LuPone and Minnelli Will Be Part of 13th Annual Virginia Arts Festival

News   LuPone and Minnelli Will Be Part of 13th Annual Virginia Arts Festival Those seeking good old-fashioned belting should look no further than the 13th Annual Virginia Arts Festival, which runs April 14-May 31.
Patti LuPone
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The six-week long celebration of the arts will boast performances by Tony winners Patti LuPone and Liza Minnelli, both recently on Broadway.

LuPone will present her Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda evening May 24 at 5:30 and 7:30 PM in the Virginia Room of the Williamsburg Lodge. Conceived and directed by Scott Wittman with musical arrangements by the late Dick Gallagher and musical direction by Chris Fenwick, the evening features LuPone offering "songs from musicals which she could have played, should have played, did play and will play."

An Evening with Liza Minnelli will be presented April 24 at 8 PM in the Chrysler Hall in Norfolk. Expect a mix of tunes from Minnelli's legendary career.

For her performance as Rose in the recent revival of Gypsy at the St. James Theatre, Patti LuPone won the Tony Award, the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama League's Distinguished Performance Award. A Tony Award winner for her work in Evita, 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 joined Audra McDonald for Los Angeles Opera's production of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. She was also seen as Rose in a Ravinia Festival concert run of Gypsy. Her screen and recording credits are numerous.

Prior to Liza's at the Palace. . ., Minnelli, an Oscar winner for her performance in Cabaret, was last on Broadway in a tribute to her late father entitled Minnelli on Minnelli; she also returned to New York City's Beacon Theatre with her acclaimed concert Liza's Back! In addition to her Tonys for Flora, the Red Menace and The Act, Minnelli was awarded a special Tony in 1974 for "adding lustre to the Broadway season." Her film credits include "The Sterile Cuckoo," "Arthur," "New York, New York" and "Stepping Out." The singer is also a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress. Her album "Liza's Back!" is available on the J Records label, and "The Best of Liza Minnelli" was released on the Columbia/Legacy label. Showtime aired "Liza with a 'Z'," and Minnelli also received the Julie Harris Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 10th Annual Tony Awards Bash in Los Angeles. For more information about the upcoming festival or to purchase tickets, visit www.vafest.org.

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