LuPone and Mitchell to Star in Ravinia's Annie Get Your Gun

News   LuPone and Mitchell to Star in Ravinia's Annie Get Your Gun Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Brian Stokes Mitchell will join forces for staged concerts of Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun during the 2010 summer season at the Ravinia Festival in Illinois.

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Patti LuPone Photo by Ethan Hill

Lonny Price will direct the Aug. 13-15, 2010, concerts, which will boast LuPone as the sharp-shootin' Annie Oakley and Mitchell as Frank Butler.

The artists will be backed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which will be conducted by Paul Gemignani.

Additional casting will be announced at a later time.

LuPone's last musical theatre outing at Ravinia was Rose in Gypsy, a role she later repeated on Broadway to Tony-winnning effect. LuPone previously played the role of Oakley in a one-night-only benefit concert at Lincoln Center Theater's Vivian Beaumont.

The upcoming concerts will celebrate the 150th birthday of Annie Oakley. 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.

Brian Stokes Mitchell, recently seen in Guys and Dolls in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl, earned a Tony nomination for his performance in the title role of Man of La Mancha. He won the 2000 Tony, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards for his performance as Fred Graham/Petruchio in Kiss Me, Kate, and his other Broadway credits include lead roles in King Hedley II; Ragtime; Kiss of the Spider Woman; Jelly's Last Jam; Oh, Kay!; Mail; and the City Center Encores! mountings of Kismet, Do Re Mi and Carnival. Television audiences will be familiar with Mitchell's work from his roles on "Trapper John, M.D.," "Roots" and "Frasier." Mitchell was elected the 12th president of the Actors' Fund of America, and he has performed in concert halls and cabarets around the country. His Playbill Records CD is entitled "Brian Stokes Mitchell."

The original production of Annie Get Your Gun — featuring a score by Irving Berlin and a book by Herbert and Dorothy Fields — opened at the Imperial Theatre in May 1946, playing 1,147 performances before closing Feb. 12, 1949. Ethel Merman and Ray Middleton starred. The most recent Broadway production — March 1999-Sept. 2001 — cast Bernadette Peters as Annie Oakley. Peters won her second Tony Award for her performance opposite Tom Wopat's Frank Butler. The Berlin score features such classic tunes as "There's No Business Like Show Business," "They Say It's Wonderful," "You Can't Get a Man with a Gun" and "I Got Lost in His Arms."

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