The benefit evening begins with cocktails at 6:45 PM in the lobby of the New Victory Theatre. John Lithgow will provide opening and introductory remarks prior to LuPone's 7:30 PM concert. LuPone will offer selections from her acclaimed Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda concert, which features songs from Hair, Funny Girl, West Side Story, Peter Pan, Anything Goes and Evita. The one-night-only event concludes with a gala dinner at 8:30 PM at the New 42nd Street Studios. A Tony Award winner for her work in Evita, Patti LuPone also earned an Olivier Award for her performances in the West End productions of Lés Misérables and The Cradle Will Rock. Her other theatrical credits include Noises Off, Sunset Boulevard, Anything Goes, Oliver!, Working, The Old Neighborhood, Master Class and Pal Joey. LuPone also headlined two solo concerts, Patti LuPone On Broadway and Matters of the Heart, and received glowing notices for her performance as Mrs. Lovett in the Lincoln Center concert version of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd. She has also received acclaim for her work in concerts of A Little Night Music, Passion and Can-Can. Earlier this month, LuPone joined Wicked's Kristin Chenoweth for concerts of Candide at Avery Fisher Hall.
John Lithgow just completed a run Off-Broadway in A.R. Gurney's political comedy Mrs. Farnsworth. Earlier this season he co-starred in The Retreat From Moscow at the Booth Theatre. Lithgow won Tony Awards for his work in The Changing Room and Sweet Smell of Success and received Tony nominations for Requiem for a Heavyweight and M. Butterfly.
Individual tickets for the benefit are priced $35 (show only), $50 (show only), $100 (cocktail reception and show only), $1,000, $1,500 and $2,500. Gala tables of ten are available for $10,000, $15,000 and $25,000. Tickets can be ordered by calling Melissa Kalt at (646) 223-3082. The New Victory Theatre is located at 209 West 42nd Street; the New 42nd Street Studios can be found at 229 West 42nd Street.