Broadway @ The Herbst
Seth Rudetsky is the afternoon host on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio's "On Broadway" as well as the host of Seth Speaks 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") last season on Broadway. "Disaster!" also premiered to rave reviews in London's West End in November. 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 $100,000 for the Orlando shooting victims (and is still raising money. Buy it!). On Inauguration Day 2017, he and James started "Concert For America", a monthly series around the country (including S.F.!) helping 5 non-profits being hurt by the current administration. Stars such as Kelli O'Hara, Barry Manilow, Stephanie Mills, Vanessa Williams, Andy Cohen and more have performed and you can watch the next one streamed live on ConcertsForAmerica.com. For more information visit www.sethrudetsky.com.
Mark Cortale (Producer) is currently co-producing the new Off-Broadway musical “Midnight At The Never Get” by Mark Sonnenblick opening at The York Theatre this fall. He produced “Deconstructing Patti” on Broadway last September at the Nederlander Theatre with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS starring Patti LuPone and Seth Rudetsky. He created the Broadway @ concert series in 2011 at The Art House in Provincetown where he serves as Producing Artistic Director. The series, featuring creative partner Seth Rudetsky as music director and host, had its eighth season this past summer and guest artists over the years have included Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Sutton Foster, Megan Mulllally, Christine Ebersole and Jessie Mueller. The Broadway @ series also premiered in 2013 in New Orleans, in Australia (Sydney & Melbourne) with Megan Mullally and in London's West End with Patti LuPone at the Leicester Square Theater. The series has since travelled to cities that include Chicago @ The Steppenwolf, Beverly Hills @ The Wallis, Fort Lauderdale @ The Parker Playhouse, San Francisco @ The Herbst Theater and Scottsdale @ Scottsdale Center for the Arts. In the 2018/19 the series will launch in Boston @ the Huntington Theatre with Chita Rivera and Seth Rudetsky and in New York City at The Town Hall with Audra McDonald, Kelli O'Hara and Jeremy Jordan. Mark produced the feature film “Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads” and also produces the singing string quartet Well-Strung, which he co-founded. Info at www.markcortalepresents.com
Presented by Mark Cortale
with Seth Rudetsky on January 20
Series will benefit San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, Project Open Hand & Sandy Hook Promise
Mark Cortale presents the 2018/19 return of Broadway @ The Herbst. In this unique concert series, music director and host Seth Rudetsky welcomes the greatest Broadway performers for up-close and personal concerts and conversations. Ramin Karimloo on Nov. 8th and Audra McDonald on Jan. 20 will sing a dozen songs from their storied careers and personal journeys. The format of each concert will be 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. The Broadway @ The Herbst series promises three different evenings (March 7th Artist is TBA) of show-stopping songs and hilarity not to be missed.
Audra McDonald holds the record for more Tony Best Performance wins than any other actor in history, and is the only person to win all four acting categories. She became a three-time Tony Award winner by the age of 28 for her performances in “Carousel,” “Master Class,” and “Ragtime,” placing her alongside Shirley Booth, Gwen Verdon and Zero Mostel by accomplishing this feat within five years. She won her fourth in 2004 for her role in “A Raisin in the Sun”, a role she reprised for a 2008 television adaptation, earning her a second Emmy Award nomination. On June 10, 2012, McDonald scored her fifth Tony Award win for her portrayal of Bess in Broadway’s “The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess” thus tying a record held by Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris for most Tony Awards won by an actor. In the 2014 Broadway season, she made history by winning her sixth Tony Award for her role as Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill.” She also maintains her ties to classical repertoire with an active concert and recording career, performing song cycles and operas as well as concerts throughout the US. Audra’s many television appearances include four seasons as Naomi Bennett in “Private Practice,” as well as “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Having Our Say,” “Mister Sterling,” “The Bedford Diaries,” “Kidnapped,” the TV remake of the musical “Annie,” and HBO’s “Wit” with Emma Thompson and more recently as a cast member of “The Good Wife.” In December 2013 Audra won critical acclaim for her performance as the Mother Abbess in NBC’s live telecast of “The Sound of Music” with Carrie Underwood. As the host of the PBS series “Live From Lincoln Center,” she won her first Primetime Emmy Award in 2015. That same year she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2015 and received a 2015 National Medal of Arts - America’s highest honor for achievement in the arts - from President Barack Obama. In 2018, she joins the cast of “The Good Fight” for the second season of the CBS All Access original drama series. Her film roles include “Cradle Will Rock,” “Object of My Affection,” “It Runs in the Family,” “Best Thief in the World,” and “Seven Servants.” Ms. McDonald returned to the Broadway stage in 2016 with director George C. Wolfe and dancer/choreographer Savion Glover in the musical “Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed,” a new retelling of an original musical by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award. On the concert stage, she has sung with virtually every major American orchestra, and internationally with Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, as well as with the London Symphony Orchestra and Berlin Philharmonic. Of Audra McDonald’s many roles, she notes that her favorites are the ones performed offstage: passionate advocate for equal rights and homeless youth, wife to actor Will Swenson, and mother to her children.