"Oh What a Show": Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin Share An Evening, Opening on Broadway Nov. 21

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21 Nov 2011

Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin
Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin
Photo by Brigitte Lacombe

For the first time since they dazzled audiences in the original Broadway production of Evita, Tony winners Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin share a Broadway stage in An Evening With Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, which officially opens Nov. 21 following previews that began Nov. 16 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

The 63-performance engagement will continue through Jan. 13, 2012.

An Evening With Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, according to press notes, "reunites these Tony Award-winning virtuosos (and lifelong friends) for the first time since Evita. Much more than a concert, this is a unique musical love story told entirely through a masterful selection of the greatest songs ever written for the stage. Funny, passionate, intimate and utterly unforgettable, this is An Evening no fan of musical theatre — or of these two acclaimed performers — can afford to miss."

The orchestra features musical director Paul Ford on piano and John Beal on bass. The production also includes designs by David Korins, lighting design by Eric Cornwell, sound design by Daniel J. Gerhard and costume design by Jon Can Coskunses. Staci Levine, The Dodgers, Jon B. Platt and Jessica R. Jenen produce.

Audiences can expect to hear such tunes as "Another Hundred People," "When," "A Cockeyed Optimist," "Twin Soliloquies," "Some Enchanted Evening," "Getting Married Today," "Loving You," "I'm Old-Fashioned," "I Have the Room Above Her," "Baby It's Cold Outside," " Everybody Says Don't," "A Quiet Thing," "It Takes Two," "I Won't Dance," "I Want a Man," "April in Fairbanks," "Old Folks," "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Buddy's Blues," "The Hills of Tomorrow," "Merrily We Roll Along," "Old Friends," "Like It Was," "Oh What a Circus," "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Somewhere That's Green," "In Buddy's Eyes," "You're a Queer One, Julie Jordan," "If I Loved You," "What's the Use of Wond'rin'" and "You'll Never Walk Alone."



About the genesis of An Evening, LuPone previously told Playbill.com, "There was a booker in Richardson, Texas — they were opening a brand-new performing arts center — who called my agent at ICM Artists and said, 'I got Mandy, how about Patti?' and then called Mandy's agent and said, 'I have Patti, how about Mandy?' And he put us together after 25 years. So I got a call from Mandy, who said, 'I don't want to just do, You sing a song and I sing a song, and then we do a duet.' I was doing Noises Off at the time, and I said, 'Mandy I can't partake in the development of this.' He said, 'I'll do it. I want to do it.' I said, 'Great, do it.' And we did it, and then we didn't do it for five years. And then all of a sudden it happened again. I guess the idea of Mandy and me being onstage together again is generating enough excitement that we're getting booked all over the place."

Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin
photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

The concert, which was conceived by Patinkin and musical director-pianist Ford, also features direction by Patinkin and dance consulting by Ann Reinking. LuPone says she loves working with Patinkin: "Mandy was my ballast in Evita. Mandy kept me together. I went through a really, really, really rough time in Evita, and Mandy was my support, my shoulder, my hug, my ballast. I adore him, and so I adore working with him onstage. He's dangerous onstage, and I love the fact that he's dangerous, and yet we're safe in each other's arms."

Following Broadway, the concert act will again hit the road. The post-Broadway itinerary follows:

Jan. 17-22, 2012 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, MO
Feb. 14, 2012 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, FL
March 20-25, 2012 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza's Fred Kavil Theatre in Thousand Oaks, CA
March 29, 2012 at The Theatre@1800 in Stevens Point, WI
Sept. 15, 2012 at the Charles W. Eisenmann Center for the Performing Arts in Richardson, TX

For her performance as Rose in the recent revival of Gypsy at the St. James Theatre, Patti LuPone won the Tony Award, the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama League's Distinguished Performance Award. A Tony Award winner for her work in Evita, LuPone also earned an Olivier Award for her performances in the West End productions of Les Misérables and The Cradle Will Rock. Her other theatrical credits include  Company, Women on the Verge of a Nervous BreakdownSunset 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 joined Audra McDonald for Los Angeles Opera's production of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. She was also seen as Rose in a Ravinia Festival concert run of Gypsy. Her screen and recording credits are numerous. LuPone is also scheduled to return to Broadway next season in the new David Mamet play The Anarchist.

Mandy Patinkin won a Tony Award for his role as Che in the Broadway mounting of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Evita. His theatrical work includes roles in Compulsion, The Wild Party, Sunday in the Park with George, The Secret Garden and The Knife. An Emmy Award winner for his work on "Chicago Hope," his other screen credits include "Criminal Minds," "Yentl," "Ragtime," "Dick Tracy," "Broken Glass," "Life with Mikey" and "The Princess Bride." Patinkin's latest solo recording, "Mandy Patinkin Sings Sondheim," is available on the Nonesuch label.

Ticket prices range from $71.50 to $136.50 (20 $25 rush tickets — plus $1.50 facility fee — will be available for purchase on the day of each performance when the box office opens. These tickets will be sold at the box office only, on a first-come, first-served basis with a maximum of two tickets per person). The Barrymore Theatre is located at 243 West 47th Street.  

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