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Broadway Nights: A Romp of Life, Love, and Musical Theatre | [Seth Rudetsky]

Broadway Nights: A Romp of Life, Love, and Musical Theatre

Stephen Sheerin was born to play on Broadway - or at least, under it. He's a musician, a conductor, and his dream is to music-direct a big Broadway musical. After years of toiling in the pit of some of the best-loved (and loathed) hits on the Great White Way, he's just been given his big break. Can life really be going that well? Of course not.
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Publisher's Summary

Stephen Sheerin was born to play on Broadway - or at least, under it. He's a musician, a conductor, and his dream is to music-direct a big Broadway musical. After years of toiling in the pit of some of the best-loved (and loathed) hits on the Great White Way, he's just been given his big break. Can life really be going that well?

Of course not - his family is driving him crazy, and his boyfriend can't seem to get rid of his other boyfriend. Add to that an alcoholic diva, the cheapest producing team on Broadway, and a comatose casting director, and you have some of the other characters buzzing around Stephen's Broadway break. Then there's Stephen himself - neurotic and bitchy - who realizes that maybe total happiness is overrated.

Narrated by Seth Rudetsky, from Sirus radio and Broadway's The Ritz; Kristin Chenoweth, Tony Award winner, star of Wicked and TV's Pushing Daisies; James Wesley from the Rosie O'Donnell cruise ship; Jonathan Groff, Tony Nominee from Broadway's Spring Awakening; Andrea Martin, Tony Award winner, from SCTV, and currently in Young Frankenstein; Jeff Bowen, Hunter Bell, and Susan Blackwell from [title of show]; Andrea Burns, from Broadway's Tony nominated In the Heights; Andy Karl, from Broadway's Legally Blonde and the upcoming 9 to 5; Anika Larsen, from off Broadway's Zanna, Don't and Broadway's Xanadu; Mary Birdsong (from TV's RENO 911); Billy Porter, from Broadway's Grease and winner of Star Search!; Richard Kind, from TV's Spin City and Broadway's The Producers. Jim Price, from Les Miserables and Off-Broadway's Bat Boy; Ann Harada from Avenue Q and the upcoming 9 to 5; Emily Skinner Tony nominee from Broadway's Side Show; Juli Wesley - Becky's First Grade Class at PS 98; and Sally Rudetsky (Seth's Mom).

©2007 Seth Rudetsky; (P)2008 Audible

What the Critics Say

"Pretty chorus boys flirt with the world, backstage liaisons complicate rehearsals, and old friends finally become happy lovers - this is a gay romance, after all. But the real fun of the fictional romp is the wealth of factual showbiz lore - much of it bitchy and most of it hilarious - that theater insider Rudetsky packs into his charmingly giddy plot." (San Francisco Bay Times)
"I love Seth Rudetsky! He is Mr. Broadway! Seth's love for the Musical Theatre equals my own and his knowledge of all things Broadway is an obsession to be cherished. His chronicle of the journey of starstruck kid to Broadway pianist/conductor is a wonderful every-theatre-kid tale with wicked humor and New York City savvy, sass, and insight. I LOVE THIS BOOK!" (Betty Buckley, Tony Award-winning actress/singer)
"Even if Broadway isn't your thing, you'll still laugh at the comedy." (AudioFile)

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    Daniel Huntington Beach, CA, USA 08-21-08
    Daniel Huntington Beach, CA, USA 08-21-08
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    "Really Cute"

    I'm a native New Yorker living in California at the moment. This book gave me such nostalgia to be home and times because it felt so familiar not only the settings but the people not to mention that Kristen Chennoweth was in it 'nouh said. LoL give it a listen it's worth it, true he's a little winey at times but as the book goes on he gets over it you'll see why.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley RIVER RIDGE, LA, United States 05-21-13
    Ashley RIVER RIDGE, LA, United States 05-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Ahhhhmazing"

    If you are a fan of Seth Rudetsky on XM then you will love this book. Be warned, and I say this with love...It is very "gay" This is about musical theater people! :) But seriously the main character is a gay man and he is hilarious. I loved this book. I loved listening to Seth. It was fabulous, and I'd recommend it...just not to my southern grandmother. And definitely not to someone who has no interest in musical theater. I was a theater and art major so this was right up my ally. Really funny and interesting.

