Noises Off Takes Night Off Feb. 28 While LuPone Concertizes; Perf Added March 3

News   Noises Off Takes Night Off Feb. 28 While LuPone Concertizes; Perf Added March 3 The Brooks Atkinson will be a lot less explosive Feb. 28, when Noises Off takes a day off to allow star Patti LuPone to sing her concert, Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda, at Carnegie Hall.

The Brooks Atkinson will be a lot less explosive Feb. 28, when Noises Off takes a day off to allow star Patti LuPone to sing her concert, Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda, at Carnegie Hall.

If you're looking to see the cast of the hit Michael Frayn farce on that Thursday, try the fabled music hall on 57th Street. The farceurs Peter Gallagher, T.R. Knight, Faith Prince, Richard Easton, Katie Finneran, Edward Hibbert, Thomas McCarthy and Robin Weigert might be catching their pal's act.

The lost Noises Off performance will be made up March 3, when a 7 PM show gets added, in addition to the 2 PM matinee.

The Broadway version of the hit London revival opened Nov. 1, 2001, following previews that began Oct. 16. Jeremy Sams directed. Frayn rewrote some of his 19-year-old script for this revival.

* The 1982 farce, first seen in London, follows the rag-tag British theatre company over several months of the run of a tired sex farce called Nothing On. Frayn gives us a view of both the backstage antics of the troupe and the on-stage performance of farce they are playing. Act One shows the dress rehearsal, full of flubs, lapses and tentative choices that reveal the artists' temperaments. Act Two takes place backstage, a month later, during a performance, when the company begins sabotaging itself due to petty jealousies. Act Three is the final performance of the run of Nothing On, and, seen from the point of view of the audience again, the company destroys itself.

The play's title is a theatrical term referring to offstage sound effects, usually made by the actors themselves.

Frayn's comedy, still remembered for literally having people laugh themselves out of their seats, had a popular, Tony Award nominated run on Broadway in the 1983-84 season. It has become a favorite in stock, regional, university and amateur theatres.

Former New York Times critic Frank Rich wrote, "Noises Off was, is, perhaps always will be the funniest play written in my lifetime." A film version starred Carol Burnett.

The first Broadway run of the intensely clever show — which had a Playbill within the Playbill to tell of the hilarious history of the fictional folk putting on Nothing On — also played the Brooks Atkinson. The fictional "programme" for Nothing On is again found within the genuine Playbill of Noises Off.

Noises Off tickets range $55-$75. The Brooks Atkinson is at 256 W. 47th Street. For ticket information, all (212) 307-4100 or visit the box office.

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The LuPone concert's song list will include numbers from Hair, Bye, Bye Birdie, Funny Girl, West Side Story, Peter Pan, Oklahoma!, The Music Man, Company and A Little Night Music. The thematic focus is musical roles LuPone wished she could have played. A 36-piece orchestra conducted by Rob Fisher will back her up. The show is conceived and directed by Scott Wittman.

Concert tickets are $21-$79, available at the Carnegie Hall box office, by calling (212) 247-8000.