REMEMBER THEIR NAMES! THE CAST OF THE “FAME” TV SERIES
TO REUNITE ON “STARS IN THE HOUSE”
Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley Host September 26th in Support of The Actors Fund
NEW YORK (September 25, 2020) – Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley announced today that the cast of the hit TV series “Fame” will join them LIVE on Saturday, September 26 at 8 PM ET for “Stars in the House.” Debbie Allen, Jesse Borrego, Michael Cerveris, Loretta Chandler, Lee Curreri, Erica Gimpel, Valerie Landsburg, and PR Paul will dust off their dancing shoes and instruments to revisit the hallowed halls of the New York City High School for the Performing Arts. The multi-talented group will reminisce about their time on the TV show and of course, there will be live music! The 1982 “Kids from Fame” album saw huge success in the United States, but even more so oversees, where it spent 46 weeks on the UK charts, 12 of them at #1!
The episode will stream LIVE on the Stars In The House YouTube channel, and StarsInTheHouse.com, and fans tuning in will be able to ask questions and donate to The Actors Fund for a chance to have their names read by the stars on air and, of course, there will be live singing.
VIDEO: Watch a Special Birthday Celebration on Stars in the House
Juli turns 20 on today's special surprise episode.
Stars in the House continues tonight (8pm) with a special celebration! Seth and James' daughter, Juli, turns 20 with special surprise guests to join for her birthday milestone!??
CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA RETURN
POSTED ON SEP 18, 2020 IN NEWS AND PREVIEWS
Inspired by Gingold Theatrical Group’s 2019 production of Bernard Shaw’s Caesar and Cleopatra, David Staller will direct and host this FREE virtual online benefit on Sunday September 27th at 2 pm to benefit The Actors Fund.
Stars in the House Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley will present the production featuring original cast members Mirirai Sithole, (School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play (Lortel Award), The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, Mother Courage and Her Children), Jeff Applegate (National Tours of Mamma Mia!, Cheers: Live on Stage), Rajesh Bose (Henry VI, The Seagull – NAATCO, Pygmalion – Bedlam), Brenda Braxton (Broadway: Chicago, Smokey Joe’s Café – Tony Award nomination, Jelly’s Last Jam, Cats, Legs Diamond), Robert Cuccioli (Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde – Tony Award nomination, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Les Miserables), Dan Domingues (Wild Goose Dreams – Public Theater; The Undertaking – The Civilians; The Cherry Orchard – Atlantic Theater), and Jonathan Hadley (Broadway: Jersey Boys; Finian’s Rainbow – Irish Rep; A Class Act – MTC).
VIDEO: Watch a HERCULES Reunion on Stars in the House
Bless my soul! Herc is back!
Hercules is a 1997 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation for Walt Disney Pictures. The 35th Disney animated feature film and the eighth animated film produced during the Disney Renaissance, the film was directed by Ron Clements and John Musker.
VIDEO: STARS IN THE HOUSE Honors Ruth Bader Ginsburg With Special Episode
Special guests on the episode include Audra McDonald, Kelli O’Hara, Rob McClure and more.
"We're all sad but posting "We're doomed" etc doesn't honor her memory," Rudetsky wrote. "She'd want us to be powerful!!!! Fill out the census, double-check that you're registered to vote and spread the word about PollHero.org to get young people working the polls on election day!"
CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND Cast Will Return on STARS IN THE HOUSE
The reunion episode will take place on Wednesday, September 16th at 8 PM ET. Star and Creator Rachel Bloom will be joined by Skylar Astin, Kat Burns, Donna Lynne Champlin, Peter Gardner, David Hull, Erick Lopez, Vella Lovell, Michael McMillian, Clark Moore, Burl Moseley, Esther Povitsky, Vincent Rodriguez III, Gabrielle Ruiz, and maybe even some surprise guests!
For their return episode, the cast and creatives of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" are going to focus on fan questions! Fans tuning in will be able to ask the questions they've always wondered in real time, donate to The Actors Fund for a chance to have their names read by the stars on air, and help Seth and James celebrate the six-month anniversary of the show! And of course, like all episodes of "Stars in the House," there's a good chance there will be some LIVE music!
The Cast of Be More Chill to Reunite This Week on
Stars in the House
Some fan-favorite reunions are in store for this week's episodes of Stars in the House, a daily online series from SiriusXM On Broadway personality Seth Rudetsky and his husband, producer James Wesley. The series goes live daily at 8PM ET on The Actors Fund's YouTube channel. A schedule of this week's appearances can be found below.
Tuesday, September 8
9:30PM ET: Be More Chill reunion with Joe Iconis, George Salazar, Will Roland, Jason Tam, Britton Smith, Tiffany Mann, Katie Carlson, Lauren Marcus, Gerard Canonico, Jason SweetTooth Williams, Cameron Bond, Troy Iwata, Talia Suskauer, Joel Waggoner and Stephanie Hsu.
VIDEO: Watch a FLOWER DRUM SONG Reunion on Stars in the House
Flower Drum Song premiered on Broadway in 1958.
Stars in the House continues tonight (8pm) with a Flower Drum Song reunion with David Henry Hwang, Alvin Ing, Baayork Lee, Jose Llana and Lea Salonga.
Flower Drum Song was the eighth musical by the team of Rodgers and Hammerstein. It is based on the 1957 novel, The Flower Drum Song, by Chinese-American author C. Y. Lee. It premiered on Broadway in 1958 and was then performed in the West End and on tour. It was adapted for a 1961 musical film. It last appeared on Broadway in 2002.
