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Radio personality Rudetsky to speak at IUP Monday

on May 01, 2013 10:50 AM

The Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present Sirius/XM Satellite Radio personality Seth Rudetsky as part of its Ideas and Issues series Monday at 8 p.m. Rudetseky will speak on his favorite subject — Broadway — in Gorell Recital Hall on the second floor of Sutton Hall.

Admission is free and reserved seats are available in advance.

In addition to talking about current trends on Broadway and the many inside stories he has about productions and performers past, present and future, Rudetseky will also announce the Broadway shows that will be presented by IUP for the 2013-14 season.

This announcement will include the two touring shows that will be part of the next Ovations! season and the production planned by IUP Theater-by-the-Grove and Music Theater.

Along with being a well-known radio host, Rudetsky is a top-notch journalist, novelist, Broadway actor and pianist, Playbill columnist, Grammy and Emmy nominee, and award-winning comic.

Rudetsky has been nominated for an Emmy Award on three occasions for his work as a comedy writer on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.”

He has been a writer and producer for awards shows like the 1999 and 2000 Grammys and created the opening numbers for the 1998 and 2000 Tony Awards.

He has also written the opening numbers for the last seven Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Easter Bonnet Competitions, and has been responsible for many of their Gypsy of the Year shows.

In addition to his daily “On Broadway” radio program on Sirius/XM, he also hosts “Seth’s Broadway Chatterbox,” a one-hour talk show at Don’t Tell Mama, a New York City club. He wrote and performed a one-man show called “Rhapsody in Seth” and often tours with variations on his one-man show, “Seth’s Big Fat Broadway.”

As a comic, Rudetsky won Stand-Up NY’s Funniest Gay Male contest and the Duplex Stars of Tomorrow Grand Prize, and had the long-running, critically acclaimed show, The Seth Rudetsky Show, at Rose’s Turn. With his comedy partner, Jack Plotnick, he performed “An Evening with Joyce Dewitt and Mortification Theatre” at Caroline’s and The HBO Workspace in Los Angeles.

As an author, he penned the books “The Q Guide to Broadway,” now in its third printing, and the recently published “Broadway Nights,” both of which were released as audio books on featuring Andrea Martin, Jonathan Groff and Kristin Cheno-weth.

Rudetsky graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with a degree in piano performance and resides, with his husband, in New York City.

Admission to this Ideas and Issues event is free. However, seats can be reserved in advance at the Hadley Union Building ticket office on the IUP campus or online at Seats can also be reserved by calling the HUB ticket office at (724) 357-1313.

Any tickets remaining will be available at the door starting at 7:15 p.m.

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