What a wonderfully funny, light, gay, Broadway book! Absolutely Fabulous.
When one first starts reading this, one may think that this is an auto-biography. I honestly thought it was a true story until I realized the authors name is Seth and the main character is Stephen – it is that believable. Rudetsky paints such a real picture of Stephen - a pianist, sub conductor and eventually director of a show on Broadway! He references shows consistently and it makes you wonder what gossip is fiction and what is real.
I listed to the audio version of this book and it has to be one of the best audio-books I have ever listened to (well into the hundreds).
Seth is the one who narrates the book. My god, he is wildly funny. What is great is that he has pulled in a lot of known Broadway actors to read other characters of the story. Both Kristin Chenoweth (lead from Wicked) and Jonathan Groff (lead from Spring Awakening and now Glee) played parts. There were a ton of other actors - but these ones I knew well. So, not only to you have Rudestky – who is a riot but you have a slew of other actors actually reading their parts so this was more like a dramatization of the book. It was so fantastic.
I had never heard of Seth Rudetsky when I stumbled on this gem. Since I read this, I have made it a point to become a major fan of his. I know subscribe to satellite radio to tune into “Seth’s Big Fat Broadway” show and when I was in NY last spring, I when to his Times Square recording and his chatterbox. While in NY, he mention that they may be re-releasing his other book The Q Guide to Broadway. I would love to read this so I am anxiously the new release. However, I haven’t heard any news on it yet so I may just have to buy the old version. : (
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it for anyone who wants to get and insiders glimpse into the nights on Broadway.
Definitely not the book for homophobes.
Has the feel of 'dishing with the girls.' If you love Broadway -- as I do -- you'll enjoy this fast-paced read.
I had never heard of Seth Rudetsky, but now I crave more of him. Coming from a family prone to burst into song at any moment (to the mortification of related teenagers) we love our Broadway musicals. This book provided lots of interesting behind the scenes details (I never gave a moment's thought to musicians or the allotment of dressing rooms or Broadway producers). The arcana is frosting on the delicious cake of Seth's cast of characters. The perenially depressed Stacy (a dead ringer for someone I've known 20 years). the annoyingly perky (and probably treacherous) francophile Francoise, and the world's cheapest Broadway producers, the sly and ancient Giesenschlags. Besides hilarity, there is romance, cunning and all-around enjoyment. I can't wait for Seth's next book.
This book was so much fun, and gave a glimpse into the world of being on Broadway. I loved the characters and found it laugh-out-loud funny.
Favorite part was the children auditioning for Les Mis. I highly recommend this for anyone interested in the inner workings and stories of Broadway (only partly fictionalized).
I love Seth Rudetsky and everything he does. He makes me laugh and feeds my addiction for all things musicals, Broadway, & NYC! This audio is so great for its personal touch!
I loved this story and the author - who is the reader is absolutely fabulous. Now keep in mind that this book is about Broadway actors, dancers, musician, etc. There are a lot of gay characters in the book - as well as a lot of "drama" in their lives. This book is not for everyone - but it is a very fun book to listen to. I can't wait until he writes and reads another one...
The narrator adds great dimension to this book. I laughed out loud and rooted for Stephen throughout the book. If you forgot what tone is listen to this and then call your high school English teachers to tell them you got it now!
I purchased this because Kristin Chenoweth was a narrator, and because I would love to live in NYC!
It took two tries to listen to the book, but when I finally got into the book I found it enjoyable because of the multiple narrators, and because I wanted to find out how it concluded.