Stars in the House Welcomes Shoshana Bean and Laura Bell Bundy August 27
Stars in the House, the daily live streamed concert series created by Playbill correspondent and SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky and producer James Wesley, welcomes Tony nominee Laura Bell Bundy (Legally Blonde, Wicked) and Shoshana Bean (Waitress, Wicked) August 27.
Bundy, Bean, and Tony winner Anika Noni Rose recently released a single and music video for “Get It Girl, You Go,” an ode to female empowerment across America.
Stars in the House Reunites Side Show Stars Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley August 29
Stars in the House, the daily live streamed concert series created by Playbill correspondent and SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky and producer James Wesley, reunites the co-stars of the 1997 Tony-nominated Broadway musical Side Show August 29.
The stream will be available above beginning at 8 PM. (The Next to Normal reunion has been rescheduled for September 15.)
VIDEO: Watch a SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Reunion on Stars in the House
The show opened on Broadway in 1995.
Stars in the House continues tonight (8pm) with a SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Reunion with Brenda Braxton and more!
SMOKEY'S JOE'S CAFÉ celebrates the pop hits written by the team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller during the 1950s and 60s, including "Kansas City," "On Broadway," "Poison Ivy," "Yakety Yak," "Charlie Brown," "Hound Dog," 'I'm A Woman," " Love Potion #9," "Jailhouse Rock" and "Spanish Harlem." The musical was nominated for seven Tony Awards in 1995.
Stars in the House Reunites Pippin Stars Andrea Martin, Matthew James Thomas, Rachel Bay Jones, More
Stars in the House, the daily live streamed concert series created by Playbill correspondent and SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky and producer James Wesley, celebrates the 2013 Tony-winning revival of Pippin August 22.
Guests include co-stars Tony nominee Charlotte d'Amboise (A Chorus Line), Tony winner Rachel Bay Jones (Dear Evan Hansen), Tony nominee Terrence Mann (Cats), Tony winner Andrea Martin (My Favorite Year), and Matthew James Thomas (Time and the Conways).
VIDEO: Watch Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens on STARS IN THE HOUSE
The composing team will appear on tonight's episode.
Lynn Ahrens won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards and received two Grammy nominations for Broadway's Ragtime. For Twentieth Century Fox's animated feature film Anastasia, she was nominated for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globes. She and longtime collaborator Stephen Flaherty received the Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement, and in 2015 they were inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. Broadway: Anastasia; Once On This Island (Olivier Award, Best Musical; Tony nominations, Best Book and Score); Seussical (Grammy nomination); My Favorite Year; Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life; Rocky; Madison Square Garden's A Christmas Carol; Ragtime (2010 Broadway revival).
Stephen Flaherty is the composer of the Broadway musicals Ragtime (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Grammy nominations), Once On This Island (Tony nomination, London's Olivier Award, Best Musical), Seussical (Grammy, Drama Desk nominations), Rocky and Anastasia. Additional Broadway credits include Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life (original songs) and Neil Simon's Proposals (incidental music). He composed the scores for four musicals at Lincoln Center Theatre: The Glorious Ones (OCC, Drama Desk nominations), Dessa Rose (OCC, Drama Desk nominations), A Man of No Importance (OCC, Best Musical, Drama Desk nomination) and My Favorite Year. Other theater includes In Your Arms (Old Globe), Little Dancer (Kennedy Center), Lucky Stiff (Playwrights Horizons) and Loving Repeating (Chicago's Jefferson Award, Best New Musical.)
Stars in the House Welcomes Celia Rose Gooding, Lilla Crawford, Presley Ryan, More August 19
Stars in the House, the daily live streamed concert series created by Playbill correspondent and SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky and producer James Wesley, celebrates Gen-Z Broadway favorites August 19.
Stars in the House Reunites Carnegie Mellon Graduates Michael McElroy, Billy Porter, Jack Plotnick, More
Stars in the House, the daily live streamed concert series created by Playbill correspondent and SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky and producer James Wesley, reunites several Carnegie Mellon University graduates August 18.
Guests include Broadway Inspirational Voices Founder Michael McElroy (2019 Tony Honoree for Excellence in the Theatre), Kinky Boots Tony winner and Pose Emmy winner Billy Porter, Disaster! director and librettist Jack Plotnick, Miss Saigon's Tami Tappan, and Grease's Ty Taylor.
VIDEO: Watch Alex Lacamoire on STARS IN THE HOUSE
The Broadway music man is the special guest on tonight's episode.
Stars in the House continues today (8pm) as guest Host Andréa Burns welcomes Tony, Grammy & Emmy Award winning Music Director and Orchestrator, Alex Lacamoire!
Lacamoire won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Orchestrations for HAMILTON. He served as the Music Director, Orchestrator and Co-Arranger for HAMILTON. He has won a Tony and a Grammy for his work on In the Heights and a Tony for Dear Evan Hansen. For Hamilton, he was awarded an Obie and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. Select credits: Bring It On, Wicked, 9 to 5 (Drama Desk and Grammy nominations), Bat Boy, Godspell (2001 national tour), High Fidelity, Annie (2011 Broadway revival), Fly (Dallas Theater Center), Working (59E59), The Wiz (City Center), Legally Blonde, Dear Even Hansen (Arena Stage). He is an Emmy-nominated composer for "Sesame Street."
VIDEO: Watch a CARRIE Reunion on STARS IN THE HOUSE
Tune in for a bloody wonderful reunion!
