LuPone and McDonald to Team for Summer Concert

News   LuPone and McDonald to Team for Summer Concert Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Audra McDonald — who will begin a limited run in Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny Feb. 10 in Los Angeles — will return to Chicago's Ravinia Festival this summer.

According to the Ravinia's official website, the frequent co-stars will perform in concert Aug. 26 at 7 PM. The celebrated singing actresses will be backed by the Ravinia Festival Orchestra under the baton of Ted Sperling.

McDonald and LuPone have previously shared the stage at Ravinia in productions of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, Anyone Can Whistle, Sunday in the Park with George and Passion.

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 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 also portrayed Mama Rose in the Ravinia Festival's recent mounting 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 Henry IV. 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 also 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. McDonald will return to Broadway later this season in the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of 110 in the Shade.

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

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