“Theater,” wrote Oscar Wilde “is the greatest of all art forms—the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.”
Since March 2020, when the theaters shut down in New York City, so many people longed to experience live performances. But thanks to Sirius XM Radio star, New York native Seth Rudetsky and The Seth Concert Series, legions of Broadway fans can do just that.
Each week Broadway’s brightest stars perform live with Rudetsky. They sing beloved songs for which they are known or always wanted to perform. The format of these no-hold-barred shows originally began at The Art House in Provincetown where never your run-of-the-mill concerts. They still aren’t.
Presented by Mark Cortale, each weekly show premieres live on Sunday afternoons at 3:00 PM EST with a one-time rebroadcast on Sunday nights at 8:00 PM EST. Tickets are available at thesethconcertseries.com for $25.00 each. Premium VIP tickets include “behind-the-scenes” access to the artists’ soundcheck are also on sale for most of the May and June shows.
"These concerts I'm doing on Sunday are so extremely special to me! It's as close to a return to normalcy as I can get.," says Rudetsky. "Almost every week pre-pandemic, I'd be flying to another city to do a concert with a Broadway star. That all stopped in March. Literally everything was canceled! I really missed doing them because the format is so special to me."
Starting May 2nd the line-up performing in The Seth Concert Series will feature Andrea McArdle, Christine Pedi, Laura Benanti and Linda Benanti, Chuck Cooper and Lilli Cooper, George Salazar, Alex Newell, Matthew Morrison, Jenn Colella and Leslie Uggams.
“Seth tries to find new parts of who we are and expose them to his audience,” says Kelli O’Hara who was the first Seth Concert Series guest last May. “It’s fun because we can often get stuck in our own ruts, especially during Covid-19 when it’s hard to develop new material due to lack of gathering and rehearsal opportunities. Seth does his research and surprises even us as we are putting on a show for others.”
Not only do these talents sing the songs they love, the conversation in between songs is riveting. The stars reveal behind-the-scenes stories as Rudetsky in his charming, witty way gets them to share intimate details of their lives.The stars share stories about how they got their start, their triumphs, their failures and how they are staying sane. In between stories they not only sing their biggest hits, but also songs that are completely unexpected.
Since the series started the stars feature includes O'Hara, Audra McDonald, Jeremy Jordan, Jessie Mueller, Lea Salonga, Megan Hilty, Norm Lewis, Cheyenne Jackson, Liz Callaway, Melissa Errico, Rachel Bay Jones, Sierra Boggess, Karen Olivo, Judy Kuhn, Orfeh and Andy Karl, Beth Leavel, Keala Settle, LaChanze, Beth Malone, Lillias White, Patti Murin & Colin Donnell, Ana Gasteyer, James Monroe Iglehart, Adam Pascal, Kerry Butler, Alex Brightman, Wayne Brady, Jessica Vosk, Ashley Spencer, Christy Altomare, and Laura Osnes, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Eva Noblezada, Emily Skinner, Matt Doyle, Ali Stroker, Stephanie J. Block, Sebastian Arcelus, and Mandy Gonzalez.
“Seth is able to segue these inspiring moments into incredible music performances from these career-altering shows,” says Cortale. Also, what makes these performances extra special is that cutting edge tech gurus David Katz and Kiran Edwards figured out the technology so Rudetsky could play and the singers could sing at the same time with no delay. It truly is an impossible feat.
"During this crazy time I think we all really need to have a weekly dose of inspiration, great music and hilarious comedy," says Cortale who presented the series for a decade and can point to countless favorite moments from each show. "The great Liz Callaway made me weep when she sang "The Story Goes On" from the musical Baby, a beautiful show that earned her a Tony nomination back in the 1980's. It was incredibly life affirming and it gave me hope for the future."