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Call Redialed: Will and Anthony Nunziata: "The New Classics" at Feinstein's/54 Below

Will and Anthony Nunizata, Photo Credit: Michael Kushner PhotographyThe boys are back! Will and Anthony Nunziata are starting the New Year off with the debut of their concert The New Classics at Feinstein's/54 Below. From Rodgers & Hammerstein and Billy Joel to Sinatra and Adele, The New Classics is an unforgettable evening of music and laughs where everything sounds new and always feels familiar, with hits like "Unchained Melody," "New York State of Mind," Adele’s "Someone Like You," "The Prayer," as well as brand-new soulful original tunes.

Come start your New Year off with the timeless songs of then and now. The New Classics will be premiering at Feinstein's/54 Below on Saturday, January 13 at 9:30pm. Click here for tickets!

For more on Will and Anthony be sure to visit and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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1. On January 13, you are returning to Feinstein's/54 Below with a brand-new, one night only concert, The New Classics. What should excite fans about this upcoming concert? 

Will: We are going to be premiering fresh arrangements of classic Broadway songs and standards, but what I’m most excited about is our debut of original songs that I think the audience is going to really dig.

Anthony: I am excited for our fans to hear our original soulful pop music we’ve been working on this past year!

2. What makes you nervous about this upcoming concert?

Will: Nervous? I’m excited!

Anthony: I hope Will remembers his lyrics! 🤭

3. What song are you each excited to debut?

Anthony: "Will You Be My Everyday," an original song I composed with Jeff Franzel and Tom Kimmel.

Will: "Love Is Love Is Love" - one of Anthony’s original songs that he wrote with Jeff Franzel.

Will and Anthony Nunzaita4. This concert is described as an unforgettable evening of music and laughs. In putting this concert together, what song, that you will perform as a duet, just makes you laugh non-stop during rehearsal?

Will: I would say "You’re Nothing Without Me" from the musical City of Angels - it’s a fantastic melody by Cy Coleman with extremely witty lyrics by David Zippel.

Anthony: Ditto. This is such a fun song. It’s so clever and I try my best to make Will laugh when we sing it. And usually he breaks, so this is always a fun moment in our concerts. 

5. Since the concert is called The New Classics, what original songs of yours do you hope will become "New Classics"?

Will: All of them! :)

Anthony: My goal is that the songs sound familiar and have a timeless melody and lyrics, saying something familiar in a way that has never been said quite that way. That’s always the goal. I have been fortunate to work with collaborators who have written for major pop stars and classical crossover artists, and I’ve learned so much from them.

Anthony and Will Nunziata performing, Photo Credit: Walter McBride6. Over the past few years, you have been expanding your repertoire to include songs like Adele's "Someone Like You" and Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind." What made you want to bring these songs into your concerts as opposed to keeping the shows to songs from the American Songbook and Broadway?

Will: I’m really interested in exploring songs like this that I consider part of the canon of "The New American Songbook."

Anthony: The goal is to take a "new" approach to music  — with those two songs, the idea came from the lyrics telling two distinct stories yet there is a common emotion of yearning and from that common thread Tedd Firth and myself arranged the mashup to tell a "new" story - and as always, the goal is to tap into people’s deepest emotions and have them connect with something within their own lives while listening.

7. You are currently working on another full length CD which will feature original songs as well as fresh takes on timeless classics. What can you tell us about this upcoming album?

Anthony: We will be releasing the album sometime in 2018!

Will: Stay tuned!

Anthony and Will Nunziata, Photo Credit: Michael Kushner Photography8. Since this concert is taking place at the start of 2018, what are some of your goals for the new year?

Anthony: To continue to create music that connects... 

Will: To continue to be kind, patient, and grateful.

9. One classic song you almost always perform is "The Prayer." What do you pray for as we begin 2018?

Will: Peace and love.

Anthony: Love, peace and hope.

10. What is something about you both that would make your fans' jaws drop with an "OMG" reaction?

Will: I think they seem to enjoy when we get into a tiff. We are very different, and thus the bickering sometimes. But I’m grateful that at the end of the day we are loving and respectful for one another... and that Anthony knows I’m usually right. :)

Anthony: Oh, Will.

