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Broadway @ Leicester Square Theatre: Jenna Russell with Seth Rudetsky

Jenna Russell with Seth Rudetsky
Jenna Russell with Seth Rudetsky

Jenna Russell with Seth Rudetsky was almost like musical theatre meets the Graham Norton show, and I mean that in the best possible way. A chat show with a charismatic host who draws out crazy and hilarious anecdotes from his guests, but with added show tunes. What’s not to love?

Seth Rudestsky is the perfect interviewer – funny and charming with an easy manner and brilliant piano playing used to show his guest, Jenna Russell, at her absolute best, and in the same vein, Jenna Russell was the perfect interviewee. She was both hilarious in retelling the tales of her early career, and touchingly honest when talking about the importance of the song ‘Children and Art’ to her. This, followed by a beautiful performance of the aforementioned song which made some real sense to me for the first time.

The show was a tale of two halves for me. Jenna Russell’s career is somewhat older than I am and so the first half was an enjoyable journey of discovery. Hearing her talk about shows that I was only vaguely aware that she’d done (if I knew at all) and watching her sing songs I’d never seen her perform before. I especially enjoyed her performance of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ and some of the tales of her early career. The first half closed with a spectacular performance of Stiles and Drewe’s ‘Diva’ fully showing off her comedic talent.

The second half took us through some of her more recent shows and here was a chance for me to relive some of her best performances, beginning with Sondheim and ending with Grey Gardens, travelling via my favourite show, ‘Songs for a New World.’ As soon as Seth Rudetsky played the opening bars of ‘Stars and Moon’ I had tingles and I was not disappointed (although a little confused when she accidentally deviated from the original lyrics midway through).

Jenna Russell is truly one of the West End’s leading talents and it was a real pleasure to spend my Sunday afternoon watching her perform. There was the odd mishap and the odd false start, but this added to the charm of the event. This will definitely not be the last in the series that I attend.

4 stars

Review by Emily Diver

Olivier Award Winner & Tony Nominee Jenna Russell (Star of Sunday In The Park With George, Merrily We Roll Along and Fun Home) joins Sirius XM Radio star Seth Rudetsky as music director/host on Sunday, 3rd February at 4pm for one show only for Broadway @ Leicester Square Theatre. The unique format of this show that differentiates it from any other is a seamless mix of intimate behind-the-scenes stories prompted by Rudetsky’s insightful, funny and revealing questions – and the music from Jenna Russell’s sensational career. This concert series hosted by Rudetsky began at LST in 2013 with Patti LuPone and has continued with Audra McDonald, John Barrowman and Ramin Karimloo. Sponsored by Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street Hotel.

Mark Cortale Presents
Broadway @ Leicester Square Theatre
with SETH RUDETSKY as music director & host
Sunday, 3rd February @ 4pm


  • Emily Gami

    I am a 25 year old Geography teacher who really loves the theatre. I first fell in love with the theatre when I was 15 and since moving to London 4 years ago I have tried to see as many shows as possible. On the rare occasions I am not at work or at the theatre I can usually be found on a tennis court or curled up somewhere with a good book

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