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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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    07-28-08
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    "Painful"

    I ordered it for something light, funny, interesting, and gay. It was not funny. I actually got agitated and could feel my blood pressure go up while listening. Not that the content or views were bad - it was just like listening to one of those people talk. You know the kind - never listens to anybody else, loves to hear themselves talk, everything is sarcastic, trying too hard to be funny - "Hey, if you don't listen to me, I will just become louder and more annoying until you do listen to me!". Just plain painful.

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jackie Brooklyn, NY, United States 02-19-13
    Jackie Brooklyn, NY, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Like Nails on a Chalkboard!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No - and I barely made it through chapter 3. The narration was unbearable. This is the first audio book I have ever had to quit altogether. I couldn't get into the story, because Mr. Rudetsky's shrill voice and self-important delivery was so off-putting.


    What was most disappointing about Seth Rudetsky’s story?

    The author's inability to remove himself from the text. His stranglehold prevented the narrative from ever taking off.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    No. Never.


    Did Broadway Nights inspire you to do anything?

    Broadway Nights inspired me to turn the volume down as far as it could possibly go, before turning it off and switching to music.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie Columbus, OH, United States 06-27-12
    Natalie Columbus, OH, United States 06-27-12 Member Since 2011

    I like mysteries, classics, and good non-fiction. Much of my audible listening takes place when I am working out and sweaty, so I like good plot-driven thrillers.

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    "Painful to listen to"
    What would have made Broadway Nights better?

    A different narrator.


    What was most disappointing about Seth Rudetsky’s story?

    The narration; the lack of cohesive story line.


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

    Anyone else. A good speaker.


    What character would you cut from Broadway Nights?

    The author.


    Any additional comments?

    I puchased this entire book from Audible and really regretted it. I forced myself to listen to about an hour and then simply deleted it from my computer.

    Please understand that I love broadway and I love music and I adore show tunes. But this writing (at least the first hour) is solipsistic, self-aggrandizing rambling.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 11-13-11
    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 11-13-11 Member Since 2004

    I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.

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    "Wanna hear a whiny voice carry on about nothing?"

    I've just begun this, even listened to a sample before buying it.....
    I can't take this whiny-voiced narrator carry on about nothing!
    One of the worst purchases I've made so far.
    No wonder it's on sale!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Lucas South San Francisco, CA, USA 07-19-11
    Doug Lucas South San Francisco, CA, USA 07-19-11 Member Since 2003

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    "Narrator a John Lovitz want-a-be"

    The story was cute and amusing but if Seth wanted John Lovitz to do the narration he should have hired him and not done the cheap imitation. Seth tried too hard using his voice to be funny and it ended up being irritating and grating on the ear after about 30 minutes. Worst of all it diminished the material.

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    Kevin Chalfont, PA, United States 06-11-10
    Kevin Chalfont, PA, United States 06-11-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Very Very Funny and at the same time annoying"

    First, I am from New York --- I have a good accent and the accent is not an issue, but as funny as these stories and Seth is, someone should have told him a narrator he is not....but I simply love Seth, his version/style of story telling. It was fun to try to figure out who's names were changed to protect the author! Anyway, if you are a theater nut this is a must...maybe the written format over the audio...but you get used to it (or are laughing so much you don't care much).

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    Hugo Napa, CA, USA 06-23-09
    Hugo Napa, CA, USA 06-23-09
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    "Self centered blabber"

    I made myself sit down and listen to this babbling idiot for 10 hours. Any 10 child could write this crap. I only did this because it was recommended by Dan Savage.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Martin
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    7/30/12
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    "Really great"

    I'm a musical fanatic living in the UK. Initially, the WAY over-the-top 'Americanishness' of this book (mainly from the author as the narrator) was difficult to get past - BUT - I am so glad I persisted.

    This book is HILARIOUS and an absolutely JOY for those with good musicals knowledge - the references to previous shows and little stories and insights to how the whole 'putting on a show' process works is absolutely wonderful and enthralling. Clearly anyone not into musicals probably wouldn't get past 5 minutes listening to this - but then you would only buy this in the first place if that was the case.

    Despite my initial reservations about the narrator, he really is funny and brings the whole thing alive. Really really great stuff. The fact that some of the other characters are voiced by other actors also really helps - and some of the interpretations are just comically brilliant!

    A really enjoyable listen - loved it!

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    3/18/10
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    "A Laugh Out Loud Download"

    Really enjoyed this- a laugh out loud- inside look at the world of broadway musicals brillantly read by the author (with the help of some of his celebrity friends).

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