The Town Hall presents the return of internationally acclaimed concert series Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway, hosted and music directed by Sirius/XM Radio star Seth Rudetsky and produced by Mark Cortale, at The Town Hall (123 W. 43rdStreet).
On Monday, December 2, 2019, Seth welcomes Broadway stars Megan Hilty and Jessie Mueller. Megan and Jessie starred in the Lifetime film “Patsy and Loretta,” the untold true story of the friendship between two of country music’s greatest icons, Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn. The format of each concert is a seamless mix of intimate behind-the-scenes stories prompted by Rudetsky’s funny, insightful and revealing questions – and the music from the star’s stellar Broadway career.
Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway series continues with Patina Miller on February 3rd and Brian Stokes Mitchell on April 13th. Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway concert series is part of The Town Hall’s presenting season. For tickets and information, visit www.thetownhall.org or call (212) 997-6661. This series is raising funds for Sandy Hook Promise. For more info visit: www.sandyhookpromise.org
The roll-call of stars who have graced the Broadway @ series’ reads like a Tony Awards Who’s Who: Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone, Kristin Chenoweth, Chita Rivera, Sutton Foster, Christine Ebersole, Kelli O’Hara, Neil Patrick Harris, Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rosie O’Donnell, Vanessa Williams, Jessie Mueller, Megan Hilty, Faith Prince, Megan Mullally, Cheyenne Jackson, Gavin Creel, Matthew Morrison, Darren Criss, Jane Krakowski, Beth Malone, Melissa Errico, Joanna Gleason, Michael Cerveris, Norm Lewis, Laura Osnes, Ana Gasteyer, Andrea Martin, Adam Pascal, Kerry Butler, Jackie Hoffman, Sam Harris, John Barrowman, Will Swenson, Alice Ripley, Emily Skinner, Judy Kuhn, Charles Busch, Betty Buckley, and many other leading artists of today.
Megan Hilty is widely known for her breakout roles on NBC TV’s “Smash” and Sean Saves The World (starring opposite Sean Hayes). She made her Broadway debut as Glinda in Wicked and most recently was nominated for a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and Drama League Award for her critically acclaimed performance as Brooke Ashton in the Roundabout Theater Company’s revival of Noises Off, for which she also won a Broadway.com Audience Award for Favorite Featured Actress in a Play. In a new Lifetime movie “Patsy & Loretta” premiering October 19, 2019, Megan is playing Patsy Cline opposite Jessie Mueller as Loretta Lynn. Megan has also starred on New York stages as Lorelei Lee in the Encores! production of Gentleman Prefer Blondes and as Doralee Rhodes in Broadway’s 9 to 5: The Musical, which earned her nominations for the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League Awards. On Television, she recurred on Bravo’s dramedy Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce and the final season of CBS’ The Good Wife. She recently appeared in Hulu’s Difficult People and CBS’ BrainDead. She has also been seen recently in Rules Don’t Apply, a feature film written, directed and produced by Warren Beatty and the TV LAND pilot The First Wives Club alongside Alyson Hannigan. In 2016, Megan released a live album comprising of songs from her recent concert tour, entitled “Megan Hilty Live at the Café Carlyle” after completing a residency at the legendary New York venue. She has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center and with the Cincinnati Symphony. Her voice was featured as Rosetta in Disney’s Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings and also in Disney’s The Secret Life of Magic Gourd, Phineas & Ferb, Glenn Martin DDS, American Dad, Tinker Bell and the Pixie Hollow Games, Robot & Monster as well as singing as Snow White in the film Shrek the Third, and in Summertime Entertainment’s Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return with Kelsey Grammer, Hugh Dancy and Lea Michele. She can also be heard alongside Placido Domingo on the opera star’s duet album. In 2013 Megan released her debut solo album, “It Happens All The Time,” which included fresh interpretations of compositions by contemporary songwriters and producers.
Jessie Mueller starred on Broadway in the revival of Carousel in her Tony-Grammy nominated role as Julie Jordan, opposite Joshua Henry for which she also received the Drama Desk Award. Prior to that, she originated the role of Jenna Hunterson in composer-lyricist Sara Bareilles’ hit Broadway musical Waitress for which she was nominated for a Tony, Drama Desk and Grammy award. She earned all three awards for her starring role as Carole King in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. In a new Lifetime movie “Patsy & Loretta,” which premiered October 19, 2019, Jessie plays Loretta Lynn opposite Megan Hilty as Patsy Cline. She recently starred as Marian in The Music Man with Norm Lewis and Rosie O’Donnell at The Kennedy Center. Other major Broadway credits include Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Mystery Of Edwin Drood (Drama Desk nomination), and her Broadway debut as Melinda in On A Clear Day You Can See Forever opposite Harry Connick, Jr. (Tony and Drama Desk nominations). She portrayed Carrie Pipperidge in the New York Philharmonic’s staged and televised concert production of Carousel at Lincoln Center, and was a part of Carnegie Hall’s family concert series, Take the Stage with Broadway Stars. Jessie received an Emmy Award Nomination for her performance in the PBS broadcast of “Chicago Voices”. Recently she collaborated on Broadway for Orlando’s “What the World Needs Now” benefiting our brothers and sisters in Orlando.
Seth Rudetsky is the afternoon host on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s On Broadway as well as the host of SethSpeaks 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. He co-wrote and co-starred in Disaster! (NY TIMES “critics pick”) which also premiered to rave reviews in London. In June 2016, he and his husband, James Wesley, co-produced a recording of “What The World Needs Now” with stars like Idina Menzel, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Carole King, Audra McDonald which went to number one on iTunes and raised more than $100,000 for the Orlando shooting victims (and is still raising money. Buy it!). Seth and James have a non-profit organization called Your Kids Our Kids that presented Concert For America; a series around the country, premiering at NYC’s The Town Hall, featuring stars like Barry Manilow, Stephanie Mills, Vanessa Williams, Tina Fey, Randy Rainbow and Audra McDonald that raised money for 5 non-profits that have been working relentlessly since the 2016 presidential election. They also present Voices for The Voiceless, a yearly star-studded concert for You Gotta Believe which helps older foster children find families, even if they’ve aged out of the system. If you want to hang out with Seth and James and a bunch of Broadway stars performing up a storm, come on one of their cruises! In February 2020 they journey to the Caribbean, in June 2020 to TheAdriatic and Greek Isles and in October 2020 they’re on the Queen Mary ll to England! More info at: SethsBroadwayVacations.com