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Patti Murin and Colin Donnell – The Seth Concert Series

Work from home if you can,” has (generally) been the advice, at least on this side of the Atlantic. Over in New York, The Seth Concert Series continues to roll on in the form of streamed performances, with Broadway shows cancelled until at least the end of May 2021. Regular viewers will have noticed that this was the episode in which the audience finally had, albeit momentarily, a good view of musical director Seth Rudetsky’s dog, who was peacefully resting (which is not the same, of course, as resting in peace) and enjoying proceedings as much as anyone else.

Patti Murin
Patti Murin

Patti Murin and Colin Donnell had known each other even before they appeared together in a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Love Labour’s Lost, at the Delacorte Theater, an open-air venue in Central Park. Murin had been married before, to Curtis Holbrook, who she met during her Broadway debut, in the Broadway production of the musical comedy Xanadu. They divorced in 2012, and Murin married Donnell in 2015.

Both the songs and the conversations that came in between the songs were largely centred around musical theatre – setting aside, for instance, Donnell’s appearances as Dr Connor Rhodes and Murin as Dr Nina Shore in the NBC Television drama series Chicago Med. A couple of tunes fell outside the theatre world, but for good reasons: one, ‘It’s Xmas Time Again’, a song from The Nineteen Twenty, a band Donnell set up with Brian Usifer, most recently the musical director for the Broadway production of Frozen, which also featured heavily in this concert as Murin was in the cast. The other, seeing as we have now entered the Advent season, was a rendering of ‘White Christmas’, and even this is the title track of a musical of the same name.

Colin Donnell
Colin Donnell

Murin’s ‘go-to’ audition number, the Gershwin Brothers’ ‘Someone To Watch Over Me’, was an interesting choice, given that some of the roles she has been cast in over the years have, at least in her own view, been in shows where the style of music is more akin to pop music than anything else.

There were stories from both actors of mishaps, both on and off-stage, including one where Donnell’s ‘pants’ (American speak for ‘trousers’) “ripped apart at the seams” as he was rushing to put them on during a costume change: his dresser managed to find an alternative pair in time.

This concert was suitably cheery, with a good mix of show tunes including ‘The Streets of Dublin’ from A Man of No Importance, ‘If Ever I Would Leave You’ from Camelot and ‘Popular’ from the Stephen Schwartz musical Wicked. A lighter tone from some of the other episodes in the series, this was a delightful performance from a pair of theatre’s most sparkling personalities.

4 stars

Review by Chris Omaweng

Patti Murin is best known for originating the role of Princess Anna in Disney’s Frozen on Broadway. Other Broadway/National Tour credits include playing the title character in Lysistrata Jones, flying across the country by bubble as Glinda in Wicked, and roller skating her way to Broadway in Xanadu (Euterpe). Off-Broadway: Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare in the Park); Fly By Night (Playwrights Horizons); Lady Be Good! (Encores!). Almost Broadway: Nerds (Sally). TV: Hallmark Channel movies Love On Iceland and Holiday For Heroes, a recurring role on NBC’s Chicago Med (Dr. Nina Shore), and Royal Pains (Ava).

Colin Donnell is known for his work on Broadway including roles in Violet, Anything Goes, which garnered him Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Astaire noms, and Jersey Boys. He has also been seen elsewhere in NYC in Follies, Merrily We Roll Along, Lady Be Good at the New York City Center and Loves Labours Lost in The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park alongside his now wife Patti Murin. He is known on screen for his work as Dr. Connor Rhodes in NBC’s drama Chicago Med. Donnell can also be seen as Tommy Merlyn in CW’s Arrow. Other appearances include Scott Lockhart in Showtime’s hit series The Affair, Pan Am, Person of Interest and The Mysteries of Laura. His films include Every Secret Thing, which also starred Diane Lane and Elizabeth Banks and this past summer’s release Almost Love.

PATTI MURIN & COLIN DONNELL with SETH RUDETSKY
Sunday, November 29th at 8PM EST
Monday, November 30th at 3PM EST
https://thesethconcertseries.com/

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