The Seth Rudetsky Broadway Concert Series brings the biggest Broadway stars to the Virginia G. Piper Theater stage for an intimate concert and conversation featuring popular hits of the theatre and candid stories.
Nina West is an American drag queen, actor, singer, songwriter, author, and LGBTQIA+ activist played by Andrew Levitt. She was named the “Most Googled Drag Queen in The World” from 2020–21 with more than 7.8 billion unique searches. She rose to national prominence in 2019 with her appearance on VH1’s Emmy®-winning show RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11, where she placed sixth and won Miss Congeniality. In 2021, she returned to the show as a guest and was anointed “America’s Sweetheart” by RuPaul herself. She made history at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards in September 2019 when she became the first person to walk the carpet in full drag, while her season won five Primetime Emmy Awards®, including Best Reality Competition Show. In 2020, West released a charity partnership with country music legend Dolly Parton—The “Dolly X Nina: Kindness is Queen ” Collection—with all proceeds going to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and The Nina West Foundation to benefit LGBTQIA+ youth and literacy. In 2021, she partnered with Nickelodeon and Blue’s Clues for a series of Pride videos that went viral with more than 2 million views. Nina hosted the first Disney+ This Is Me: PRIDE Celebration Spectacular, a celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community with Disney classics reinterpreted by LGBTQIA+ artists like Hayley Kiyoko, Todrick Hall, and Alex Newell. She returned to the show in 2022 and performed with Disney Legend Alan Menken in a tribute to Disney Legend Howard Ashman. West is currently headlining the brand-new national tour of the Broadway musical Hairspray in the lead role of Edna Turnblad, for which she has received rave reviews. She has played more than 350 shows to over 600,000 people nationwide.