Chris Jones reports that Patti LuPone will play Annie Oakley in a concert version of Annie Get Your Gun at the Ravinia Festival in 2010.
Brian Stokes Mitchell will be her Frank Butler, and Lonnie Price will direct the semi-staged concert.
Price directed LuPone in a one-night only concert of AGYG (yay acronyms!) at the Vivian Beaumont theatre in 1998 opposite Peter Gallagher. Rumor is she was gunning (yay puns!) for the show’s soon-to-be-produced revival and that the benefit concert was a fancy audition. However, the Weisslers went with the more commercially viable Bernadette Peters instead.
Rosie featured LuPone and Gallagher on her daytime talk show following the acclaimed concert at the Vivian Beaumont. It’s an often-played camp clip at gay bars during showtune video evenings — for the various and obvious reasons evident from the clip below: