(l to r) Seth Rudetsky, Audra McDonald, Jeremy Jordan and Kelli O’Hara (Photos provided by miweb.cr)
The Broadway @ concert series hosted and music directed by Sirius XM Radio Star Seth Rudetsky is finally landing smack dab in the middle of Broadway this fall. Producer Mark Cortale has announced the premiere season of Broadway @ The Town Hall in New York City, kicking-off with legendary six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald on November 12.
The superstar lineup will continue with Kelli O’Hara, six-time Tony nominee and Tony Award winner for the revival of The King And I on January 14, 2019, and Jeremy Jordan, Tony Award nominee for Newsies and star of TV’s “Supergirl” & “Smash” on March 11, 2019. The Broadway @ Series was first launched at Provincetown’s Art House theatre in 2011 by Mr. Cortale and Mr. Rudetsky and now makes its home in more than a dozen major venues worldwide.
The unique format of the series is its seamless mix of intimate behind-the-scenes stories prompted by Mr. Rudetsky’s funny and revealing questions combined with the music from the artists’ stellar careers. The results are spontaneous evenings of show-stopping songs and hilarity.
The roll-call of stars who have graced the Broadway @ series’ reads like a Tony Awards Who’s Who: Patti LuPone, Kristin Chenoweth, Sutton Foster, Neil Patrick Harris, Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessie Mueller, Megan Hilty, Gavin Creel, Matthew Morrison, Darren Criss, Jane Krakowski, Laura Osnes, Ana Gasteyer, Andrea Martin, Adam Pascal, Kerry Butler, Sam Harris, Charles Busch, Betty Buckley, and many other leading artists of today.
Audra McDonald (November 12, 2018) holds the record for more Tony Best Performance wins than any other actor in history and is the only person to win all four acting categories. On the concert stage, she has sung with virtually every major American orchestra, and internationally with Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, as well as with the London Symphony Orchestra and Berlin Philharmonic. Of Audra McDonald’s many roles, she notes that her favorites are the ones performed offstage: passionate advocate for equal rights and homeless youth, wife to actor Will Swenson, and mother to her children.
Kelli O’Hara (January 14, 2019) recently received her first Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Actress In A Short Form Comedy of Drama Series for her portrayal of Katie Bonner in the hit web series “The Accidental Wolf”. On Broadway, Kelli’s portrayal of Anna Leonowens in the critically acclaimed revival of “The King and I” garnered her the 2015 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, along with Grammy, Drama League and Outer Critics nominations. Her concerts have gained international acclaim, spanning from New York’s Carnegie Hall all the way to Tokyo. Upcoming, Kelli will star in the Broadway revival of Kiss Me Kate in Spring 2019.
Jeremy Jordan (March 11, 2019) first appeared on Broadway in the musical Rock of Ages. He then starred in the role of Tony in Broadway’s revival of West Side Story. In the fall of 2011, Jeremy was cast as Jack Kelly in Disney’s world premiere production of Newsies at Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey and went on to appear in the Broadway production, earning him a Tony nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. Currently, Jeremy stars in The CW drama “Supergirl” opposite Melissa Benoist. This fall he will star on Broadway opposite “Scandal” star Kerry Washington in the drama American Son.
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. Mr. Rudetsky co-wrote and co-starred in Disaster! (New York Times “critics pick”) on Broadway. Disaster! also premiered to rave reviews in London’s West End.
For tickets and information, visit www.thetownhall.org.