Those taking part in “Martinis at the Martin” include Café Carlyle mainstay Bobby Short, Tony and Olivier Award winner Patti LuPone, veteran actress singer Rita Moreno and the young jazz-recording artist Peter Cincotti. The series kicks off June 6-7 with the legendary Short. LuPone, who will co-star in the Ravinia's fall mounting of Sunday in the Park with George, follows Aug. 29-30. Cincotti, who is making his Ravinia debut, is set for July 18-19, and the series concludes with Moreno Aug. 13-14.
One of the cabaret world’s most revered performers, Bobby Short specializes in the works of Cole Porter and Noel Coward. His numerous recordings include “Songs of New York: Live at the Cafe Carlyle,” “Bobby Short Loves Cole Porter,” “How’s Your Romance?,” “Jump for You,” “Nobody Else But Me,” “Piano” and “Speaking of Love/Sing Me a Swing Song.”
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 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.
Peter Cincotti has performed with Harry Connick, Jr. and has played The Knickerbocker, Joe's Pub and The White House. His debut solo recording, "Peter Cincotti," is available on the Concord Records label.
A native of Humacao, Puerto Rico, Rita Moreno won the Academy Award for her role as Anita in the film version of West Side Story. She earned a Best Featured Actress in a Play Tony for her work in Broadway's The Ritz and nabbed two Emmys: one for a guest appearance on "The Muppet Show" and another for a stint on "The Rockford Files." She was awarded the Grammy for her performance on "The Electric Company" album for children. Moreno most recently starred on the acclaimed HBO series “Oz.” In a statement Ravinia President and CEO Welz Kauffman said last year, "In addition to giving legends their due, this series has evolved into an opportunity for newer artists to revel in that style of cabaret showmanship that is rarely presented anymore."
The Ravinia theatres are located in Highland Park, IL; for more information, go to www.ravinia.org.