Kritzer's act, which re-creates word for word and note for note LuPone's now-legendary performances at the defunct New York nightspot Les Mouches, will now play Joe's Pub Jan. 3, 2007, at 7:30 PM and Jan. 6 at 11:30 PM. Other previously announced dates include Dec. 8 and 9 at 11:30 PM.
"Doing the show has been a blast," Kritzer recently told Playbill.com. "The show is so much fun, and the audiences have been amazing. There is nothing like a little Patti LuPone with a 1980's rock band. What else could you want? Oh, wait," she laughs, "of course, the white tuxedo. I would never be able to rock a white tuxedo just being Leslie."
LuPone's original musical director, David Lewis, returns as musical director for Kritzer's evenings, which utilize the show's original arrangements. Joy's Ben Rimalower directs. Concertgoers can expect to hear such LuPone signature tunes as "Meadowlark," "Rainbow High" and "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" as well as "Because the Night," "Love for Sale," "Downtown," "Not While I'm Around" and "Come Rain or Come Shine."
Leslie Kritzer has been seen on Broadway in Hairspray and Off-Broadway in The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Bat Boy and Godspell. Her other theatrical credits include the national tour of Hairspray and regional productions of Funny Girl and Grease. She will be seen later this season in the Broadway bow of Legally Blonde.
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 her newest solo recording is titled "The Lady with the Torch." LuPone also portrayed Mama Rose in the Ravinia Festival's recent mounting of Gypsy. Joe's Pub is located within the Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street. Tickets, priced at $25, are available by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information visit www.joespub.com.