Carrie is a musical with a book by Lawrence D. Cohen, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, and music by Michael Gore. Adapted from Stephen King's 1974 novel Carrie, it focuses on an awkward teenage girl with telekinetic powers whose lonely life is dominated by an oppressive religious fanatic mother. When she is humiliated by her classmates at the high school prom, she unleashes chaos on everyone and everything in her path.
Originally premiering in England in 1988, Carrie came to Broadway the same year, but closed after 16 previews and 5 performances. Because of the passionate response from both its critics and its fans, the show is considered one of the most notable failures in Broadway theatre history.
Stars in the House Reunites John & Jen's Carolee Carmello, James Ludwig, Andrew Lippa, and Tom Greenwald
Stars in the House, the daily live streamed concert series created by Playbill correspondent and SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky and producer James Wesley, celebrates the 1996 Off-Broadway musical John & Jen August 14.
Watch Cast of Newsies, Including Jeremy Jordan, Kara Lindsay, More, Reunite
The reunion comes a week before Newsies streams free on Playbill, along with never-before-seen content with the cast.
Stars in the House, the daily live streamed concert series created by Playbill correspondent and SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky and producer James Wesley, welcomed cast members from the filmed version of the Broadway musical Newsies August 13.
VIDEO: Watch the Chers of THE CHER SHOW Reunite on STARS IN THE HOUSE
Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks and Micaela Diamond are back again!
The Cher Show, featuring a book by Tony Award winner Rick Elice and direction by Tony Award nominee Jason Moore, officially opened on Broadway on Monday, December 3, 2018 at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre. It closed after almost 300 performances on August 18, 2019. The Cher Show received two Tony Awards last year including Stephanie J. Block for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role and Bob Mackie for Best Costume Design of a Musical.
Stars in the House Reunites Freestyle Love Supreme Members August 5
Stars in the House, the daily live streamed concert series created by Playbill correspondent and SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky and producer James Wesley, will reunite members of the Off-Broadway and Broadway hit Freestyle Love Supreme August 5.
Guests will include Anthony Veneziale, Aneesa Folds, Kaila Mullady, Andrew Bancroft, Chris Sullivan, Arthur Lewis, and Tarik Davis. The stream will be available above beginning at 8 PM.
Following a hit run downtown, Freestyle Love Supreme officially opened on Broadway at the Booth Theatre in October 2019 for a limited run. A blend of hip-hop, improvisational theatre, music, and vocal stylings, the performance was created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, and Veneziale and featured a core nightly cast as well a number of guest stars throughout the run—including Miranda, James Monroe Iglehart, Daveed Diggs, and Christopher Jackson.
Harry Hamlin, Jimmy Smits, and Blair Underwood to reunite with L.A. Law castmates for Stars In The House
Harry Hamlin, Jimmy Smits, and Blair Underwood will reunite with their L.A. Law castmates for Stars In The House's benefit for The Actors Fund, which streams Tuesday night at 8pm EST.
Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley host the virtual reunion - which will also feature Corbin Bernsen, Susan Dey, Jill Eikenberry, Michele Greene, Alan Rachins, and Michael Tucker.
The talented ensemble cast portrayed staff from the fictional Los Angeles-based law firm McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney, and Kuza.
Norman Lear, Mackenzie Phillips & Valerie Bertinelli Set For ‘One Day At A Time’ Live Benefit Reunion
Norman Lear will reunite with the surviving cast members of the original One Day At A Time – Valerie Bertinelli, Mackenzie Phillips, Michael Lembeck and Glenn Scarpelli – to support The Actors Fund.
The One Day gang, along with producer Patricia Fass Palmer, will be live-from-home guests on this Thursday’s episode of Stars in the House, the YouTube series hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley.
In April, Lear appeared on Stars in the House with the cast of Pop TV’s One Day re-do with cast members Rita Moreno, Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell, Isabella Gomez, Marcel Ruiz and Stephen Tobolowsky.
A CHORUS LINE Will Celebrate 45th Anniversary On STARS IN THE HOUSE With Donna McKechnie, Ronald Dennis and More
Kay Cole, Ronald Dennis, Trish Garland, Nancy Lane, Baayork Lee, Robert LuPone, Donna McKechnie and Don Percassi Will Reunite
A-Five, six, seven, eight! 45 years to the day after the curtain first rose on "A Chorus Line," Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley announced today that many members of the original cast of the singular sensation will come together on "Stars In The House" LIVE Saturday, July 25th at 8 PM ET on the Stars In The House YouTube channel and on starsinthehouse.com. Kay Cole (Maggie), Ronald Dennis (Richie), Trish Garland (Judy), Nancy Lane (Bebe), Baayork Lee (Connie), Robert LuPone (Zach), Donna McKechnie (Cassie), and Don Percassi (Al) will look back on what they did for love as they share secrets from the making of one of Broadway's most beloved musicals in support of The Actors Fund. Fans who submit questions or donate to The Actors Fund might just make the cut to have their names read by the stars on air. And of course, like every episode of "Stars in The House," there will be LIVE music! And speaking of music, Fran Leibergall, Marvin Hamlisch's right-hand person, and the pianist who is so featured on the original cast album, will join as well. Who could forget her signature piano vamp intro to "Hello, 12" or the beautiful opening piano notes of "What I Did For Love"?