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    april randolph, NJ, United States 05-03-13
    april randolph, NJ, United States 05-03-13
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    "Thoroughly Entertaining"

    A semi-autobiographical (?) account of a Broadway musician's life and loves, read/performed by the author (with some well-known actors voicing the parts of some of the characters). Fun to listen to, and give it a sixth star if you're interested in Broadway and Broadway trivia.

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    Justin MILWAUKEE, WI, United States 04-22-13
    Justin MILWAUKEE, WI, United States 04-22-13
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    "Hilarious Performance"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, although most of my friends are theatre people. Non performers might be annoyed or uninterested by it.


    If you’ve listened to books by Seth Rudetsky before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't but I plan to. His voice and delivery are histerical.


    Do you think Broadway Nights needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes and no. It's just a memoir about a period in the author's life.I would listen to another one, but it doesnt necessarily NEED a follow-up.


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    Marylou Bend, OR, United States 04-07-13
    Marylou Bend, OR, United States 04-07-13
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    "UGH!!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    the guy that wrote and reads this book is BEyond DESPICABLE! he is a narcisstic, two-faced, lying, backstabber and is SO UNtolerable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he is the type of Gay Man that gives Gay Men a bad rap!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do NOT purchase this book!!!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Seth Rudetsky again?

    hell NO


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    doesn't really matter


    What character would you cut from Broadway Nights?

    the main character


    Any additional comments?

    this guy just disgusted me to no end... he is beyond shameful!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Avalon California USA 04-01-13
    Avalon California USA 04-01-13 Member Since 2009

    Bibliophile, English Teacher, Wordsmith

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    "Love"

    If you'd like to hear a neurotic, nasal, New Yorker giving a loooooong, over-the-top monologue about his boyfriends, auditions, therapy sessions, Jewish mother, childhood/ongoing insecurities, drag parties, etc., this is your book.

    I wasn't sure I was the right audience for this book, but Seth/Steven dishes it up in a manner both soulful and stylish. He grew on me, I eventually found him iresistable, and I ended up loving this book. Recommended!

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    Luchino Brooklyn, N.Y. USA 03-11-13
    Luchino Brooklyn, N.Y. USA 03-11-13
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    "Insider look at putting together a Broadway show"
    If you could sum up Broadway Nights in three words, what would they be?

    "Smash" done well


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Broadway Nights?

    Narrator realizes that he is never going to impress his egocentric mother.....actual growth as a character.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have seen on line video clips. This is more sustained than shorter performances.


    If you could rename Broadway Nights, what would you call it?

    Insider look at the Broadway creative process, and its world.


    Any additional comments?

    Seth Rudetsky is in every Playbill on Broadway. He started out as a rehearsal pianist, but now he lectures on theatre cruises by major cruise ships. The special interest cruises are heavily advertised in every Playbill, the free magazine/ program that is given out in theatres. Here in New York, he has a cabaret theatre/ interview program that gives performances regularly. He is part of the creative team behind real shows. He knows the theatre world inside and out. He has an obsessive interest in/ knowledge off singing and music related to the special world of Musical Comedy which, for a small segment of the population, is an alternate religion. People who watch "Glee" and take it seriously....people who watch "Smash" on tv, people who go to the theatre....this book is for you! Some of the voices who assist him on this audio book are among the biggest stars on Broadway.

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    Ric Kingwood, TX, United States 02-13-13
    Ric Kingwood, TX, United States 02-13-13
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    "UGHHHHH"
    Any additional comments?

    With the cast of narrators, I was looking forward to listening to this book.I made it through chapter 8 and I am not sure how. The Seth's narration grated on my nerves and the neurotic ramblings annoyed me even more. This book was just not for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alison Canada 05-03-12
    Alison Canada 05-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "So Much Fun"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    How can you have a favourite character in a book chock full of such colourful personalities?


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Stacey and Stephen were both hilarious, and Ronald was also pretty droll.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a fan of CBC's Wiretap, you will adjust quickly to the narrator's style, otherwise - give it a few chapters and he will grow on you! Funny book, great pacing and wonderful narrators. You are in for a great listen with this story.

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    jill v wehrer 03-24-12 Member Since 2008
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    "OMG!! Stop!!! Do not waste your credit!!"

    Worst main narrator EVER. Poor delivery, no sense of timing, obviously NOT a trained voice-over actor. I could only get through about 15 minutes of the book and I even had to stop and start it a few times to get into it just that far. Absolutely painful...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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