Will and Anthony Nunziata, Photo Credit: Mchael Kushner PhotographyMore on Will and Anthony:

Over the past 5 years Will & Anthony Nunziata have performed over 300 concerts and outreach programs across the country headlining major performing arts centers, theaters and symphony concert halls. The renowned singers, songwriters, Netflix-bound comedians and Carnegie Hall Headliners are the Brooklyn- born, classically trained singing and comedy brother duo hailed by The Huffington Post as "a nearly impossible pairing of talent, stage presence and charisma." They recently headlined Carnegie Hall for two sold-out concerts with the New York Pops Symphony Orchestra.

The brothers have brought their distinct take on classic & contemporary songs to performing arts centers and theaters, as well as intimate cabaret venues and symphony concerts with orchestras such as the New York Pops, Detroit Symphony, Cleveland Pops, Colorado Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, Annapolis Symphony, Cape Cod Symphony, Toledo Symphony, and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. The brothers studied music, acting and directing at Boston College, and trained in improv comedy at the famed Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City.

The two will be featured in the upcoming Netflix comedy The Last Laugh starring Chevy Chase and Richard Dreyfuss to be released in 2018.

Featured on Good Morning America and The Rachael Ray Show, Will & Anthony are most proud of their "ARTS MATTER!" Educational Outreach Initiative and Master Class Workshops that educate and inspire students to fearlessly pursue their passions.

Will is an acclaimed stage director and Anthony an emerging songwriter whose original songs are featured on the brothers’ EP The Gift Is You and upcoming album that will include fresh takes on timeless classics as well as originals.


Call Answered: Charles Socarides: "20th Century Blues" & "When We Rise"

Charles Socarides, Photo Credit: Rachel ShaneEarlier this year, I was immersed in the ABC mini-series When We Rise. It was heartbreaking, uplifting, & inspirational all at the same time! One of the actors that caught my eye was Charles Socarides, who played his real-life brother "Richard" in the mini-series, as they are the sons of Charles W. Socarides, the American psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, physician, educator and author who focused much of his career on the study of homosexuality, which he believed could be altered.

Needless to say, when I was offered the opportunity to interview Charles, I rose to the occasion. Charles is currently starring as "Simon" in Susan Miller's 20th Century Blues, directed by Emily Mann. 20th Century Blues is about four women who meet once a year for a photo shoot, chronicling their changing (and aging) selves as they navigate through love, careers, children, and major world events. But, when these private photographs have the potential to go public, their relationships are tested, forcing the women to confront who they are, what they’ve become, and how they’ll deal with whatever lies ahead.

20th Century Blues plays at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center in NYC (480 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue) through January 28. Click here for tickets!

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1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Probably being a NYC kid and seeing amazingly live theatre performances growing up. I was aware from an early age that this was a thing people did.

2. You are currently starring in 20th Century Blues at NYC's Signature Theatre. What attracted you to this show? Emily Mann reached out to me, and I am a huge fan of hers. Then I read Susan’s play and fell in love with the role of "Simon."

3. What do you relate to most about your character "Simon"? What is one characteristic of his you are glad yourself you don't possess? I can definitely relate to "Simon’s" closeness to his mother. I’m lucky enough to have an awesome mom to whom I could say almost anything. And "Simon" is a really good guy but he seems like a workaholic. I’m trying to be less of that in my real life.

4. Let's break down this plot a little bit. In this show there are four women with forty years of friendship and one afternoon that could end it all. If you only had one afternoon left, how would you spend it? I’d probably want to go somewhere dramatic and amazing with my best friends and family and just explore. Like Macchu Piccu or the Grand Canyon. Victoria Falls. Someplace I’ve never been.

Charles Socarides and Polly Draper in "20th Century Blues", Photo Credit: Joan Marcus5. The women also meet once a year to have their pictures taken and these private phots have the potential to go public. I have two questions for you about this. One, what is the most private thing you are now willing to make public? Two, what is the one picture you have on your phone that you would never want to go public? I mean, maybe there are a couple of risqué photos on my phone somewhere but the most embarrassing stuff is probably just the stuff that shows how basic I am. Like a million drafts of an Instagram post. Or too many photos of something I cooked. 😬

6. I do have to switch gears now and ask you about When We Rise, which I loved! My jaw dropped upon learning you are the son of the psychoanalyst Charles Socarides & that you played your real-life brother in this mini series. What was it like to audition for something you actually lived through? What kind of discussions did you have with your brother prior to filming and after? I'm so glad you liked it! It was the craziest audition I’ve ever had. I had to compete against other actors doing an audition scene in which my own father was a character. I’m very very very glad I got it.

