guide who know where all the phantoms re buried. Even if the closest you’ll ever get to the Broadway jungle is second mezz at Lion King, you’ll have A GOOD TIME.”--Bruce Vilanch, Actors, Writer, Comedian, One-Time Square
 “Seth Rudetsky’s book is EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW about Broadway and FUNNY.”--Lea DeLaria, Actress, Singer, Comic

About the Author

Seth Rudetsky has played piano in the pits of many Broadway shows including Ragtime, Grease and The Phantom of the Opera. He was the artistic producer/conductor for the first five Actors Fund concerts including Dreamgirls and Hair, which were both recorded. As a performer, he appeared on Broadway in The Ritz and on TV in "All My Children," "Law and Order C.I." and on MTV's "Made" and "Legally Blonde: The Search for the Next Elle Woods." He has written the books The Q Guide to Broadway and Broadway Nights, which was recorded as an audio book on Audible.com. He is currently the afternoon Broadway host on Sirius/XM radio and tours the country doing his comedy show, "Deconstructing Broadway."


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Vantage Point; Reprint edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936467208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936467204
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,969,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By NYC-Ill on November 12, 2012
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Seth Rudetsky is a deservedly beloved personality in the NYC area reporting and dishing on Broadway shows and cabaret gossip. I have no question that he is an absolute authority in this area. But, geez Louise, boy can't write for crap.

This is like a gay version of those trashy African-American novels with very-serious-strippers on the cover, "Momma Got Wood" or "You Can't Be Right with God when You Be Doing Wrong With Me" or other such ludicrous titles that pander to a small VERY specific audience while ignoring all rules of fiction writing. Like grammar and character development. Mr. R expects that you know these queens from YOUR fabulous life as a Professional Homosexual in NYC and he's spared any descriptive responsibility beyond hair color, shoes and sexual availability. As a Pro-Mo myself, I do know these people, but I steer clear of them for the very reason this book is an excruciating read: they're annoying as hell. And tiring. And they drone on even when you tune them out, just like this book.

I'll take the blame for not realizing this wasn't a memoir or history of Broadway, and that is actually a fictional tale of childish tantrums and gay sex. I honestly bought this on the strength of the authors reputation alone and figured it would be a fun read. Nope.

That said, I remain a fan of the man and his hilarious and informative radio show, interviews, podcasts, videos, etc...
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This is a great read. Seth Rudetsky writes a "fictional" diary ("autobiography") about his life in Broadway. He tells what life was like with his musical parents and then how he got into music. His main character is Stephen. And then he describes what goes on in an actual Broadway show from the beginning, to the producers, through the auditions, rehearsals, and then performances. And of course, "Stephen" is very gay and he talks about his life in NY from that perspecxtive. That can be very humourous. Or you might find him saying, "Anywho" a little too much. Also, the way he goes through relationships is also amusing, too. If you have a good sense of humore you'll love this book. And if you love theater, you'll also love this book because it provides real behind the scenes information about how a show is created and developed for the stage. I'm looking forward to reading Seth Rudetsky's other books.
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I will never again take the orchestra for granted! Seth's fictional character, Steven, brings Broadway alive in a sympathetic and hilarious manner as we follow his entertaining antics and tunnel-vision goal of attaining his life's dream. Amid a cast of three-dimensional friends and colleagues, we learn the process and traditions required to bring a show to fruition. Seth's voice comes through loud and clear amid parenthetical asides and dishy insights. Every reading session left me feeling as if I'd just savored a cup of coffee and a confidential conversation with a dear friend who can be snobbish one second and self-deprecating the other, and yet remain adorable and likable. I did not want the experience to end! Brava Seth, for filling every page of this novel with joy and laughter.
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