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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Justin
  • MILWAUKEE, WI, United States
  • 04-22-13

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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  • Luchino
  • Brooklyn, N.Y. USA
  • 03-11-13

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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UGHHHHH

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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.

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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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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...

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  • Rita
  • Alexandria, VA, United States
  • 02-03-12

So this is what Broadway is like!

Once I got used to Seth's voice, I enjoyed listening to his eccentric way of speaking. This might be what life behind the Broadway stage is really like--the life of singers and actors and directors and their personal lives. It leads me to believe that most people in the musical theater world are gay--is that right? Anyway, funny!

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  • Morgan
  • Pittsburgh, PA, United States
  • 12-20-11

So much fun!

This was such a great book. It was funny, it was light and it went fast. There were a few moments that surprised me, but I did find it a bit predictable. The narrators were great! I think they really brought up the book because of weak plot. Really entertaining audio book. Well worth the listen.

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  • Alex
  • Orlando, FL, United States
  • 08-12-11

I love campy stuff, but this is just obnoxious!

Save your money. Story isn't good, acting isn't good, voices aren't good. B for effort though.

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  • Elizabeth
  • Doylestown, PA, United States
  • 04-05-11

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I love learning about any given sub-culture of American Life. I also love well-written books- any genre. But what I really love is hearing the author read his book aloud. Seth kicks ass- nothing more needs to be said! Thank you Dan Savage for the referral to Audible and this book!

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Go ahead, admit you sing along with the soundtrack

If you're a Broadway follower and want to laugh out loud in the car you should listen to Seth. Be warned, if you have never belted a song along with a Broadway recording, you won't find Seth funny. If you have, however, claimed either the sharks or the jets, own your own set of opera glasses or a collection of playbills, snapped along to a song, teased your hair or ever worn false eyelashes (or wish you had) you'll get a kick out of this memoir.