Patti LuPone Lights a "Torch" May 22 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater

News   Patti LuPone Lights a "Torch" May 22 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater
 
Patti LuPone, who just received a Tony nomination for her performance in the current revival of Sweeney Todd, will go it solo May 22 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.

The Tony and Olivier Award-winning actress will perform a special concert of "The Lady with the Torch" to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The 8 PM concert celebrates LuPone's new CD of the same name, which hit stores April 25 on the Ghostlight Records label.

The concert is conceived and directed by Tony Award winner Scott Wittman and will feature orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, musical direction by Chris Fenwick and a ten-piece band. Concertgoers can expect to hear tunes by Arthur Schwartz, Jule Styne, Billy Barnes, Stan Kenton and June Christie, Johnny Mercer, George and Ira Gershwin, Willie Nelson, and Cole Porter.

LuPone is dedicating the concert to the memory of her long-time musical director Dick Gallagher.

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. She was seen last year in the Kennedy Center's staging of Marc Blitzstein's Regina, and this summer she will play Mama Rose in the Ravinia Festival's presentation of Gypsy.

Tickets for the concert, priced $50-$500, are available by calling BC/EFA at (212) 840-0770 or by visiting www.BroadwayCares.org. *

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fund-raising and grant-making organization. For more information visit www.broadwaycares.org.

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