My brother Richard and I are very close so he was of course pulling for me to get it. Once I did, he totally let me pick his brain and was so open about revisiting this difficult (but defining) time in his life. We are definitely closer as a result of When We Rise. I think we both appreciate the opportunity to have bonded through this experience. And we got to contribute to an important, beautiful project at the same time.

Guy Pearce (left) as "Cleve Jones" and Charles Socarides (right) as "Richard Socarides" in Dustin Lance Black's "When We Rise", Photo Credit: Eike Schroter/ABC7. How did you mentally prepare for this role? What was the hardest day of filming? It was surprisingly hard to prepare! I wanted to do all of the research I could but then also let go of all of it so I could play the character as written. So I researched a lot and then just prayed I could actually behave like a human being.

I was tested right away on my first night of shooting when we filmed the scene where Richard comes out to our father. I was very nervous because Richard was on set. I really had to separate myself to stay calm!

8. I feel like this interview is leaning more towards serious, so I would like to lighten things up. I read on your website that as a child you were terrified of vomiting. What part of vomiting were you actually afraid of? Are you still scared of throwing up today? Haha no I got over that. (And I should update my website - thank you Adam). I got terrible food poisoning as a kid and for some reason it stuck with me for a long time. That moment when you know you’re going to be sick is never any fun. Though you feel so much better after!

9. I also read you are obsessed with learning how to cook. What are your top 3-5 meals you really want to master? When I can I come judge your cooking? (hahaha) I recently crushed some pumpkin pancakes that were sooo good. I will also say I make really good chili. That’s probably my top. I make these stuffed tuna melts that are delish as well. To be honest, all of my recipes are pretty basic so far. I’m trying to expand. Then I’ll invite you over!

Charles Socarides More on Charlie:

Earlier this year, Charles was a lead on the ABC miniseries When We Rise. Other recent film and television credits include Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, and the feature Bad Hurt. His theatre credits include KINGS (Women's Project), SONS OF THE PROPHET (Roundabout), RED (opposite Tim Daly, Dorset, Broadway World Best Actor), TRUST (Second Stage), THE MARRIAGE OF BETTE AND BOO (Roundabout), INDIAN BLOOD (Primary Stages), TWELFTH NIGHT (Pig Iron), GUADALUPE IN THE GUEST ROOM (Two River) and Colt Coeur's production of HOW TO LIVE ON EARTH.



Call Answered: Conference Call: Tom Gualtieri & David Sisco: "Departures: The Songs of Gualtieri & Sisco" at Feinstein's/54 Below

David Sisco (left) and Tom Gualtieri (right), Photo Credit: Jonathan BellerI was so excited when I found out Tom Gualtieri & David Sisco were going to be presenting an evening of their music at Feinstein's/54 Below this coming January! I have known Tom for a few years, but have yet to experience Tom & David's work together, so when the opportunity came up to interview them, I was eager to hit every note & learn about this dynamic duo! After interviewing Tom & David, I'm really looking forward to hearing their music.

Departures: The Songs of Gualtieri & Sisco will play Feinstein's/54 Below on Wednesday, January 10 at 9:30pm. Click here for tickets! 

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1. Who or what inspired you to become composer/lyricist?

David Sisco: For me it was melding my love of classical music with the American Songbook and popular music. Our diverse interests made us oddly right for each other as a composer/lyricist team.

Tom Gualtieri: I’ve always been drawn to storytelling whether it was through acting, directing, or writing. And with my love of all kinds of music – classical, pop, opera, standards and contemporary - the addition of lyric-writing seemed a natural progression.

2. How did you come to work together?

David Sisco: We met in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop in 2003. The first two years of the Workshop are driven by exercises designed to expose theatre writers to all the facets of dramatic songwriting: structure, storytelling etc. Through each assignment, writers meet potential collaborators.

