Desert Foothills Theater fund raiser features Seth Rudetsky

Seth Rundetsky (submitted photo)

Seth Rundetsky (submitted photo)

Desert Foothills Theater, a division of the Foothills Community Foundation, is bringing SiriusXM radio’s Seth Rudetsky to Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., in Scottsdale, for a special one-night only “Seth’s Big Fat Broadway Show” at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25.

The show marks the popular performer’s first visit to Arizona.

The special fundraising event features Mr. Rudetsky’s trademark “deconstructions” in which he uses his audio and video collection to break down performances from Broadway divas such as Patti LuPone and Betty Buckley, according to a press release. He will also showcase mind-boggling videos, like The Osmonds singing a medley from “Fiddler On the Roof” or Cher performing all of “West Side Story.”

Meribeth Reeves, DFT managing director, attended Oberlin Conservatory with Mr. Rudetsky and thought bringing him to Arizona would create a unique fundraising opportunity for the community theater.

“Oberlin did not have a musical theater program, but there was a very active student theater program. As I was an actor and director, but not a confident singer, I would play in the pit for student musicals and he played the violin,” Ms. Reeves stated in the release. “At school he was such a fun, creative person. When I heard him on SiriusXM’s “On Broadway” channel, I was so excited to see the innovative way he has created a career for himself in the world he loves—the world of Broadway.”

Mr. Rudetsky is the afternoon host on SiriusXM’s “On Broadway” and host of Seth Speaks on SiriusXM’s Stars.

As a pianist, he has played for more than a dozen Broadway shows, including “Ragtime,” “Les Miserables” and “Phantom of the Opera.” His experience with Broadway and Off-Broadway shows is extensive, and he has received critical acclaim as a writer, actor, artistic producer and music director.

His television experience includes appearance on “Law & Order,” “All My Children” and he also worked for several years as a comedy writer for “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.”

Tickets range from $45 to $60.

For more information visit www.dftheater.org or call 480-488-1981.

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