I had the opportunity to see Seth Rudetsky’s “Deconstructing Broadway” show live last night, and it did not disappoint.
in case you don’t know who Seth is — and I’m sorry, but we can’t continue to be friends until you do — he’s a musician/music director/actor/singer/comedian/writer who lives and breathes all things Broadway. he’s music directed, or played piano in the pit for, all manner of B’way shows; won an Emmy as a writer for “The Rosie O’Donnell Show”; hosts the main show every day on SiriusXM’s Broadway channel; and has even written 2 novels. he does this amazing thing as a one-man show where he “deconstructs” different song performances by both Broadway and non-theatrical singers … and it’s so fucking hilarious, I can’t even begin to describe it. but that’s not all — you actually LEARN something from the way he deconstructs. (he’s also a part-time vocal coach, and I’d give my left anything to work with him.)
anyway, I laughed myself silly last night. it was literally 90 minutes of nonstop smiling. and I have to give the guy mad props; about a week ago, he lost his dog to cancer, which he’d evidently been talking about on his radio show (I only just got a free trial of SiriusXM; I need to get it installed in my car). at the meet and greet after, you could tell he was a little down — but it did NOT show on stage. mad props for “the show must go on,” yo.
this doesn’t have all that much to do with “dreams on standby” … except, I actually was kind of inspired by him. he legit took what he loves best — nitpicking Broadway shows in the funniest way possible — and has made a whole OTHER career out of it. cuz these one-man shows are ON TOP OF the work he does as a radio host, a music director, and a writer. it’s kind of insane.