Tom Gualtieri: David and I were paired for one of the oldest exercises in the Workshop: we had to write a song for Willy Loman in an imagined, musical version of DEATH OF A SALESMAN - a notoriously difficult exercise because parody was not allowed. The songs had to be legit.

David Sisco: There were some beautiful songs written by the writers of the Workshop, but it is a daunting exercise.

Tom Gualtieri: We discovered that we had a similar musical sensibility and loved the same types of music and drama. We favor innovative and intellectually stimulating musicals but also appreciate what would have been called "musical comedy" back in the day.

3. On January 10, you are returning to Feinstien's/54 Below with a new collection of music, Departures: The Songs of Gualtieri & Sisco. What excites you about this upcoming concert?

Tom Gualtieri: We've set aside two projects in the last couple of years and we didn't want to go an entire year without working as we search for a new one. We decided to put our energy into practicing the most important part of our collaboration: the actual writing of songs. We made it a goal this year to examine contemporary and pop forms and filter them through dramatic storytelling. So, the songs in Departures are a hybrid.

David Sisco: Also different from our previous concert is that many of these songs were initiated by talking about our personal experiences. Because of that, I think the audience will get to know us even better as writers and individuals. 

Tom Gualtieri: I should add that we are also excited to be working with Laura Josepher again. She’s directed all of our past projects and she seems to understand our work. She asks the right questions. She holds our feet to the fire when necessary and praises us when - IF - it’s appropriate.

David Sisco: Any opportunity to work with Laura is a blessing. We think she's one of the best unsung directors in the business so we're lucky to have her.

David SIsco (left) and Tom Gualtieri (right), Photo Credit: Jonathan Beller4. What do you think will surprise fans about these new songs?

Tom Gualtieri: The people who are familiar with our work know us best for traditional theatre songs. We've been bringing our voice to traditional styles and forms since we started our collaboration, but now we've had a great shift toward contemporary, musical landscapes.

David Sisco: We're not giving up our classical and traditional influences, but we're also trying find this new facet of our voice.

Tom Gualtieri: In "the old days" - that is, the golden age of musical theatre - popular music and theatre music were the same. Some of the great standards come from musical theatre. After a long dry spell, musical theatre has entered a new golden age - and we think that's partly due to the crossover appeal of contemporary musical theatre.

David Sisco: Our fans may be surprised that many of the songs in Departures are heavily influenced by pop structure.

5. Since this concert celebrates and skewers contemporary life & relationships, what has been the best part about working together and the most challenging part?

Tom Gualtieri: David and I work well together - we've got a shorthand after 14 years of collaboration - but no matter how at ease we are as a team, it's still tricky to tell your collaborator, "I'm not crazy about this or that idea."

David Sisco: We are mindful of the effort we each put into our work, but we haven't got time to get married to anything we've written…

Tom Gualtieri: If it needs to change, we change it. Writing is a process of rewriting, after all.

David Sisco: And because of that, we are pretty merciless self-editors. The most important thing is the work itself. There's a 'just do it' attitude that helps us as we look toward the ultimate goal: writing good songs.

Tom Gualtieri: We're tremendous fans of each other's work so that makes it easy - most of the time. Haha!

Tom Gualtieri (left) and David Sisco (right) at Feinstein's/54 Below6. Press notes also state these songs in the January 10 concert explore the intersection between compelling storytelling & exciting musical form to create a dynamic cycle of songs/ What do you feel makes a song compelling & exciting?

Tom Gualtieri: All genres have unique qualities that are compelling in one way or another. With pop music, many people don't listen to the lyrics but for me, a song is most exciting when it reveals something through a combination of music AND lyrics. An exceptionally "hooky" song might be spoiled by rotten lyrics and on the opposite side, great lyrics can go unnoticed if the song isn't musically compelling. Artists like Joni Mitchell and James Taylor write gorgeous lyrics but more current writers like Ed Sheeran and Sara Bareilles also bring tremendous intelligence to the table and still create hook-driven, emotionally rich work.

David Sisco: For me, it's the specificity of the lyric and music, which Tom is hinting at, that make me want to listen to a song more than once. Songs (in any genre) than can walk the tightrope of neither being overly poetic or too on-the-nose - that make the listener fill in the blanks, getting them emotionally invested in the storytelling - excite me the most.

