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Seth rudetsky

Seth Rudetsky

Described by singer Audra McDonald as “The Mayor of Broadway,” Seth Rudetsky is the beloved Broadway musician, actor, writer, producer and media host who studied musical theater at Usdan in 1980 and ’81. Seth continues to be a tireless Usdan cheerleader on his Sirius/XM Satellite radio show On Broadway, and as host of Seth Speaks on Sirius/XM Stars. Last summer, he introduced Usdan violinist Jacqueline Levine to his radio audience. She performed on the program and spoke with Seth about winning the Center’s Isaac Stern Scholarship. Recalling his own days as a Usdanite, Seth writes: “The summer after Junior High School was THE BEST. I majored in Musical Theater at Usdan, and my company performed the show Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris. Another company presented The Robber Bridegroom that summer, and that’s where I met Richie Jackson who produced A Catered Affair (and TV’s Nurse Jackie) and became my first agent! The following year, I appeared in a review called Broadway Rainbow and one day I’ll do a dramatic reading of the script, which I still have. I loved the camp!”

Seth has been the pianist for more than a dozen Broadway shows and was the Artistic Producer/Music Director for the first five annual Actors Fund Fall Concerts including Dreamgirls with Audra MacDonald (recorded on Nonesuch Records) and Hair with Jennifer Hudson (recorded on Ghostlight Records, Grammy Nomination). On television he appeared on Law and Order C.I., had a recurring role on All My Children, and played a version of himself this season on Bunheads and Smash. Seth played himself in Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, was the vocal coach on MTV’s Legally Blonde reality show, and starred opposite Sutton Foster in They’re Playing Our Song for the Actors Fund. He tours the country doing master classes and performing his one-man show, Deconstructing Broadway.