Seth Rudetsky and Audra McDonald in Broadway Town Hall (photo by Sachyn Mital).
Tony-Winner Audra McDonald and Seth Rudetsky Coming to Steppenwolf's LookOut Series
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Historic six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald reunites with Sirius XM Radio star Seth Rudetsky off the heels of their critically acclaimed performances at Town Hall in New York City last November and the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco this past January. Produced by Mark Cortale, the unique format of this show that differentiates it from any other is a seamless mix of intimate behind-the-scenes stories prompted by Rudetsky’s insightful, funny and revealing questions - and the music from McDonald’s extraordinary career.
Two concerts in one evening, featuring show-stopping songs with spontaneous and humorous conversation, take place on Sunday, September 15 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N Halsted St.
Following the 7:30 p.m. performance, Steppenwolf is hosting an intimate Meet & Greet with Audra McDonald and Seth Rudetsky, where guests will have the opportunity to have items signed and pictures taken with McDonald and Rudetsky.
Audra McDonald, who currently stars on Broadway with Michael Shannon in the revival of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (NY Times critics pick), holds the record for more Tony Best Performance wins than any other actor in history, and is the only person to win all four acting categories. She became a three-time Tony Award winner by the age of 28 for her performances in Carousel, Master Class and Ragtime, placing her alongside Shirley Booth, Gwen Verdon and Zero Mostel by accomplishing this feat within five years. She won her fourth in 2004 for her role in A Raisin in the Sun, a role she reprised for a 2008 television adaptation, earning her a second EmmyAward nomination. On June 10, 2012, McDonald scored her fifth Tony Award win for her portrayal of Bess in Broadway’s The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, thus tying a record held by Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris for most Tony Awards won by an actor. In the 2014 Broadway season, she made history by winning her sixth Tony Award for her role as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. She also maintains her ties to classical repertoire with an active concert and recording career, performing song cycles and operas as well as concerts throughout the US.
Seth Rudetsky is the afternoon host on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio's On Broadway as well as the host of Seth Speaks on Sirius/XM Stars. As an author, he penned "My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan" and the sequel, "The Rise And Fall Of A Theater Geek" (Random House), as well as three volumes of "Seth's Broadway Diary" featuring inside scoop and hilarious stories from all of the stars he's worked with. He co-wrote and co-starred in Disaster! (NY Times critics pick), which also premiered to rave reviews in London. In June 2016, he and his husband, James Wesley, co-produced a recording of What The World Needs Now with stars like Idina Menzel, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Carole King and Audra McDonald which went to number one on iTunes and raised more than $100,000 for the Orlando shooting victims (and is still raising money. Buy it!). Seth and James have a foundation called Your Kids Our Kids that presented Concert For America, a series around the country featuring stars like Barry Manilow, Stephanie Mills, Vanessa Williams, Tina Fey, Randy Rainbow and Audra McDonald that raised money for 5 non-profits that have been working relentlessly since the 2016 presidential election.
Tickets are extremely limited and available for purchase online at steppenwolf.org or by calling Steppenwolf's Box Office at 312-335-1650.
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