7. I love that you are collaborating with book writer Michael Zam (FX Feud) on a project. What, if anything, can you tell us about this piece?

David Sisco: We are adapting Henry James' THE WINGS OF THE DOVE. Tom brought this to me years ago but we kept getting distracted by other ideas. Most recently we decided, after setting aside two projects, that it was time for us to let someone else do the adaptation. Tom and Michael have known each other for years and we proposed it to him. He's a brilliant guy and he came up with a thrilling concept for this.

Tom Gualtieri: Something that's not been done before in a musical.

David Sisco: We are excited and even a little impatient to get started. There's a tremendous amount of research involved and late James is challenging....

Tom Gualtieri: It ain't beach reading. But THE WINGS OF THE DOVE is a beautiful story with fascinating characters and gorgeous settings - London and Venice at the turn of the century - so it will transport us to another world.

Call Me Adam and "Feud" writer Michael Zam8. Since Michael was a writer on the hit FX series Feud, if you had to write one original song to sum up the series, what would you call it and what would be just a few lyrics?

Tom Gualtieri: Haha - we are SO INSANE right now that trying to answer this question is like putting a straw on the back of a camel that has walked through the Sahara without water. But off the top of my head, I'd write a song based on something Bette once said, "Old Age Ain't No Place for Sissies."

9. What do you hope this new year brings for you with regards to your music?

Tom Gualtieri: We love writing something that makes a singer WANT to sing and we hope that continues to happen. We're also incredibly excited to get started on THE WINGS OF THE DOVE.

David Sisco: Writing for this concert has also challenged us to write faster and, we think, helped our actual writing process evolve, which is a pretty neat trick after all these years. We look forward to continuing that conversation as we work on new projects.

Tom Gualtieri: More than anything, we want to share our work. All of the songs from this concert will be available online when the sheet music is finished and proofed. So we hope people will use our work for auditions, cabaret, and concerts.

David Sisco, Photo Credit: Roberto AraujoTom Gualtieri, Photo Credit: Rob Sutton10. If you had to select one of your songs to describe today's climate, which song would best represent where we are at politically & socially? Then, which of your songs would you say provides hope?

Tom Gualtieri: So, there are two pieces here: the social and the political. The political climate today is detrimental to everyone's health.

David Sisco: And we’re not just talking about the news coming out of Washington, but also the social messages we are getting from elected leaders.

Tom Gualtieri: One of the ways artists can affect change is by taking up the issue of diversity in our industry.

David Sisco: We get frustrated when theatre pieces, which are not specifically about issues of race, sexual identity, or those with perceived disabilities, are cast in ways that do not reflect diversity nor draw from the enormous pools of talent which remain underrepresented.

Tom Gualtieri: Those are huge subjects to tackle and our writing tends to focus in on individuals and their personal experiences. There are two songs in our upcoming concert which capture small aspects of the anger and anxiety that buzzes through our culture right now: "My Call to Fly" is about finding your inner strength in the face of cynicism, and "Compared to You Blues" is a comic song about the negative effects of social media.

David Sisco: We think our most hopeful song is a non-political one called "Morning, Love." It's a deeply personal song about looking for love - looking for that one person you know is out there waiting for you and feels the same way. In these most-troubled times, we need love. Maybe now more than ever.

Tom Gualtieri (left) and David Sisco (right), Photo Credit: Jonathan BellerMore on Tom & David:

Tom Gualtieri and David Sisco began their collaboration at the BMI Musical Theater Workshop in 2003. Their first musical Falling to Earth, has been developed through the Syracuse University New Play Workshop and The York Theatre Developmental Reading Series. They have provided material for We Are the Song, sponsored by the After The Storm Foundation, which offers assistance to the youth of post-Katrina New Orleans. Currently, they're working on a new musical entitled I'm Afraid, You're Afraid: 448 Reasons to Fear And Why. Tom and David are the recipients of a grant from the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust and their songs have been featured in various cabarets and concerts. In addition to their writing partnership, they appear on stage together in David’s multi-award-winning comedies BAIT n’ SWISH. They have also led seminars and workshops on a variety of topics, and were featured lecturers and performers at the 2011 MTNA/NATS Conference.



