BROADWAY AT THE LEICESTER SQUARE THEATRE An evening with Judy Kuhn hosted by Seth Rudetsky
Judy Kuhn truly is a musical theatre star, and it was an honour to see her in conversation and perform with Seth Rudetsky in Broadway at the Leicester Square Theatre on Sunday 3rdFebruary. A last minute ticket grab, I went in with very little idea of what to expect, but came out with a very full heart. Seth Rudetsky hosted the evening with ease, using his comedic wit and personal relationship with Kuhn to develop a rapport that was inclusive with the audience, allowing us a truly exclusive insight into her incredible career. Starting at Oberlin Conservatory (where they both studied), Rudetsky sculpts the journey through Kuhn’s career chronologically, encouraging anecdotes (often dishing the dirt on other stars), illuminating highlights and paying tribute to others. Hilariously human, we also heard about the flops, the mistakes (cough * Rags Tony performance 1987 * cough) and the divas!A split stage was very effectively used to create the two different aspects of the show; stage left held two comfortable, living room style seats which created an easy, informal setting for the conversation, while a stunning glossy black grand, red roses and a single microphone stand stage right created an intimate concert setting. Kuhn was unfortunately suffering from illness, and apologised to the audience as she wasn’t “sure what [would] come out” when she sang, however the songs, specially chosen to compliment the chronological interview, were glorious, and you could truly hear her passion and talent. Among many others, Judy performed a number from Fun Home, a musical that she was involved in from the workshopping, and Colours of the Wind from Pocahontas, which she is the singing voice of in the original Disney movie. An audience full of the stagiest people in London sat with awe as the Broadway legends told tale after tale of luck, talent and stagey stardom, and shared the career of a truly wonderful woman.