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Patti LuPone has laid claim to the definitive version of "Being Alive", proven she's the rightful heir to Elaine Stritch's dominance of "The Ladies Who Lunch" and even delivered an impressive "Not Getting Married Today" in concert with Mandy Patinkin. Why not give her a shot at "Another Hundred People," "You Could Drive A Person Crazy" and "Someone Is Waiting"? Why not give her the whole score? We've seen her accomplish the impossible in her Coulda Woulda Shoulda concert where she duets with herself on "A Boy Like That", as well as performing songs from a number of male leading roles. A solo version of Company is actually right up her alley! I'm especially excited to think of her doing the opening number — she could even sing those city sound effects with her own trumpeting, clarion belt voice. All-Beef Patti!
While we're at, there are other people who might be fascinating doing a musical all by themselves — my heart flutters at the idea of an all-Kristin Chenoweth She Loves Me, an all-Mary Testa Chicago, or even the delicious absurdity of an all-Liza Minnelli Jesus Christ Superstar. The possibilities are endless!
(Ben Rimalower is the author and original star of the critically acclaimed Patti Issues now playing off Off-Broadway. Read Playbill.com's coverage of the solo show here. Visit him at benrimalower.com and follow @benrimalower on Twitter.)
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