Call Redialed: Facetime Conference Call with Molly Pope & Kim David Smith: "No Thrill From Champagne" NYE at Pangea

Molly Pope, Kim David Smith, and Call Me Adam at The Algonquin Hotel in NYCKim David Smith and Molly PopeLive from the Algonquin Hotel in NYC, cabaret greats Molly Pope & Kim David Smith stand, pose, & laugh with me in this hilarious interview about their upcoming New Year's Eve show No Thrill from Champagne that will be taking place at Pangea NYC (178 2nd Avenue) on December 31 at 8pm & 10:30pm!

No Thrill From Champagne is a champagne-sprinkled evening of Cole Porter, Nöel Coward, and Marlene Dietrich-inspired delinquency at the hands of two of Downtown NYC’s favorite post-ingenues. Musically directed by Tracy Stark, No Thrill From Champagne summons a neo-retro glamour, juxtaposing yesteryear with the here-and-now, through idiosyncratic arrangements and razor wit. Click here for tickets!

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Call Me Adam Facetime interview with Molly Pope & Kim David Smith:

More on Molly:

Molly Pope is a critically-acclaimed cabarettist whose shows have played Joe's Pub, Feinsteins/54 Below, Feinsteins at the Regency, Ars Nova, The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, OBERON (A.R.T.), Teatro ZinZanni (Joe's Pub Seattle), and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in Australia. Hailed as "One of downtown cabaret's most adventurous performers" by the New York Times, she is the recipient of both the 2016 Bistro Award for Creative Cabaret Artistry and the 2016 MAC Award for Musical Comedy. She has been named a Time Out New York Top Ten Cabaret Act of 2008 and 2012 and a Village Voice Best of NYC 2011 for Best Singer To Turn Life Into A Cabaret. Most recently she recorded her first album, An Audience with Molly Pope, live at Joe's Pub. She has also performed at The Cafe Carlyle (Tales From The Jazz Age), the Afterglow Festival in Provincetown, The Amber Zone at Sid Gold's Request Room, Our Hit Parade at Joe's Pub and as a resident artist at The Kimmel Center (Philadelphia) and The Orchard Project. Stage credits include FOUND (Atlantic Theater Co, Philadelphia Theater Co), Horseplay, or the Fickle Mistress (LaMama ETC/Theatre Askew), Dan Fishbacks' The Material World (Dixon Place). 

More on Kim David Smith:

Kim David Smith is described by Broadway World as the "David Bowie of cabaret," "slyly subversive" by the Wall Street Journal, and labeled the "male Marlene Dietrich" by the New York Times, Australian Kim David Smith is a Helpmann Award nominated singer and cabaret performer, known for his Weimar-era inspired works that juxtapose authentic musical material with stylistic takes on current popular tunes. His electro-pop albums Nova, Supernova, and cabaret EP, The Tease, are available on iTunes and Amazon.



Call Redialed: Seth Rudetsky: "Seth’s Broadway Diary, Volume 3"

Seth RudetskyIt's always great catching up with Seth Rudetsky! His Broadway stories are always so engaging & enjoyable. It's no wonder, he just released his latest book, Seth's Broadway Diary, Volume 3 from Dress Circle Publishing. Filled with the juicy tales of working with such Broadway luminaries as Patti LuPone, Andrea Martin, Andrea McArdle, Gavin Creel and so many more, Seth's Broadway Diary, Volume 3 is a can't put it down romp on-stage, back-stage, and everywhere in between!

If you think Seth's book are loaded with goodies, wait until you see what he revealed direct from the orchestra pit!

Seth's Broadway Diary, Volume 3 can be purchased at!

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1. You just released your latest book Seth's Broadway Diary, Volume 3. What was the first story you knew had to be in this book? When I got to play an entire concert with Patti LuPone! It was such a thrilling experience. Every time I’d heard her sing from Evita, it was always "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina." I was much much much more obsessed with "Buenos Aires" and "Rainbow High." These are songs I listened to all the time as a kid and I never got to see her play the role. I thought I’d never hear her sing them live. I tentatively asked her to sing them in our show…and she said YES…and in the SAME KEY!!! Plus she gave me so many amazing stories about Evita, and Les Miz and Anything Goes, etc. There is so much Patti scoop in this book and I love it!

