Be sure to catch Patti LuPone's dynamic one-woman show, An Evening with Patti LuPone, which is currently being broadcast on PBS stations around the country. I was able to catch the program this past Sunday evening, and it was a thrill to watch Patti burst through the small screen. Some of my favorite moments included La LuPone's wonderful version of Sunset's "As If We Never Said Goodbye," her defiant "As Long as He Needs Me" from Oliver!, her belty, spine-tingling "Being Alive," and, of course, Evita's "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina." One minor quibble. . .who decided to cut Patti's riveting "Meadowlark" from the broadcast. . .oh well!
And, don't forget, LuPone will return to the concert stage of the Hollywood Bowl this September. On September 5, 6 and 7 our effervescent Evita gal will take part in a tribute to Broadway that will also include a selection devoted to the songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Patti will be joined onstage by fellow Broadway performers Davis (The Phantom of the Opera) Gaines and Rebecca (Show Boat) Luker. The trio will perform songs from Chicago, Candide, Ragtime, Rent, Titanic, Evita, Sunset Boulevard, The Phantom of the Opera and other Broadway hits. For information and tickets, call 213 850-2000.
The original Christine of The Phantom of the Opera, who has starred in a few other Andrew Lloyd Webber works as well, will release her newest album on Angel Records. Entitled Time to Say Goodbye, the recording has already sold five million copies in Europe (under the title of Timeless) and features the acclaimed soprano backed by the London Symphony Orchestra. The single from the album, "Time To Say Goodbye," topped the charts all across Europe, and featured a duet with Italian opera star tenor Andrea Bocelli. On this new recording Brightman gets a chance to show off her classical side as well as her worldly and cosmopolitan influences, singing in a plethora of languages: English, Italian, Hebrew and Spanish. DIAHANN CARROLL
Another Norma Desmond, Diahann Carroll, who starred in the Canadian production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, will also release a new CD on the Sterling Records label (joining Betty Buckley's fifth release, Much More) this fall. The recording, Carroll's first solo venture since her reign as Norma began, will include some theatre material as well as a host of standards. Some of the tunes that may end up on the CD include Stephen Sondheim's "Old Friends," Kurt Weill's "September Song," "Sleepin' Bee" from House of Flowers as well as "Someone to Watch Over Me," "I Didn't Know About You," "What Did I Have That I Don't Have Now?" and others. Stay tuned for more details.
It will be a busy season for the award-winning actress who will be seen in an upcoming feature film starring Samuel Jackson, star in a made-for Showtime film, and be the subject of an upcoming one-hour portrait as part of Lifetime's acclaimed series.
CABARET. . .
The eighth annual Manhattan Cabaret Convention will once again be held at Town Hall this October, beginning on Monday, October 13 and running through Sunday, October 19. The seven-performance event brings together the finest performers in the cabaret industry, who volunteer their time to benefit the Mabel Mercer Foundation. Each night features ten or more performers at a cost of only $10! Some of the talented performers scheduled to sing their respective hearts out include Alix Korey, Andrea Marcovicci, Debbie Gravitte, KT Sullivan and many others. What follows is the night-by-night schedule of performances. For more information, contact the Mabel Mercer Foundation at 212-980-3026 or (212) 980-3109.
Monday, October 13 at 6pm (GALA OPENING NIGHT)
featuring Barbara Carroll, Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler, Amanda McBroom, Sharon McNight, Liliane Montevecchi, Christian Nova, Phillip Officer, Linda Purl, Crayton Robey, Paula West, Julie Wilson and Judi Connelli.
Tuesday, October 14 at 6pm (A CABARET CAVALCADE)
showcasing the talents of Farah Alvin, Tom Andersen, Lisa Asher, Judi Connelli, Natalie Douglas, Eric Michael Gillett, Angela LaGreca, Jeanne McDonald, Nancy McCall, Beckie Menzie, Sidney Meyer, Abe Rybold and Carla White
Wednesday, October 15 at 6pm (THE LYRICS OF IRA GERSHWIN)
produced and directed by David Staller and featuring Claiborne Cary, Charles Cermelle, Tovah Feldshuh, Debbie Gravitte, Jeff Harnar, Barbara Lea, Spider Saloff, John Wallowich and Bertram Ross, Weslia Whitfield, Larry Woodard and Sara Zahn.
Thursday, October 16 at 6pm (THE LYRICS OF DOROTHY FIELDS)
featuring Lucie Arnaz, Alix Korey, Marcia Lewis, Annie Ross, Karen Saunders, Daryl Sherman, Margaret Whiting and Karen Ziemba. Hosted by Mary Cleere Haran and Deborah Grace Weiner (author of the Dorothy Fields book, On the Sunny Side of the Street).
Friday, October 17 at 6pm (THE WORDS AND MUSIC OF HOWARD DIETZ & ARTHUR SCHWARTZ)
produced and directed by Donald Smith and featuring Joyce Breach, Eric Comstock, Lenna, Meg Mackay, Marilyn Lovell Matz, Michael Murphy, Lainie Nelson, Billy Philadelphia, Bonnie Strickman, Billy Stritch, KT Sullivan and Dane Vannatter. Saturday, October 18 at 6pm (A CABARET SPECTACULAR)
presenting D.C. Anderson, Julie Anthony, Richard Rodney Bennett, Maye Cavallaro, Mary Foster Conklin, Baby Jane Dexter, Natalie Gamsu, Albert Hague & Renee Orgin, Gary Lyons, Cynthia Scott and Joel Silberman
Sunday, October 19 at 3pm (HAPPY 50th ANNIVERSARY)
Andrea Marcovicci hosts the grand finale, which celebrates five classic American musicals that are all celebrating their 50th anniversary: Allegro, Brigadoon, Finian's Rainbow, High Button Shoes and Street Scene; featuring David Campbell, Lee Roy Reams, Donald Saddler and a few surprise guests.
Karen Akers will be the featured vocalist for two upcoming concerts at the Hollywood Bowl (August 22 and 23) when the City of Lights comes to the Bowl in August (conducted by John Mauceri). Tickets for Vive La France! can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 213-480-3232.
Florence Lacey, Lee Roy Reams and Jerry Herman in An Evening with Jerry Herman will continue at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, ME through August 16. You can also catch the threesome at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, MA (August 18-30).
A host of singing dates are lined up for the multi-talented McGovern. MM will take part in a benefit at Carnegie Hall on September 29, sing with the Arkansas Symphony on October 4 and then return to Carnegie Hall on October 24 for the New York Pop's season opener. . .
The Boston Pops concert featuring our English diva continues to play on PBS stations across the country. Be sure to catch EP's thrilling renditions of "As If We Never Said Goodbye," "Memory," "If You Love Me" and more. . . Exciting EP news coming soon!
That's all for now. Happy diva-watching!
-- By Andrew Gans
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