I saw Patti LuPone spill tea for three hours, and lived to tell the tale

I tried to hold myself back.  I really did. Out of the two shows presented Monday evening as part of Steppenwolf’s “Lookout” series, I very reasonably bought tickets for the late show, starting at 9 p.m. Mainly because the earlier show was sold out (or so I was told), and also because of a goal… Read More I saw Patti LuPone spill tea for three hours, and lived to tell the tale

New documentary series offers a rare backstage glimpse of working actor, Patti LuPone

Sometimes you wake up to discover that the world has bestowed a rare gift to you. Something that gives you hope for the world at large. In this case, it’s a YouTube documentary series on one of my favorite actors, Patti LuPone. In this series, we follow her through her travels as she, a working… Read More New documentary series offers a rare backstage glimpse of working actor, Patti LuPone

Ravinia Bob returns: LuPone, Callaway and more planned for Ravinia 2012

There are some people out there (you know who you are) who refer to me as “Ravinia Bob.” Over time, this nickname was been truncated to “RivB,” and eventually “Riv2theB.” Why? Because I’ve made some lifelong friends over the years attending many events at the Highland Park concert venue — particularly during the summer of… Read More Ravinia Bob returns: LuPone, Callaway and more planned for Ravinia 2012

Bway’s Funny Girl announced (sorry, LuPone)

And now for something completely unrelated to Chicago theatre. After much speculation, gossip and conjecture, they’ve announced the star of the new Bartlett Sher-helmed production of Funny Girl, set to open on Broadway in spring 2012. And it’s some TV actress I don’t know. Oh, well. (Hey, anyone but Lea Michele, right?) Obviously they didn’t… Read More Bway’s Funny Girl announced (sorry, LuPone)

Exclusive: Patti LuPone to star as Phyllis in ChiShakes’ ‘Follies’

A friend who works at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre confided to me that the sassy Sicilian diva has signed on to play the caustic Phyllis stone in Gary Griffin’s Fall 2011 mounting of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies. There’s talk that Sondheim will also pen a new number for Phyllis that will replace all three possible ‘Phyllis Follies’… Read More Exclusive: Patti LuPone to star as Phyllis in ChiShakes’ ‘Follies’

Things I learned reading Patti LuPone’s memoir: a fan’s perspective

To say I’m a fan of Patti LuPone’s would be an understatement. Sixteen years ago, I happened upon a record (the vinyl kind) of the 1987 cast recording of Anything Goes where she starred as the sassy Reno Sweeney. I quickly wore that record out, and this thin, dorky high schooler was hooked. I’ve since… Read More Things I learned reading Patti LuPone’s memoir: a fan’s perspective

LuPone aims high in Ravinia’s ‘Annie Get Your Gun’

Patti LuPone gets “Lost In His Arms” as Annie Oakley. Note: This production has closed; I caught the final performance of the weekend-long concert last night. “Gettin’ paid for doin’ what comes naturally!” sings Annie Oakley in that Irving Berlin classic, Annie Get Your Gun. Ok, let’s get something out of the way: Patti LuPone… Read More LuPone aims high in Ravinia’s ‘Annie Get Your Gun’