'An Evening With Broadway’s Michael Cerveris & Seth Rudetsky' for Pittsburgh CLO
May 27, 2016 3:30 PM
From left, two-time Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris with his father, also Michael Cerveris, and Seth Rudetsky at Pittsburgh CLO's "An Evening with Michael Cerveris and Seth Rudetsky," a fundraiser May 23 at the Cabaret at Theater Square, Downtown. Photo Matt Polk
By Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Who and Where: “An Evening With Broadway’s Michael Cerveris & Seth Rudetsky,” a fundraiser for Pittsburgh CLO’s musical theater development program, at the Cabaret at Theater Square, Downtown. Cerveris is the two-time Tony Award-winning star of “Sweeney Todd” and “Fun Home” and a little bit country on the side; Rudestky is piano-playing radio host and Broadway maven.
#FirstTimeForEverything: Michael Cerveris grew up mostly in West Virginia and visited his father’s family in Pittsburgh, but this was his first performance here. He headed to Yale and made his Broadway debut in “The Who’s Tommy” in 1993 -- on Monday, he accompanied himself on guitar for a stirring “Pinball Wizard.”
#ProudPop: Introducing his son was the elder Michael Cerveris, who accompanied the Broadway star on snippets from his own long-gestating work, about early 20th-century French composer Eric Satie.
#LandofOpportunity: Cerveris the younger noted that in recent years, “A lot of my friends have moved to Pittsburgh because theater here allows them opportunities that aren’t available in New York.”
#SoManyStories: Pianist Rudetsky accompanied the star and quizzed his friend on stage career highlights: Working with “Steve,” known to most of us as Stephen Sondheim -- and lowlights -- getting hung up mid-air when his flying harness was caught on a light during “The Who’s Tommy” and being pelted by furniture when the stage tilted during the sinking scene in ”Titanic.”
#ACountryBoy: Cerveris delivered hits from “Evita” (“She’s a Diamond”), “Sweeney Todd” (“My Friends”) and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” (“Wig in a Box”) -- he played the title role in the latter off-Broadway and in London. He also strapped on his guitar and sang songs by his country band “Loose Cattle” and a song co-written with Paul Sanchez titled “Lost in New Amsterdam.”
#SEEN: Paul Block, Van Kaplan and Mary Jane Brennan, Dan and Debby Booker, Michael and Carol Bleier, Helen and Stephen Casey, Eric Schaffer and Michele Gray-Schaffer, Joann Tissue, Cate Linn, Christina O’Toole and Jennifer Saunders-LaRocco, Mason Park, Luke Halferty.
#unSEEN: Rudetsky left his socks in New York.
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