‘Rent’ Original Cast Members Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal and Daphne Rubin-Vega Reminisce About the Groundbreaking Broadway Musical
It’s been much longer than five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes since “Rent” stars Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal and Daphne Rubin-Vega have last reunited, but they caught up Wednesday to reminisce about their experience working on Jonathan Larson’s hit Broadway show.
The actors joined Sirius XM host Seth Rudetsky and producer James Wesley for a conversation about their time on the groundbreaking musical. The live-streamed event was held to support The Actors Fund.
Debbie Allen, Lee Curreri, Laura Dean and More From FAME to Appear on
STARS IN THE HOUSE
Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley announced today that the High School of Performing Arts class of 1980, better known as the original stars of "Fame," will celebrate their 40 year reunion on "Stars In The House" LIVE Thursday, July 23nd at 8 PM ET on the Stars In The House YouTube channel and on starsinthehouse.com. Debbie Allen (Lydia), Lee Curreri (Bruno Martelli), Laura Dean (Lisa Monroe), Antonia Franceschi (Hillary Van Doren), Michael Gore (Composer), and Dean Pitchford (Lyricist) will remember (remember, remember) what it was like to bring this iconic story and score to life in support of The Actors Fund. Fans tuning in can ask the questions they've always wanted answered in real time, and donate to The Actors Fund for the chance to have their names read by the stars on air. And of course, like every episode of "Stars in The House," there will be LIVE music!
Lisa Kudrow & 'The Comeback' Cast to Reunite on 'Stars in the House'!
Lisa Kudrow‘s The Comeback is coming back!
Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley announced on Friday (July 17) that Lisa will join the cast and creators of The Comeback as they stage a comeback of their own to support The Actors Fund on Stars In The House, streaming live on Tuesday (July 21) at 8 p.m. ET on the Stars In The House YouTube channel and on starsinthehouse.com.
Lisa will be joined by executive producer Michael Patrick King, Dan Bucatinsky (Executive Producer/Billy), Laura Silverman (Jane), Lance Barber (Paulie G), and Damian Young (Mark) to discuss the cult hit.
Fans can ask questions in real time and donate to The Actors Fund for the chance to have their names read on air.
Scandal stars are reuniting for coronavirus relief
Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn, Bellamy Young and more cast members from the Shonda Rhimes ABC drama will appear on Stars in the House next Wednesday to benefit The Actors Fund.
Cast of cult HBO classic 'The Comeback' reuniting to support artists in need
The cast and creators of the Emmy-nominated cult HBO classic "The Comeback" will reunite on July 21 at 8 p.m. ET as part of the "Stars In the House" daily live-streamed concert series. Guest will include the show's creator and star Lisa Kudrow, director and executive producer Michael Patrick King (who also directed "Sex In the City"), executive producer and co-star Dan Bucatinsky (most recently seen in ABC's "Baker And The Beauty") as well as actors Laura Silverman, Lance Barber and Damian Young.
"Stars In the House" is hosted by SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky and producer James Wesley. New shows air almost every day, distantly uniting cast members of popular TV shows, movies and Broadway shows (such as the casts of "Star Trek: Voyager," "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" and "Melrose Place.") It debuted on March 16 to support the Actors Fund, which supports artists as theatres on and off-Broadway closed their doors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has also raised funds for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
Ben Stiller to remember dad in livestream
Ben Stiller is to share family memories about his late father Jerry during an episode of live-streaming series Stars In The House.
Ben will join a host of stars who have sung, shared stories, to help raise money for The Actors Fund to help arts workers hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic by appearing on next Tuesday’s (July 7, 2020) episode of the show.
The episode will feature the Zoolander actor discussing how his family inspired his entertainment career, two months after his beloved dad, Jerry, who starred as Frank Costanza in Seinfeld, passed away, aged 92.
Casts of 30 ROCK, CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND and More to Appear on STARS IN THE HOUSE
"Broadway Record Breakers": On Tuesday, July 14th at 8 PM ET, Seth and James are joined by members of one of theatre's most elite clubs, the Broadway Record Breakers:
Marlene Danielle, a "Cats" cast member for its entire 18 year Broadway run
Alton Fitzgerald White, who played 4,308 performances as Mufasa in "The Lion King"
Donna Marie Asbury, the Guinness World Record holder for the longest career playing the same character in a Broadway show after 20 years in the cast of "Chicago"
"30 Rock" Reunion: On Wednesday, July 15th at 8 PM ET, Tina Fey, Jane Krakowski, and more surprise guests will celebrate the upcoming one-night-only return of "30 Rock" with favorite stories and behind-the-scenes secrets from the show!
"Crazy Ex- Girlfriend" Reunion: On Friday, July 17th at 8 PM ET, Rachel Bloom (Rebecca Bunch), Skylar Astin (Greg), Donna Lynne Champlin (Paula), Scott Michael Foster (Nathaniel), Pete Gardner (Darryl), David Hull (Josh Wilson), Vella Lovell (Heather), Vincent Rodriguez III (Josh Chan), and Gabrielle Ruiz (Valencia) will reunite for the first time since last year's finale.
Tina Fey reveals how the 30 Rock special came about while Jane Krakowski and others share new stories on Stars In The House
The cast of 30 Rock returns on Thursday night with 30 Rock: A One-Time Special on NBC, with Tina Fey revealing how the special came to be. Fey, who starred in and co-created the series with Robert Carlock, returns as Liz Lemon in the special, along with the rest of the 30 Rock cast. Fey was joined by Jane Krakowski, Scott Adsit, Keith Powell, composer Jeff Richmond (who is also Fey's husband) and Maulik Pancholy on Stars In the House on Wednesday, to discuss how the show came to be.
