Broadway pianist Seth Rudetsky takes center stage

February 27, 2014 • Entertainment

In this Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 photo, pianist Seth Rudetsky poses for photos in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Rudetsky played for Audra McDonald’s senior recital at Julliard long before she became a star and he’s Patti LuPone’s go-to accompanist. But Rudetsky has taken center stage more recently in the off-Broadway 1970s-style musical “Disaster!” which he co-wrote and stars in. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

MIAMI (AP) — Few have more connections in the Broadway ecosystem than Seth Rudetsky. He played the piano for Audra McDonald’s senior recital at Juilliard — long before she was a star. He’s Patti LuPone’s go-to accompanist and Tina Fey attended the opening night of his new off-Broadway show.

The Broadway pianist, radio show host, author and playwright can always be counted on for dramatically over the top stories along with his computer-like archive of Broadway trivia.

But perhaps his most endearing trait is that the jack of all trades, the “Ahmaaazing Rudetsky,” as he’s referred to on his hit Sirius XM Radio show, is as a much ardent fan as he is performer. He still gets emotional when he gets to perform alongside his childhood favorites like Andrea McArdle. (He recently got her to reprise the role of “Annie” on a cruise and cast himself as an orphan.)

Rudetsky has played the piano in the orchestra pit for some of Broadway’s biggest hits, including “Ragtime” and “The Producers.” He Login to read more

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