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Hello Seth Rudetsky

Hello Seth Rudetsky

I was much delayed on my flight from LGA to Chicago the other weekend. Flying to hangout with a good friend for a relaxing weekend in the city I love and at the lovely Hollywood Beach. One week delayed because of a flight cancelation, I had missed my chance to see Amy Morton in Taylor Mac’s HIR at Steppenwolf (click here for AntonioNY’s review). I was not having good flight karma with Southwest Air, but eventually I did get on a plane and decided, in a very un-Ross like manner, to watch YouTube videos on the short flight. I had nothing to write about. Summer isn’t particularly busy in the NY theatre review world (and not that great if you’ve been reading my last few reviews, click here and here for two) so I opened up YouTube and searched one of my favorite shows from last season, Dear Evan Hansen (click here for my Broadway review). No better way to spend the next two hours.

I was not prepared for what I discovered: the videos of Seth Rudetsky and his deconstruction of songs, shows, and Broadway singers. It was one long, deep, and totally fascinating rabbit hole that lasted the whole way to and from Chicago into my days babysitting in Princeton. It changed the way I looked at a song and the art of Broadway singing. He opened my eyes to complexities and choices that I didn’t know existed. My friend in Princeton said this was what performers studied in musical theatre performance classes for years, but I studied set design so I had no introduction to this. Seth’s enthusiasm and attention to detail, in a manner that I had never even knew existed was intoxicating and mesmerizing. I had no idea the thought and detailed examination that went into Ben Platt’s rendition of ‘Waving Through the Window’ or any other utterly fascinating performances that I was about to be lead through by this musical director and, in my eyes, a true enthusiast. If you think Ben Platt’s performance in Dear Evan Hansen is spectacular, as I do, but have never studied musical theatre or performance, take a peek. And prepare to have your mind blown.

DECONSTRUCTING: Dear Evan Hansen

And here Seth deconstructs Gavin Creel (She Loves Me) performance in Hello, Dolly! That earned him a Tony (click here for my review):

Seth Rudetsky Deconstructs Hello, Dolly!

To top it all off, here’s some deconstructions of one my favorites, Patti LuPone (click here for my review of War Paint). I’m hoping to see the both of them; Rudetsky and LuPone live on stage Sunday September 24th in Deconstructing Patti:

Deconstructs Patti LuPone’s AMAZING voice

Patti LuPone Recreates Famous Line Readings and Sings on Seth Speaks

Seth Rudetsky, you changed the way I hear a song. I’ll never know or hear music and a song in the detailed and magnificent way you do, but I’m glad I found you. We share that enthusiasm of theatre and a love for great singers and performances. And glad to be schooled by you. Thank you Seth Rudetsky. I’m forever in your debt. Figuratively speaking….

So for more, go to frontmezzjunkies.com

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My love for theater started when I first got involved in high school plays and children's theatre in London, Ontario, which led me—much to my mother’s chagrin—to study set design, directing, and arts administration at York University in Toronto. But rather than pursuing theater as a career (I did produce and design a wee bit), I became a self-proclaimed theater junkie and life-long supporter. I am not a writer by trade, but I hope to share my views and feelings about this amazing experience we are so lucky to be able to see here in NYC, and in my many trips to London, Enlgand, Chicago, Toronto, Washington, and beyond. Living in London, England from 1985 to 1986, NYC since 1994, and on my numerous theatrical obsessive trips to England, I've seen as much theater as I can possibly afford. I love seeing plays. I love seeing musicals. If I had to choose between a song or a dance, I'd always pick the song. Dance—especially ballet—is pretty and all, but it doesn’t excite me as, say, Sondheim lyrics. But that being said, the dancing in West Side Story is incredible! As it seems you all love a good list, here's two. FAVORITE MUSICALS (in no particular order): Sweeney Todd with Patti Lupone and Michael Cerveris in 2005. By far, my most favorite theatrical experience to date. Sunday in the Park with George with Jenna Russell (who made me sob hysterically each and every one of the three times I saw that production in England and here in NYC) in 2008 Spring Awakening with Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele in 2007 Hedwig and the Angry Inch (both off-Boadway in 1998 and on Broadway in 2014, with Neal Patrick Harris, but also with Michael C. Hall and John Cameron Mitchell, my first Hedwig and my last...so far), Next To Normal with Alice Ripley (who I wish I had seen in Side Show) in 2009 FAVORITE PLAYS (that’s more difficult—there have been so many and they are all so different): Angels in American, both on Broadway and off Lettice and Lovage with Dame Maggie Smith and Margaret Tyzack in 1987 Who's Afraid of Virginai Woolf with Tracy Letts and Amy Morton in 2012 Almost everything by Alan Ayckbourn, but especially Woman in Mind with Julia McKenzie in 1986 And to round out the five, maybe Proof with Mary Louise Parker in 2000. But ask me on a different day, and I might give you a different list. These are only ten theatre moments that I will remember for years to come, until I don’t have a memory anymore. There are many more that I didn't or couldn't remember, and I hope a tremendous number more to come. Thanks for reading. And remember: read, like, share, retweet, enjoy. For more go to frontmezzjunkies.com

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