RECAP: Andrea Martin, Audra McDonald, Will Swenson, and More Joined STARS IN THE HOUSE to Celebrate James Wesley's Birthday
Stars in the House continued Monday night (8pm) for Seth's Virtual Birthday Party for James with some surprise guests! This episode was in support of The Actor's Fund.
Next, Andrea Martin joined and shared her first impression of James. "When I first met you, you were just dating Seth and you came to my apartment with Julie and I think she was five or six...and I thought when I first met you, the first thing I thought was what a wonderful father you were. You were so attentive...you were so focused on her and making her feel safe...The greatest gift I've gotten from you and Seth is the privilege of being Julie's Godmother so I think of you as family. I love you both."
Ben Stiller To Share Family Memories and Behind-The-Scenes Stories On
STARS IN THE HOUSE
Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley announced today that Ben Stiller will join them LIVE for a very special edition of "Stars In The House," streaming Tuesday, July 7th at 8 PM ET on the Stars In The House YouTube channel and on starsinthehouse.com. Stiller will reminisce on growing up with his legendary parents and his own impressive career as an actor and director in support of The Actors Fund. Fans tuning in will be able to interact with Stiller in real time, ask questions, and donate to The Actors Fund for the chance to have their names read on air. And of course, like all episodes of "Stars in the House" - there will be LIVE music!
Stars in the House Welcomes Vasthy Mompoint, Christopher Gattelli, Joseph Benincasa, Tom Viola
Stars in the House, the daily live streamed concert series created by Playbill correspondent and SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky and producer James Wesley, welcomes Actors Fund President and CEO Joseph Benincasa, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Executive Director Tom Viola, Tony-winning choreographer Christopher Gattelli (Newsies), and actor Vasthy Mompoint (The Prom) July 1 at 8 PM ET.
Watch the stream above.
Money raised during the stream will go to The Actors Fund.
Stars in the House launched March 16 to promote support for The Actors Fund and its services in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. It has also raised funds for the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Broadway Is Dark Until 2021 but You Can Still See Live Theater—Here's How
The show must go on, even if only from your couch instead of a theater. On June 29, the Broadway League announced that performances in New York City will be suspended for the rest of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Broadway shows are one of the many things canceled or postponed since March this year.
Stars in the House
Part of Stars in the House's online content is its Plays in the House series, in which "luminaries of stage and screen read classics and new works" to raise money for the Actors Fund to help entertainment professionals in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Past performers on the show since it began on March 16 have included Jason Alexander, Kristen Chenoweth, Jeremy Jordan and Audra McDonald, to name a few. Upcoming performances include a reading of Die, Mommie, Die! on Wednesday, July 1 at 2 p.m. It will be available online until Saturday, July 4 at 2 p.m. The series can be live-streamed daily on its YouTube channel and StarsInTheHouse.com daily at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Producer James Wesley, co-creator of Stars in the House, told Newsweek that theater is something audiences need now more than ever. "There are two things that make theater magical and transformative: It's live, and it's interactive—whether through applause, laughter or gasps. And we need that now more than ever. I'd like to think that we provide that in our own way during COVID—we're always live (where anything can happen and usually does) and viewers can write comments that we share with the stars on our show and with our audience."
Charles Busch Brings DIE, MOMMIE, DIE! Back to Life in Upcoming Reading on STARS IN THE HOUSE
Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley announced today that Charles Busch will reprise his iconic performance as Angela Arden in a reading of his classic comedy "Die, Mommie, Die!" on Wednesday, July 1st at 2 PM ET as part of "Stars In The House's" "Plays In The House" series. Carl Andress will narrate the story and direct a killer cast, including Busch, Brandon Contreras (Lance Sussman), Jennifer Cody (Edith Sussman), Willie Garson (Sol Sussman), Ruth Williamson (Bootsie Carp), and BD Wong (Tony Parker), in support of The Actors Fund. Fans can watch live on the Stars In The House YouTube channel and on starsinthehouse.com, and will be able to donate to The Actors Fund during the performance. Those who can't join the live audience will still be able to enjoy the show online until 2 PM ET on Saturday, July 4th.
Marlo Thomas Hosts Free to Be… You and Me Episode of Stars in the House June 26
Stage and screen star Marlo Thomas hosts a special Free to Be… You and Me episode of Stars in the House, the daily live streamed concert series created by Playbill correspondent and SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky and producer James Wesley, June 26. Watch the stream above beginning at 8 PM ET.
Guests include Rosie O’Donnell, Marlee Matlin, Sara Bareilles, Harry Belafonte, Drew Barrymore, Audra McDonald, Benj Pasek, Debra Messing, Free to Be Foundation Co-Founder Gloria Steinem, Michael McElroy, and more who will talk about the impact that Free to Be…You and Me had on their lives as a groundbreaking project that celebrated individuality.
'Stars in the House' Recruits Drew Barrymore, Debra Messing and More to Honor Marlo Thomas' 'Free to Be … You and Me'
The special is dedicated to the inclusive children's work and will feature a cover of the Grammy- and Emmy Award-winning song by Sara Bareilles.
Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley have recruited a star-studded lineup for a special episode of their Stars in the House pandemic series inspired by Marlo Thomas and Free to Be … You and Me, her iconic children's entertainment project that she conceived, created and produced.
