November 10, 2011

Seth Deconstructs in Chicago

Broadway funnyman Seth Rudetsky was in town this past weekend for his Deconstruction show and an auditioning masterclass. I managed to catch the Deconstruction show with two of my friends Friday night (11/4) at Mayne Stage in Rogers Park.

Seth talked about his obsession with belting and belters with his fave, Patti Lupone and Betty Buckley. He also gave lessons on what to listen for to become proficient in "deconstruction".

The funniest bits were him comparing Ms. Lupone's Evita with Madonna's (gasp!) and the bit where he deconstructed Cher doing West Side Maria, Tony, Anita as well as the Sharks and the Jets! By the end of the show, we were wiping tears of laughter off our faces! I've seen his Deconstruction show before at New World Stages in NYC but it's still pretty hilarious on second viewing (albeit not all the bits were the same). It was simply Ah-mazing!

I'd have to say that it was my first time at Mayne Stage and it is such a perfect venue! Not to small yet not too big but still very intimate. Plus they've got great sight lines from your seats and serve really good cheeseburgers! How can you go wrong?!!


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