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Show stealers; Pair of one-man presentations to grace 710 Main stage

Stage and screen actor John Lithgow and Broadway personality Seth Rudetsky will perform in the newly rebranded 710 Main Theatre in September, the 710 Main organization announced Thursday.

The long-dormant venue, which formerly housed Studio Arena Theatre before that institution's demise in 2008, will host Rudetsky's one-man presentation "Seth's Big Fat Broadway" during the theater community's Curtain Up! celebration on Sept. 14.

Lithgow will appear at the theater to perform his own one-man show, "John Lithgow: Stories By Heart," for three performances on Sept. 21 and 22.

Rudetsky, a writer, actor, musician and Broadway gadabout, has made a name for himself as a radio commentator and YouTube personality. On his radio show (also titled "Seth's Big Fat Broadway Show") and in videos online, he offers amusing anecdotes, trivia and deconstructions of Broadway performances and productions. In his show, Rudetsky will present and narrate his private collection of Broadway video and audio in the enthusiastic and often sardonic style that has gained him a loyal online following.

"I will show you how to differentiate between what's vocally amazing (Patti LuPone in 'Evita') and what's a vocal travesty (Madonna singing the same material)," Rudetsky wrote on his website about the touring version of "Big Fat Broadway Show."

In "Stories By Heart," billed as a "one-man theatrical memoir," the popular Lithgow ("3rd Rock from the Sun," "Dexter," "Terms of Endearment") will weave together his own history in the theater with retellings of stories his siblings read to him as a child: P.G. Wodehouse's "Uncle Fred Flits By" and Ring Lardner's "Haircut."

Tickets for "Seth's Big Fat Broadway Show" are $35, while tickets for "Stories By Heart" are $60 to $75. Tickets for both shows go on sale June 25.

The first show in the reimagined space since the final performance in Studio Arena Theatre in 2008, is MusicalFare Theatre's 24-Hour Musical Festival, scheduled for 8 p.m. June 23.

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