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)

Some thoughts after watching Sondheim’s ‘Company’ in the movie theatre

A few friends and I drove up and over to icky Rosemont yesterday to see the filmed NYPhil concert of Company starring Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Colbert, Patti LuPone, Martha Plimpton and more. Here are a few of my thoughts: Neil Patrick Harris was very fine in the book scenes. He’s a charmer and, yet,… Read More Some thoughts after watching Sondheim’s ‘Company’ in the movie theatre

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

The stars align for Ravinia’s ‘Sondheim: 80’ concert

On July 31st, those lucky Highland Parkers are in for a real treat. Musical theatre legend Stephen Sondheim has turned 80 this year, and to celebrate, Patti LuPone, George Hearn, Audra McDonald and Michael Cerveris — four of Broadway’s very brightest performers — will honor some of his iconic works at the Ravinia festival. This will… Read More The stars align for Ravinia’s ‘Sondheim: 80’ concert