Theater superstars Audra McDonald, Lea Salonga and Melissa Errico have joined the line-up of talent participating in “The Seth Concert Series,” a weekly virtual concert series based on Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway series that originated at the Art House in Provincetown, Mass.
Hosted by musical director and Sirius XM star Rudetsky, Salonga will perform at 9 a.m. EDT and 8 p.m. EDT today; Errico at 8 p.m. EDT on July 5 and 3 p.m. EDT on July 6; and McDonald at 8 p.m. EDT on July 12 and 3 p.m. EDT on July 13. The first performances will be live, the second a repeat of the first. Tickets for each concert are $20 (early bird) and $25.00.
The series, which premiered as “Broadway @ The Art House,” is now entering its tenth season, and before the pandemic was offered in more than a dozen venues worldwide. Its current format continues to offer viewers a mix of behind-the-scenes stories prompted by Rudetsky’s questions and music from the artists’ careers. Other stars who have participated in it include Patti LuPone, Chita Rivera, Sutton Foster, Christine Ebersole, Kelli O’Hara, Neil Patrick Harris, Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rosie O’Donnell, Vanessa Williams, Jessie Mueller, Megan Hilty, Faith Prince, Megan Mullally, Cheyenne Jackson, Gavin Creel, Matthew Morrison, Darren Criss and Jane Krakowski.
Salonga is best known for her Tony Award winning role in Miss Saigon. In addition to the Tony, she has won the Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World awards in the field of musical theatet. She was also the first Asian to play Eponine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway and returned to the musical as Fantine in the 2006 revival. She has provided the singing voice of Princess Jasmine in Aladdin and Fa Mulan in Mulan and Mulan II. Currently, she serves as a judge on The Voice in the Philippines.
“The Maria Callas of American musical theater,” as described by Opera News. Melissa Errico is a Tony Award-nominated actress, singer and author. She has starred on Broadway in My Fair Lady, High Society and Les Miserables. The Wall Street Journal called her recent album, Sondheim Sublime, “the best all-Sondheim album ever recorded.” Errico’s history with Sondheim began when he selected her to star as Dot in Sunday In The Park With George at the Kennedy Center; she has since co-starred as Clara in Passion at Classic Stage Company and in the New York City Center Encores! production of the Sondheim/Rodgers musical Do I Hear A Waltz? She also starred in Michel Legand’s sole Broadway show, Amour and later collaborated with him on the album Legrand Affair. After his death in 2019, she was invited to be the sole American performer in a two-day memorial to him at Paris’ Le Grand Rex Theatre. Warner Music/Ghostlight Records recently reissued her symphonic album, which Legrand arranged and conducted, as “Legrand Affair (Deluxe Edition).” A contributor to The New York Times, she has been keeping busy during the pandemic offering live-streams and conversations, teaching master classes for students across the country, and producing an at-home cooking show, The Honest Cook, on Instagram.
.Audra McDonald is the winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards and an Emmy Award, as well as the 2015 National Medal of Arts, America’s highest honor for achievement in the arts, presented by President Barack Obama. Her Tony-winning performances were in Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. The Juilliard-trained soprano’s opera credits include La voix humaine and Send at Houston Grand Opera, and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at Los Angeles Opera. McDonald has released five solo albums on the Nonesuch label and recently released a new recording, Sing Happy, with the New York Philharmonic on Decca Gold. She also maintains a career as a concert artist, regularly appearing on stages worldwide and with leading international orchestras. Of her many roles, her favorites are the ones performed offstage: passionate advocate for equal rights and homeless youth, wife to actor Will Swenson, and mother.
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. His books include My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan and the sequel The Rise And Fall Of A Theater Geek (Random House). When Broadway shut down because of the pandemic, Rudetsky and his husband, James Wesley, began hosting and producing Stars In The House, a twice-daily livestream that features Broadway stars and TV reunions, and that has raised over $300,000 for The Actors Fund..