The special is set for June 26 at 5 p.m. PT (8 p.m. ET) when it will stream on the Stars in the House YouTube channel and on the official website. Thomas, who envisioned the work as a way to present anti-racist, anti-sexist entertainment for children, will join Rudetsky and Wesley to talk about the work and its impact.
Marlo Thomas Set For ‘Free To Be…You And Me’ Special On ‘Stars In The House’
Marlo Thomas will join Stars In The House creators and hosts Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley Friday on their YouTube series to celebrate the actress’ groundbreaking 1970s TV special Free To Be…You and Me. The Stars In The House episode will also feature a new version of the Free To Be.. theme song sung by Sara Bareilles.
Bareilles will join Thomas and the hosts, as will Harry Belafonte, Drew Barrymore, Audra McDonald, Benj Pasek, Debra Messing, Gloria Steinem and Michael McElroy.
Viewers will will be able to interact with guests in real time, ask questions, and donate to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
“During this turbulent time of quarantine and social injustice,” Thomas said, “freedom for children as well as adults is on the line like never before. Also, in order to better embrace the non-binary community, we changed a lyric that referred to ‘boys’ and ’girls’ growing up to be ‘men’ and ‘women.’ The line now proclaims, ‘Every child in this land, may you all understand, that you’re proud and you’re strong and you are right where you belong.’”
65th Annual Drama Desk Awards Take Place June 13
The 65th annual Drama Desk Awards take place June 13. The proceedings had twice been shifted: first due to the coronavirus pandemic, which moved the event from New York City's Town Hall May 31 to online. The ceremony was then put on hold that day in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Special Awards will be given to The Actors Fund, Seth Rudetsky, and James Wesley for their coronavirus relief efforts (particularly their Stars in the House series); The Public Theater's Mobile Unit; WP Theater and the late Julia Miles; and intimacy director Claire Warden. Additionally, the ceremony will posthumously honor Harold Prince as the inaugural recipient of a namesake lifetime achievement distinction.
'Stars in the House' brings Broadway's best inside your home
NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Even though New York City Theater District remains dark, a webcast called "Stars in the House" makes it possible to hear the best of Broadway without leaving your house.
Twice a week, the brightest stars shine live from their homes, and it costs nothing to log on.
It's a way for both actors and audience to stay engaged, but it's also raising money for those in need.
Since Kelli O'Hara kicked off the series in the middle of March, the stars in this house have been as varied as show business itself, and folks from all around the world are watching.
"It puts people in a great mood and it relaxes them because there's a lot of anxiety out there," says Seth Rudetsky, who conceived the show as a way for him and his husband, James Wesley, to stay busy and help others during the dark days after the lights went out.
While the live show is free on You Tube, viewers are encouraged to donate to the Actors Fund.
VIDEO: Ramin Karimloo, Sierra Boggess, Norm Lewis, Howard McGillin, and Hugh Panaro on STARS IN THE HOUSE
The Actors Fund has teamed with SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky and his husband, producer James Wesley, to produce a daily online show, entitled Stars in The House, featuring stars of stage and screen singing and performing live (from home!) on social media to promote support for The Fund's services.
Watch the full episode below!
RECAP: Wilson Cruz Talked About Being the First Openly Gay Actor to Play an Openly Gay Series Regular on Primetime Television on STARS IN THE HOUSE
Stars in The House continued Friday night (8pm) with Wilson Cruz.
Wilson talked about getting the role of Ricky in MY SO-CALLED LIFE in the 90's. "Winnie Holzman wrote this pilot and in the pilot, she wrote this character, Ricky Vasquez, who was half black and half Puerto Rican. She has said she went to the casting director Mary Goldberg at the time and said 'we're going to have a hard time finding this person.' So they thought they were going to have to go outside the normal casting but no, I showed up."
"I was the first openly gay actor to play an openly gay series regular role on Primetime TV...I knew I had to step up and be the person I had always wanted to see and to be that for young people and to be a vessel really for that story. To expand people's minds. There is not a day that someone does not reach out to me...to tell me what that role meant to them. It never gets old and I cry every time because it meant something to me."
Audra McDonald, Adrienne Warren, Brandon Victor Dixon and More to Appear on STARS IN THE HOUSE
The founding members of Black Theatre United, a new coalition to combat systemic racism in theatre, will appear on Thursday, June 18th at 8 PM ET. Audra McDonald, LaChanze, Brandon Victor Dixon, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Lillias White will speak with Seth and James about the organization's first initiatives and plans to empower the theatre community through activism.
VANESSA WILLIAMS TO APPEAR ON AN ALL-NEW “STARS IN THE HOUSE” TO BENEFIT THE NAACP LEGAL DEFENSE FUND
NEW YORK (June 17, 2020) – Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley announced today that stage and screen favorite Vanessa Williams will join them LIVE on “Stars In The House” on Wednesday, June 24th at 8 PM ET on the Stars In The House YouTube channel and on starsinthehouse.com. Vanessa will share favorite stories from her illustrious career in support of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the charity Stars In The House has been raising money for throughout June. Janai Nelson, Associate Director-Counsel of LDF, will appear as a special guest to share why viewers’ support of the fund means more now than ever. Fans tuning in will be able to interact with Vanessa and Janai in real time, ask questions, and donate to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund for the chance to have their names read by Vanessa on air. And of course, like all episodes of “Stars in the House” – there will be LIVE music!
