Broadway Paid Tribute to Patti LuPone in Song at Patti's Turn; Plus Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman's "You're the Top" Lyrics
By Andrew Gans
The Acting Company saluted Tony and Olivier winner Patti LuPone (Evita, Anything Goes, Gypsy, Master Class, Les Miserables, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), a founding member and board director of the classical repertory Company, March 12 at The Kaye Playhouse with an evening titled Patti's Turn, which featured a mix of songs and stories.
The evening boasted the talents of two other Acting Company founding members, Kevin Kline and David Schramm, as well as Kristin Chenoweth, Sutton Foster, Harvey Fierstein, Zoe Caldwell, Laura Benanti, Boyd Gaines, Melissa Errico, Howard McGillin, Anthony Dean Griffey, Manoel Feliciano, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.
The repertoire for the tribute, according to an Acting Company spokesperson, follows:
MANOEL FELCIANO: "NOT WHILE I'M AROUND"
Tony winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray, "Smash") furnished Cole Porter's "You're the Top" with new lyrics to honor their friend LuPone. Their witty tribute follows:
MARC Patti, we wrote something for you last year when you were honored by THE DRAMA LEAGUE.
SCOTT We wanted to find the time to write you something new for tonight, but that idea was SMASHED by SMASH where we have had to write over 200 songs...
SCOTT But we did come up with a new intro!
(sung to the tune of "YOU'RE THE TOP")
AT WORDS PROLIFIC
BUT NOW THIS SEASON
SO WITH YOUR PERMISSION
YOU'RE THE TOP
YOU'RE A JUILL'ARD GRAD
YOU'RE THE TOP
WE'RE A DESPERATE TWO
YOU'RE A TOOL
YOU'RE A DIVA WHO
WE WRITE BROADWAY SHOWS
YOU'RE THE SPARK
IT'S ST. PATTI'S DAY
MARC'S A WORTHLESS HACK
"Patti was with us in the beginning," stated Margot Harley, The Acting Company's producing artistic director, "and has never really left. She toured for our first four seasons and has continued to entertain for us, raise money for us and serves on our board of directors. Patti is a beloved member of The Acting Company family and we are proud to salute her and her extraordinary career. Will Patti sing for her supper? Yes!"
The Acting Company, the Tony Award-winning touring classical repertory Company, recently began its 39th national tour at the Guthrie Theater and will play New York's Baruch Performing Arts Center in April presenting Julius Caesar, a new production directed by Rob Melrose of San Francisco’s Cutting Ball Theater, and The Comedy of Errors, directed by Ian Belknap.
Founded by John Houseman and Margot Harley in 1972, The Acting Company has brought classical and new works to under-served communities and into disadvantaged schools in 49 states and 10 foreign countries earning a Tony for Excellence in Theater, Obies, Audelcos and Los Angeles Critics Circle Awards.
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