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]; Mary Birdsong (from TV's RENO 911); 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; 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).
"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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By Michael on 08-07-08
A *must-have* for any fan of Broadway or humor!
If you've ever seen Seth Rudetsky in comedic action (and if you haven't, do yourself a favor and search for him on YouTube), then you know the kind of sassy and witty humor he brings to everything he does. When you *read* BROADWAY NIGHTS, you can already imagine hearing Seth's voice through the narrative. Well thanks to the gods of literature, we now have Seth himself--along with an uber-talented cast of other Broadway vets--reading his own book in this audible.com version.
You can already read an adequate plot summary in the book's description, so I won't bother to do that here. I *will* say that hearing Seth read his own work is an absolute riot--like David Sedaris reading his own work but with Seth's own unique brand of humor. In fact, most of the book sounds like Seth is just sitting next to you spontaneously telling a story, as opposed to reading from a book.
The only negative I can offer this particular audiobook is that the audio quality of even the highest quality download is too compressed--32kbps with a 22.050kHz sample rate and mono sound. It's not enough to ruin this audio book, but for anyone who is used to listening to books-on-CD it's a bit distracting at first.
Audio quality aside, this book is an absolute treat. The vocal casting is top-notch; the humor is pervasive; and the Broadway-insider stories are total treasures.
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By M. S. Cohen on 14-07-08
Fantastic! As much fun as seeing a Broadway show!
One of the more delightful books I've listened to from Audible.
Not only is the story a terrific one, but the cast of the audible book is a real treat. The author reads most of the book with wonderful emotions.
But the supporting cast is great. Their voices and inflections make the whole book come alive.
Anyone whose ever been to a Broadway show, visited or lived in New York, or just listened to a show tune will love this insightful story of musical theatre.
And watching the characters grow and change is wonderful.
I want more! This universe of characters is too rich to just fritter away.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful