Patti Issues PLAYLIST: The 12 Patti LuPone Videos That Inspired Ben Rimalower's Solo Show

By Ben Rimalower
24 Aug 2013

4. "Being Alive" 

If one musical theatre event could be called the nexus of my entire adolescence, it is without a doubt the PBS broadcast of "Sondheim: A Celebration At Carnegie Hall." I was already a huge fan of Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, Company and Merrily We Roll Along, but this concert introduced me to the vast array of Sondheim's other shows (and other songs!). What made it so thrilling, besides Paul Gemignani conducting a huge orchestra at Carnegie Hall, was an absolutely world-class roster of stars including Liza Minnelli, Madeline Kahn, Bernadette Peters, Betty Buckley, Glenn Close, Dorothy Loudon and, stopping the show cold with the definitive version of "Being Alive," my girl, Patti LuPone.