LuPone Plays LuPone on TV's "Will & Grace"

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Patti LuPone will guest star in an upcoming episode of the hit NBC situation comedy "Will & Grace."

Liz Smith reports that LuPone will play herself in the Emmy-winning series, which often features celebrity guests. Others who have made appearances as their celebrity selves include Cher, Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson and Tony Award winner Bebe Neuwirth. No air date for the LuPone episode has been announced. It's an especially busy time for the Tony and Olivier Award-winning LuPone, who is touring her acclaimed Matters of the Heart concert throughout the country. As previously announced, LuPone will star in concert stagings of Regina at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts March 10-12. Following that D.C. appearance, she will return to New York for her third solo Carnegie Hall concert. The March 14 evening is titled "The Lady with the Torch" and will feature songs culled from her recent appearances at Feinstein's at the Regency. She'll end the month of March playing Fosca in the American Songbook presentation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Passion. That March 30-April 1 staging also features Tony Award winners Audra McDonald and Michael Cerveris.

A Tony Award winner for her work in Evita, Patti LuPone also earned an Olivier Award for her performances in the West End productions of Lés Misérables and The Cradle Will Rock. Her other theatrical credits include Sunset 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. For the past four summers she has appeared in concert versions of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, Passion, A Little Night Music and Sunday in the Park with George at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, IL.

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