VIDEO: Watch Christine Daae Day on STARS IN THE HOUSE
As BroadwayWorld previously reported, the Actors Fund, the national human services organization for everyone in performing arts and entertainment, has teamed with SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky and his husband, producer James Wesley, to produce a daily online show, entitled Stars in The House, featuring stars of stage and screen singing and performing live (from home!) on social media to promote support for The Fund's services.
RECAP: Norm Lewis, Telly Leung, Renée Elise Goldsberry, and Michael McElroy Talked About BROADWAY INSPIRATIONAL VOICES on STARS IN THE HOUSE
Michael McElroy of BROADWAY INSPIRATIONAL VOICES talked about the origins of the choir. "There wasn't anything that was really speaking to the heart, to the spirit, that part of you that could not reconcile what was happening to our community [during the AIDS epidemic]...so I grew up in church, I grew up with this incredible music legacy...I knew how much this music meant to me. I knew how much this music healed me. So I wanted to bring it to the theatre community so I asked like 11 friends and we did an evening of Gospel music as a benefit for Broadway Cares and the response was amazing. It was overwhelming because we created a space that was diverse...it was a welcoming space for everybody and people had an opportunity to come and to laugh and to grieve and to cry and to celebrate in their way in an environment that was inclusive and celebrated everybody so that was the first year."
Patrick Page and More to Star in MACBETH Presented by PLAYS IN THE HOUSE
Tony nominated Hadestown star Patrick Page will star opposite Hannah Yelland (Brief Encounter, Nicholas Nickleby) in a special livestream of MACBETH this Saturday, June 13th beginning 2pm EDT presented by PLAYS IN THE HOUSE. The virtual production, directed by Gary Sloan, will be available for four days on YouTube following its live performance.
Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway Concert Series to Debut as Weekly Virtual Event
Producer Mark Cortale has announced that Seth Rudetsky’s internationally acclaimed Broadway concert series that first began in Provincetown at The Art House in 2011 will debut as a weekly virtual series entitled The Seth Concert Series. Hosted by beloved musical director and Sirius XM Star Seth Rudetsky, the first event will take place on Sunday, May 31 and will feature Tony award-winning actress Kelli O’Hara. Stage and screen favorites Jeremy Jordan and Jessie Mueller will headline the following two weeks. Each weekly show will premiere Sunday nights at 8PM EST with a second showing Mondays at 3PM EST for viewers in other time zones like the UK. Tickets are available at for $20.00 (early bird) and $25.00 each.
RECAP: Former Phantoms Talk About How They Booked the Part & Backstage Secrets on STARS IN THE HOUSE
Stars in the House continued Saturday night (8pm) with a special Phantom-themed episode, featuring Ramin Karimloo, Sierra Boggess, Norm Lewis, Howard McGillin, and Hugh Panaro. This episode was in support of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.
Hugh Panaro began, "I had just finished doing SHOWBOAT for Hal [Prince] in London and he said that the gentleman playing the Phantom at present was going to take a leave of absence and said 'do you want to do six months?' That was my first time in 1999 and I didn't know how much joy it would bring me. "
Stars in the House Welcomes Mary Wilson
Stars in the House, the daily live streamed concert series created by Playbill correspondent and SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky and producer James Wesley, welcomes entertainment icon Mary Wilson, the co-founder and co-star of The Supremes whose theatrical credits include Beehive and Grandma Sylvia's Funeral, June 4 at 8 PM.
Wilson, who has performed with orchestras and symphonies around the world, is also the author of Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme, Supreme Faith: Someday We'll be Together, and Supreme Glamour. Watch the stream above.
Money raised during the stream will go to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the leading nonprofit legal organization fighting to protect voting rights and equality for all.
Stars in the House Presents Free Speech: Performing Artists and the Power of the Spoken Word, Benefiting NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Stars in the House, the daily live streamed concert series created by Playbill correspondent and SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky and producer James Wesley, presents Free Speech: Performing Artists and the Power of the Spoken Word June 3 at 2 PM with Gilbert Bailey, Gabriel Brown, Andréa Burns, Michelle Liu Coughlin, Darian Dauchan, Samy Figerado, Ann Harada, Orville Mendoza, Ines Nassara, Nova Peyton, Christopher Richardson, Awa Sal Secka, Pearl Sun, Jason Veasey, and Nik Walker. Watch above.
The reading is the latest presentation of the Plays in the House spinoff series, which continues every Saturday and Wednesday at 2 PM until Broadway reopens. Director-writer Peter Flynn serves as the online reading coordinator for Plays in the House.
RECAP: Schele Williams Talked About the Legal Defense Fund on STARS IN THE HOUSE
Stars in The House continued Monday night (8pm) with Schele Williams and Robin de Jesús. This episode was in support of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.
Schele began, "The Legal Defence Fund is the first and foremost civil rights organization in this country...started by Thurgood Marshall. They have been fighting the good fight for so long...they're in all the right places, saying all the right things, defending people, speaking out and it is an incredible place to invest if you believe in this movement."
Kate Mulgrew reflects on Star Trek: Voyager’s 25th anniversary ahead of virtual reunion event
Star Trek: Voyager is celebrating its 25th anniversary and the cast will be reuniting online tonight to raise money for the Actors Fund, an organization dedicated to assisting performing arts and entertainment professionals. Kate Mulgrew spoke with TrekMovie.com recently to discuss reuniting with her castmates during the COVID-19 pandemic, how quarantine has affected her life and the idea of returning to the screen in the role of Captain Janeway.
“Star Trek: Voyager” Turns 25, Time for a Reunion!
