Lincoln Center Theater was virtually Patti LuPone's home in the 1980s when she starred in the long-running revival of Anything Goes. Now the singer and actress returns to the Vivian Beaumont with her new concert, "matters of the heart" [sic] The show, officially opening Nov. 13, is playing Sunday and Monday evenings (the off-nights of Contact). Performances began Oct. 15 and end Dec. 17 -- a total of 19 performances.
The show shares its title with a concert CD released in 1999. LuPone has performed the show across the U.S, and in Australia and at the Donmar Warehouse in London. The song list features everything from Rodgers and Hammerstein ("I'm In Love with A Wonderful Guy") to Randy Newman ("Real Emotional Girl") to Stephen Sondheim ("Being Alive") to John Bucchino ("Playbill") to Judy Collins ("My Father") to Gilbert O'Sullivan ("Alone Again (Naturally)"). The linking theme is love and the affairs of the heart.
The show is conceived and directed by Scott Wittman, with musical direction and arrangements by Dick Gallagher. Backed by Gallagher on piano, along with a string quartet, LuPone puts the emphasis on ballads, though there are a couple of comic numbers, including Newman's "Better Off Dead."
The remaining performance schedule is as follows: Mon., Nov. 13 at 7 PM (Opening)
Sun., Nov 19 at 8 PM
Mon., Nov. 20 at 8 PM
Sun., Nov. 26 at 3 PM and 8 PM
Sun., Dec. 3 at 3 PM and 8 PM
Sun., Dec. 10 at 3 PM and 8 PM
Sun. Dec. 17 at 3 PM and 8 PM
Tickets went on sale Sept. 9. For more information, call (212) 239-6200.
On Nov. 15, LuPone fans can attend a 6:30 PM discussion and CD signing with LuPone as part of LCT's third annual "Platform Series." Lobby seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis, but admission is free for the 45-minute event. The Platform Series continues Nov. 29 with Wendy Wasserstein, author of the new play Old Money, which just began performances at the Mitzi Newhouse.