2. Which story were you on the fence about including, but ultimately you felt it would help complete this volume? Well, I actually did cut it. During the years that all my interviews and shows take place in this book, my doggie got sick. I documented it while it was happening but it was too depressing to put in the book.

Patti LuPone and Seth Rudetsky3. As you go back through these columns, what would be one or two that made you pinch yourself and think, "I can't believe, me, Seth Rudetsky, from North Woodmere, Long Island, got to do this" (that as a kid you only dreamed about)? Well, definitely, the entire Patti LuPone experience. I never even met her until I was 29 and all I got to say was an awkward "I love you!" And the next thing I know I'm making her belt half the Evita score. Then things like working with Andrea McArdle. Anyone who grew up loving Broadway in the '70s was obsessed with her voice. She was the Broadway star we all wanted to be.

4. Since your columns are called Onstage & Backstage, what is something that happens on stage that causes chaos backstage during a show? One of the things I continue to get in trouble for is when I’m writing a show: often times I’ll tell an actor a new line I thought of and tell them to add it to that performance. I always forget that everything is mic’d nowadays and when an actor has a new line or cuts a line, it completely screws up the sound people. Half the time my so-called amazing new line is said and no one hears it because the actor’s mic is off!

5. It seems like everyone you work with becomes a friend of yours. Whose friendship were you most surprised by? Definitely Andrea Martin. I watched SCTV religiously as a teen. My friends and I would memorize her sketches, especially her feminist musical with Catherine O’Hara called "I’m Taking My Own Head, Screwing it on right, and No Guy’s Gonna Tell Me That it Ain’t!" Suddenly, I'm an adult and she's on my window frame in my apartment scrubbing my windows because they're "filthy" and redecorating my apartment. And by "redecorating," I mean taking objects and literally throwing them out because they don’t match her aesthetic. Sadly for me, she's always right.

Seth Rudetsky, Photo Credit: Jay Brady6. I have a new segment to my interviews called "I Can See Clearly Now," where I try to clear-up misconceptions about people. What do you feel is the biggest misconception out there about yourself that you would like to clear-up once and for all? I think people always think I'm incredibly busy. I, myself,  think people who have actual 9 to 5 jobs are incredibly busy! I can make my own hours, I can go to the gym, I can take breaks whenever I want, I get to travel to super fun places. To me, busy is having to wake up and get ready for work, work 8 hours, travel home, make dinner for family. I'm very impressed that those kind of people have time for fun, gym, and creativity.

7. Since you have interviewed so many people over the years yourself, what is one question I didn't ask you that you wish I had (please provide the answer to said question)?

Q: Who are your favorite authors?

A: I read all the time and love so many writers! Please read these people because they are amazing: Elin Hildenbrand, Stephen McCauley, Phillip Pullman, William Goldman, Curtis Sittenfeld, Sarah Waters. Thank you!

8. Has anyone ever rejected an interview request from you? If so, who? Lots of people! Celebrities get so many requests for interviews and sometimes they're just too busy. Also, I only like to to do them live, face-to-face. People sometimes want to do them over the phone and I think that sounds so awkward on the radio because I can't tell when person is about to talk, stop talking etc. I hate it and I always say no if that's all they're available for. So I guess the answer is, I have rejected interviews from people!

Seth Rudetsky, Photo Credit: Lauren KennedyMore on Seth: 

Seth Rudetsky has worked as the music director and/or pianist for some of Broadway’s biggest stars: Audra McDonald, Andrea Martin, Gavin Creel, Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Patti LuPone, Christine Ebersole, Jessie Mueller and many more. He spent years as a pianist on Broadway playing such shows as Les Miserables, The Producers and Ragtime and currently divides his time between being the afternoon deejay on the Sirius XM Broadway channel/host of Seth Speaks as well as touring North America doing his show Deconstructing Broadway. His novels, My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan, and the sequel The Rise and Fall of a Theater Geek are available on the Random House label and his Broadway musical Disaster!, which was a New York Times "Critics Pick," is licensed by MTI.