Love it or hate it, “Star Trek: Voyager” is about to pass a huge milestone in the world of science fiction television. The fourth live-action series in the Gene Roddenberry created franchise turns 25 years old this year.
Apparently this notable anniversary has caught the attention of various cast and crew, and we’re getting a “Voyager” reunion later this month! Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley of “Stars In The House” revealed this information, and ComicBook broke the news.
“This reunion will be both gratifying and novel: we are all alive, we are all congenial, and we are all still actors!” said Captain Janeway herself, Kate Mulgrew.
The cast members of The CW’s The Flash got together for an evening of Stars in the House! with Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley. Grant Gustin, Danielle Panabaker, Candice Patton, Tom Cavanagh, Carlos Valdes, Danielle Nicolet, Hartley Sawyer, and Victor Garber got together in support of The Actors Fund.
Katharine McPhee, Megan Hilty & More Will Break Down the Making of BOMBSHELL on STARS IN THE HOUSE
Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley announced today that, ahead of the "Bombshell In Concert" stream and "SMASH" cast reunion, Katharine McPhee (Karen Cartwright), Megan Hilty (Ivy Lynn), Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman (Score), Neil Meron (Producer) and Robert Greenblatt (Producer) will visit "Stars In The House" to break down the musical phenomenon. This companion event, which, like the concert, is being held in support of The Actors Fund, will stream LIVE on Sunday, May 17th at 8 PM ET on the Stars In The House YouTube channel and on starsinthehouse.com. Members of Team Karen and Team Ivy alike can tune in to interact with the guests in real time, ask questions, and donate to The Actors Fund for the chance to have their names read on air. And of course, like all episodes of "Stars in the House" - fans can sing along at home to LIVE musical performances of their favorite songs from the show!
Broadway SiriusXM Radio Host Seth Rudetsky and Friends Insist “The Show Must Go On” With Entertaining New Series “Stars in the House”
While many of us are baking bread, and cooking hearty stews, and soups, and filling our homes with the aroma of these home-made delicacies, two creative guys are producing new “comfort TV” programs.
In an attempt to help all of us who are craving live performances on Broadway and other fresh entertainment content, the creative team of Sirius XM radio host Seth Rudetsky and his Broadway producer-husband James Wesley created Stars in the House.
The new YouTube streaming show is keeping us highly entertained during this global health pandemic. Stars in the House, which launched shortly after Broadway theaters closed due to COVID-19, is a twice-daily dose of sheer delight, (2 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET), that brings fresh new entertainment content right to our computers, phones, and tablets.
Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason Warmly Remember Their Classic 1977 Romantic Comedy ‘The Goodbye Girl’
“How The Goodbye Girl came to be is such a convoluted story,” Marsha details at the Stars in the House: The Goodbye Girl Reunion Supporting the Actors Fund event. “Neil wrote a script that was not called The Goodbye Girl and we did a reading of it. It was called Bogart Slept Here and Richard and myself, [producer] Ray Stark and Neil sat down one day in an office and read the script. After it was over, Neil said, ‘Ah, I know what’s wrong. Give me three or four weeks and I can fix it.’ And Bogart Slept Here is where The Goodbye Girl ends. He realized nobody was really interested in a story about somebody being successful, so he took the characters back to when they were struggling.”
Andrew Barth Feldman and Samantha Williams Read Lauren Gunderson's I and You on Stars in the House Live Stream
Stars in the House, the daily live streamed concert series created by Playbill correspondent and SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky and producer James Wesley, presents a reading of Lauren Gunderson's I and You, featuring Jimmy Award winner and former Dear Evan Hansen star Andrew Barth Feldman and Caroline, or Change's Samantha Williams, May 17 at 2 PM. Watch the live stream above.
The reading is the first in the new Plays in the House Jr. series, executive produced by Wesley and Rudetsky with artistic direction by Tony nominee Anika Larsen. The series of readings of plays for young people, performed by young people, will stream Sundays at 2 PM, hosted by Juli Rudetsky Wesley followed by a Q&A with the playwright.
“As a mother of two young boys, I’m so thrilled be able to help bring this series to fruition for young people across the country (and the world),” Larsen said. “I was feeling helpless during this challenging time, until I started doing Q&As with students via Zoom to help support educators trying to teach the arts remotely. Seth and James got wind of that, and thought I’d be the right person to use their incredible platform to bring theatre to young people, and to model ways of doing live-streamed theatre while schools and youth theatre groups are unable to have large gatherings safely. To raise money for extraordinary non-profits is the cherry on top!”
Emmy and Tony-winning Leslie Uggams tapped for virtual reading of Noël Coward’s ‘Blithe Spirit’ to benefit The Actors Fund
Showbiz legend Leslie Uggams is on board to lead the cast of virtual reading of Noël Coward’s classic play ‘Blithe Spirit’ on Saturday at 2 p.m. EDT.
Produced by Broadway luminaries Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley and directed by Schele Williams, the online event is part of their Stars In The House’s “Plays In The House” series.
Matt Bomer & 'White Collar' Cast To Reunite For Stars In The House Special Tomorrow!
The cast of White Collar will be reuniting this week!
Matt Bomer and series creator Jeff Eastin revealed the news to fans on social media today.
“Had a great convo with @MattBomer. We have a plan to bring #WhiteCollar back,” Jeff shared on Twitter. “So, as Mozzie might say, ‘To quote Steve Harvey, “The dream is free. The hustle is sold separately.”‘ It’s time to hustle.”