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Broadway Comes to McPherson Campus

Jay Rudetsky

Sirius/XM Radio’s Broadway host Seth Rudetsky brings his hilarious one-man show, “Deconstructing Broadway,” to McPherson College to open the 2019 Fern Lingenfelter Artists Series on September 30 at 7 p.m. in Mingenback Theatre. Admission is free and seating is limited.

The college encourages those interested in attending to make seat reservations by September 25 by contacting the Alumni Office at (620) 242-0434 or email to floryk@mcpherson.edu. Doors will open for reserved seating at 6:20 p.m. and for general admission seating at 6:40 p.m. There will be an opportunity to meet the artist after the performance.

Rudetsky is a Broadway performer, producer, director and three time Emmy nominee. In this cabaret-style show, Rudetsky’s performance is a tour-de-force featuring his trademark “deconstructions,” in which he uses his amazing audio/video collection to break down brilliant performances from beloved Broadway divas, like Patti LuPone and Betty Buckley, as well as showcases mind-boggling videos like The Osmonds singing a medley from “Fiddler on the Roof.” Rudetsky devotes an entire section of his performance on Barbra Streisand, who actually came to his show in Los Angeles and loved it.

“Deconstructing Broadway” is described as a combination of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “The Tony Awards,” and “The Daily Show.” The award-winning show recently played to a sold-out audience in London where it received five-star reviews. The Boston Globe called the show a genuine treat and said, “What is great about “Deconstructing Broadway” is that it’s appealing to both musical-theater geeks and novices alike.”

Admission to the Lingenfelter concert is free thanks to a generous commitment to McPherson College established in 2016 honoring Fern Lingenfelter. Her son, Steve Clark, chairman of Clark Investment Group of Wichita, established the fund that supports two annual music performance events with special emphasis on piano. Lingenfelter, an alumna of McPherson College, taught piano in McPherson for many years to both college students on campus and younger students at her studio downtown.

Rudetsky will host a master class earlier in the day for the Heartland Choral Festival at McPherson College. The festival invites high school choirs to campus for a day-long clinic.