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Seth Rudetsky to speak at Boston Children’s Theatre

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You might think Seth Rudetsky would be a “Glee” fan. After all, he saw “Hair” for the first time when he was 4. He has appeared on Broadway both as an actor (in “The Ritz”) and a pianist (in more than a dozen shows, including “Ragtime” and “Les Miserables”), and hosts the popular Sirius/XM Radio show “On Broadway.” But you’d be wrong. “I can’t stand stuff like that, all that lip-synching,” says Rudetsky (inset), who also objects to what he calls the stereotyping of gay characters on TV. “I get it, I get it, [the character] loves Bette Midler and Liza Minnelli.” Sunday, Rudetsky will be in town leading a one-day day master class and audition session at the Boston Children’s Theatre. His appearance coincides with the BCT’s re-mounting of “Reflections of a Rock Lobster,” the true story of Aaron Fricke, a Rhode Island high school student who in 1979 sued his school for the right to take his boyfriend to the prom. Rudetsky, who’s gay, says there’s a great tradition of musicals with a message. “I don’t know why musical theater gets a bad rap as being soft,” he says. “I mean, ‘Showboat’ and ‘South Pacific’ are about racism. Musicals have always been cutting edge. I totally think theater is a great way to educate people.” Asked about the ART’s Broadway-bound revival of “Pippin,” Rudetsky said he’s seen it and likes it. But he’s hoping the show has a full orchestra when it goes to New York. “ ‘Pippin’ is one of the most perfect scores,” he said. “It should have an orchestra, not a band.” Sunday’s master class is open to high school students ages 14-20 who are interested in auditioning for a role in “Reflections of a Rock Lobster.” For more information, see www.bostonchildrenstheatre.org

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