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’
It’s Friday! Put on your red tap shoes, ankle socks and silver jumpsuit with puffy sleeves and join Georgia Engel, Christopher Walken and Gregory Hines for some flashy show dancing: Isn’t that something else? It’s like “Dancing with the Stars” meets circus disco. This weekend, I’m seeing Idle Muse Theatre Company‘s Sherlock Holmes: The Final… Read More Tapping into the weekend
Before Patti LuPone goes on the verge of a nervous breakdown, she’s gettin’ her gun this weekend at Ravinia. Annie Get Your Gun is one of those musicals that’s overloaded with gems. From “There’s No Business Like Showbusiness,” to “I Got Lost In His Arms” and back to “Anything You Can Do (I Can Do… Read More LuPone gets her ‘Gun’ this weekend at Ravinia
By itself, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, led by legendary Broadway conductor Paul Gemignani, playing Sondheim is something special. Add in multi Tony Award winners — and celebrated Sondheim interpreters — Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, George Hearn and Michael Cerveris, and you have an evening made in musical theatre heaven. This concert, billed as A Little… Read More Summer stars shine bright — and briefly! — for Sondheim at Ravinia
Two casting items — both announced yesterday — have made me excited for the theatre all over again. 1) Candide at the Goodman Theatre. Mary Zimmerman’s highly anticipated production will feature Geoff Packard in the title role of Candide; Lauren Molina as Cunegonde; Larry Yando as Pangloss, Candide’s tutor; Hollis Resnik as the Old Lady;… Read More Exciting casts for two Fall shows
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
Ah. Patti LuPone. We love (or hate!) her for her voice, her acting, and her trademark candor. And now: LuPone leaves no stone unturned in her tell-all memoir, set to hit shelves September 14, 2010. You can get a taste of what the book will contain in a half-hour interview at BookExpo America 2010. She’s… Read More Patti LuPone calls Andrew Lloyd Webber an ‘alcoholic’
A beautiful arrangement of a beautiful song. And LuPone sings it as only LuPone can (i.e., unintelligibly). Though, I can’t stop listening to it.
When music director Paul Ford launches into that well-known Sondheim vamp leading into “Another Hundred People,” and the lights come up on Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin wearing basic black, somberly standing side-by-side, you know this isn’t going to be one of those brassy, chatty, cabaret-inspired concert acts. Instead, they’ve assembled something more daring and creative: a… Read More Review: ‘An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin’ @ The Cadillac Palace
La LuPone. Loops. Actress. Singer. Mother. Patti. Diva. Bitch. Belter. Legend. Ah – Ms. Patti Ann LuPone. It was bound to happen. If you know anything about me (or have spent at least 30 seconds in my home), you know what a major LuPone fan I am. My respect for her work has led me… Read More Diva Friday: Patti LuPone
Watch out Chicago! A flurry of diva activity is coming your way in the next few months, so bundle up accordingly! Wow. How’s that for a cheesy opener? Anyway, as I was looking at what’s coming down the pike, I noticed some big-time female theatre talent is making its way to the windy city. Here’s… Read More A season of divas: LuPone, Skinner and Ebersole
And she’s blaming California. From contactmusic.com: Veteran Broadway star PATTI LUPONE has been left “greatly upset” by reports she has fallen behind on her tax payments, accusing California state officials of making a “mistake”. The actress/singer recently had a $9,983 (£6,655) tax lien filed against her in the state of California, but she insists she’s… Read More Patti LuPone is PISSED
Better late than never, I say! Take it away, Patti: (Are your ears and eyes bleeding yet?)
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… Read More LuPone is Annie Oakley at Ravinia in 2010
I don’t know who made this, but I want to hug them. And then slap them. And then hug them.