LuPone and McDonald Team for Ravinia Concert Aug. 26

News   LuPone and McDonald Team for Ravinia Concert Aug. 26 Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Audra McDonald — who have shared the stage in such productions as Passion, Anyone Can Whistle, Sunday in the Park with George and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny — return to Chicago's Ravinia Festival Aug. 26.
Patti LuPone and Audra McDonald
Patti LuPone and Audra McDonald

The frequent co-stars will perform a concert that is simply titled "Patti and Audra Together!" at 7 PM. The celebrated singing actresses will be backed by the Ravinia Festival Orchestra under the baton of Tony winner Ted Sperling.

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 Les Misérables and The Cradle Will Rock. Her other theatrical credits include Sunset Boulevard, Anything Goes, Oliver!, Working, The Old Neighborhood, Master Class and Pal Joey. LuPone also headlined two solo Broadway 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 and a Tony nomination for her performance in the recent revival of that Sondheim work. She was seen in the Kennedy Center's staging of Marc Blitzstein's Regina and recently joined Audra McDonald for Los Angeles Opera's production of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. LuPone was most recently on the New York stage in City Center's production of Gypsy.

A four-time Tony Award winner for her work in A Raisin in the Sun, Master Class, Carousel and Ragtime, Audra McDonald was also seen on Broadway in 110 in the Shade, Henry IV and Marie Christine. The singer-actress made her solo Carnegie Hall concert debut in an evening of songs scored for big bands, performing several tunes from her Nonesuch CD "Happy Songs." McDonald's other solo recordings, "Way Back to Paradise" and "How Glory Goes," are also on the Nonesuch label. The acclaimed actress co-starred in the NBC series "Mister Sterling” and was recently seen in the WB series "Bedford Diaries." McDonald also made her Houston Grand Opera with a double bill of Send (who are you? I love you) and La Voix Humaine.

Tickets are priced $75; lawn seats are $10. For more information visit www.ravinia.org.

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