October 28: Bruce Live on Seth Rudesky’s ChatterBox in NY

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Hairspray Star Heads to the Chatterbox Oct. 28
By Andrew Gans
October 26, 2004

Bruce Vilanch, the latest actor to don the Edna Turnblad drag, will sit down for a chat with host Seth Rudetsky at the Oct. 28 edition of Seth’s Broadway Chatterbox.The weekly live talkfest, which includes interviews and performances from Broadway stars, is held at 6 PM at the New York cabaret Don’t Tell Mama. There is a $10 donation and a two-drink minimum. The donation goes directly to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the nation’s leading industry-based, not-for-profit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization.

Bruce Vilanch is currently making his Broadway debut in Hairspray, having played the role of Edna Turnblad for over a year in the show’s national tour. An Emmy-winning comedy writer, Vilanch has written for the Oscars, the Emmys, the Tonys and the Grammys. He is also the author of “Bruce! My Adventures in the Skin Trade and Other Essays” and is the subject of the documentary “Get Bruce!” He spent four seasons on “Hollywood Squares” and also appeared in his own one-man show. Vilanch’s other credits include “It Nearly Wasn’t Christmas,” The Morning After, “Bosom Buddies,” “The Ice Pirates” and “Call Me Claus.”

Creator and host of Seth’s Broadway Chatterbox, Seth Rudetsky has served as a pit pianist and/or conductor for such Broadway shows as 42nd Street, The Full Monty, The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia! and The Producers. He also conceived the idea for the recent all-star Hair concert to benefit the Actors’ Fund of America as well as the three previous benefit concerts, Chess, Funny Girl and Dreamgirls. Rudetsky was a member of the comedy writing team for “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” for two years, and his awards include the Duplex’s Stars of Tomorrow, the Backstage Bistro and the Funniest Gay Male in New York. He was also the author and star of the recent one man, GLAAD nominated show Rhapsody in Seth.

Don’t Tell Mama is located in New York City on West 46th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues. Call (212) 757-0788 for reservations.