Barbara Cook, Mandy Patinkin, Michael Rupert Spend Monday at the Plaza With James May 23

By Adam Hetrick
May 23, 2011

Barbara Cook, Mandy Patinkin and Michael Rupert take part in Monday at the Plaza with James, a tribute to Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner James Lapine, May 23 in the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel.



Mo Rocca (Spelling Bee) hosts the 7 PM performance, directed by Dan Knechtges, which celebrates the director-librettist who has collaborated with Stephen Sondheim on the musicals Sunday in the Park With George, Into the Woods and Passion. Among his other theatre credits are Falsettos, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Dirty Blonde and Golden Child.

The evening reunites Lapine with many of his previous cast members, including Cook (Sondheim on Sondheim, Candide), Patinkin (Sunday in the Park…, Evita), Rupert (Falsettos), Carolee Carmello (Parade, Falsettos), Stephen Bogardus (Falsettos, Man of La Mancha), Debra Monk (Curtains, Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing), Heather MacRae (Falsettos), Claudia Shear (Dirty Blonde), Vanessa Williams (Into the Woods, Sondheim on Sondheim), Dan Fogler (Spelling Bee), Melissa Dye (Into the Woods) and opera star Deborah Voigt.

Monday at the Plaza with James begins with a cocktail reception at 6 PM, followed by dinner and performances. For additional information phone (646) 957-9567 or visit NYTW.