Leslie Kritzer to Re-create Vintage Patti LuPone Concert

By Andrew Gans
06 Sep 2006

During her run in Evita, Tony Award winner Patti LuPone played an extended, acclaimed engagement at the now defunct New York nightspot Les Mouches.



Leslie Kritzer, a Drama Desk nominee for her work in The Great American Trailer Park Musical, will re-create LuPone's now-legendary concerts in an evening entitled Leslie Kritzer is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches. Directed by Ben Rimalower, the evening is scheduled for Oct. 4 at 9:30 PM at Joe's Pub.

LuPone's original musical director, David Lewis, will return as musical director for Kritzer's evening and will utilize the show's original arrangements. 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. Director Ben Rimalower helmed the Off-Broadway production of Joy as well as the all-star benefit concert of Snoopy.

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 Avenue. There is a $25 cover charge plus food/drink minimum. Call (212) 239-6200 for reservations or visit www.telecharge.com.