Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Seth Speaks: Comic, Writer, and Accompanist to Broadway Divas, Seth Rudetsky Talks about His Journey from High School "Fag Boy" to Star of His Own One-Man Show. (Theater)

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Seth Speaks: Comic, Writer, and Accompanist to Broadway Divas, Seth Rudetsky Talks about His Journey from High School "Fag Boy" to Star of His Own One-Man Show. (Theater)

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All Seth Rudetsky has held on to longer than his grudge against a homophobic humiliation in high school is his collection of Broadway original cast albums. As he recalls growing up gay in Nassau County, N.Y.--an experience that forms the basis of his one-man show, Rhapsody in Seth, currently playing off-Broadway at the Actors' Playhouse in New York City--the playwright-performer breezily admits, "I knew I was gay when I was 4! By first grade everyone was calling me a fag. My only hope was to live long enough to get out of there and surround myself with really high belters--like Betty Buckley."

That's exactly what he did. Over the past dozen years, as a musical director, conductor, and pit pianist, Rudetsky, now 36, has accompanied such Broadway babies as Bebe Neuwirth, Audra McDonald, and Megan Mullally.

Musicianship is only part of what makes Rudetsky so popular, explains Will & Grace's Mullally, for whom he served as musical director on a recent Actors' Fund benefit performance of Funny Girl: "His verbal mannerisms and sayings are so catchy that I've literally heard them translated into catch-phrases all the way out in L. …

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