DIVA TALK: It's Turkey-Lurkey Time

By Andrew Gans
26 Nov 1998

If you're looking for holiday gift ideas, check out the latest Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS catalog. Several divas have made signed copies of their recordings available to benefit this worthy organization. For $40 a piece, you can receive autographed copies of Betty Buckley's "An Evening at Carnegie Hall," Audra McDonald's "Way Back to Paradise," Wesla Whitfield's "Teach Me Tonight" or Marcia Lewis's "Nowadays." Call (212) 840-0770 ext. 250 for more information.

IN OTHER NEWS Karen Mason will perform a series of Christmas concerts at the Laurie Beechman Theatre (at the West Bank Cafe) on Sundays, Dec. 6, 13 and 20 at 7:30pm. There is a $30 music charge and a one-drink minimum, and reservations can be made by calling (212) 695-6909. The West Bank Cafe is located at 407 West 42nd Street, west of 9th Avenue . . . The latest actress to throw her name into the ring for the upcoming revival of A Little Night Music is "Cagney & Lacey" star Sharon Gless. It would be Gless's first musical, but the Emmy winning actress has appeared on the London stage in productions of Misery and Chapter Two. Gless joins such would-be Desiree Armfeldts as Betty Buckley, Glenn Close and Ann-Margret.. Desiree's solo is, of course, the frequently recorded "Send in the Clowns." . . . The recent Cameron Mackintosh salute, Hey, Mr. Producer is now available on video and contains many more musical numbers than the version broadcast on PBS. Two of the scenes not shown on PBS but on the video are Bernadette Peters' rousing version of "Unexpected Song" and a comical take on "Broadway Baby" with Peters, Julia McKenzie, Maria Friedman and a dozen other women vying for the attention of a Broadway producer.


Loni Ackerman currently stars in The Story Goes On, a new revue of the work of Richard Maltby and David Shire through Dec. 13 at the Kaufman Theatre. Directed by Ray Roderick with Mr. Shire at the piano, tickets are available by calling (212) 239-6200. The Kaufman Theatre is located on 42nd Street between 10th and 11th Avenues.

BB concert line-up:
Dec. 28 at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples, FL
Dec. 29 at the Kravis Center for the Perf Arts in West Palm Beach, FL
Dec. 30 in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Dec. 31 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, FL
Jan. 14, 1999 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre in Irvine, CA
Jan. 16 at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, DE
Feb. 6 at the Bob Hope Cultural Center in Palm Desert, CA
April 17 at the Lehman Center for the Perf. Arts in Bronx, NY
April 23 at the College of New Jersey in Erwing, NJ
May 3 at the Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center in Chicago, Ill.

Dec. 8-9 at the FAU Auditorium in Boca Raton, FL

LuPone will bring her acclaimed, new concert act, "Matters of the Heart," to the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia on Jan. 11 and 13. The new act, which premiered this past August in California, was conceived and directed by Scott Wittman, the same man responsible for her Broadway concert, Patti LuPone on Broadway. The new act is an evening of original and contemporary music and boasts an eclectic mix of songwriters, including works by Lennon and McCartney, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter and Randy Newman. For ticket info and orders, go to www.tickettek.com.au/Sydney Festival Home Page or www.sydneyfestival.org.au. Trivia buffs will recall that Patti has performed in Australia on one other occasion when she received critical acclaim in the Australian production of Evita in the early eighties.

After her Sydney engagement, LuPone will bring the new act to the McCallum Theater in Palm Desert, California on Jan. 29 and 30, 1999. Call the McCallum's box office at (760) 340-2787 for tickets. And, on March 5, 6, and 7 she will appear with the Baltimore Symphony in Baltimore. Tickets go on sale Jan. 4, 1999, but they may be purchased during the Symphony's early sale from December 1 to 23; call 410-783-8000.

Dec. 10-13 with the Phoenix Symphony in Phoenix, Arizona

Karen Akers now through Dec. 5
Darlene Love begins Dec. 8

Well, that's all for now. Happy diva-watching!

by Andrew Gans
e-mail me at andrew_gans@playbill.com

Diva Talk is dedicated to the memory of Matthew Shepard, 1976 1998.