Hearne: Broadway Stars Pay Tribute to KU, Pull Tiger Tails at Kauffman Center

Who would have thunk it?

That a packed house at the opening night show of Broadway stars Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin would devolve into a KU Schmaltz Fest.

That’s right, schmaltz fest.

"Mandy went to KU," explains promoter Mark Edelman. "So in the middle of the show he started talking about KU and everybody in the audience started yelling that he should do the cheer, so he started doing the KU cheer."

As in the famous Rock Chalk Chant that evolved from a cheer former KU chemistry professor, E.H.S. Bailey created for the KU Science Club in 1886. An incantation that former president Teddy Roosevelt reportedly called the greatest college chant he’d ever heard.

You know the drill; "Rock Chalk…Jay-Hawk…KU"

"So he did that on stage and then Patti said, ‘Isn’t there anymore?’ And he said, ‘No.’ So she said, ‘Do it again.’ And the whole crowd did it with him. It was funny."

Think of it as a christening of sorts.

How about the MU fans, did any of them speak up against the the defiling of the Kauffman Center?

"If they were there, they didn’t say anything," Edelman says. "Of course I did it too since I got a master’s degree from KU – I’m a Jayhawk – it took me seven years, but I got the degree."

The show, which features performances of the great Broadway showtunes by two of Broadway’s biggest stars, continues tonight and Sunday.

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4 Responses to Hearne: Broadway Stars Pay Tribute to KU, Pull Tiger Tails at Kauffman Center

  1. Super Dave says:

    Has to be a first
    I am shocked you mean no crap from any MU fans?

    Or is the Kauffman Center to upscale for the MU fans?

    But I am sure they will be on here raising hell before long.

  2. xxMillerTimexx says:

    Mandy leaving Criminal Minds seems to be working out for him
    I mean who wouldn’t want to leave a top 10 show to play the Kauffman Center

  3. chuck says:

    Guy has a weird name,
    but he is really good in “Homeland”.

  4. balbonis moleskine says:

    Not to nitpick put the tiger tail line is from the fight song, “Im a Jayhawk”– which is actually pretty good as fight songs go.

    The retardy one with 4 words that anyone can sing when blacked out is Rock Chalk.

    No word on whether they are going to change the lines in the fight song. Remember they don’t want to twist tigers tails anymore and decided not to Husk some corn and watch the cornhuskers wail, either.

    Wah-hoo-wah, go Indians.

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