The sweetness and the sorrow are sure to be a part of A Chorus Line alumna Priscilla Lopez's new cabaret act, What I Did for Love, playing Arci's Place in Manhattan Dec. 11-15. Arci's builds on it reputation for showcasing Broadway stars in intimate settings by serving up Lopez, who starred as Morales (earning a Tony Award nomination) in 1975's A Chorus Line. Lopez sang the choice songs "Nothing" and "What I Did for Love" in the groundbreaking show about the hopes, dreams and pains of Broadway chorus dancers. She later starred in Broadway's A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine. Thommie Walsh, her Chorus Line chum, directs her act, with Seth Rudetsky as musical director.
Lopez made her Broadway debut in the short-lived musical, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and appeared in Henry Sweet Henry, Company, Pippin and Lysistrata. She appeared in Manhattan Theatre Club's revue, newyorkers, earlier this year.
Arci's Place is at 450 Park Avenue South between 30th and 31st Streets. What I Did for Love plays 7 PM Tuesday-Thursday and 11 PM Friday Saturday. Tickets to the shows are $30 with a $15 food/drink minimum. Reservations are strongly suggested. For information, call (212) 532 4370 or visit arcisplace.com.
Arci's Place welcomes Paige Price (Saturday Night Fever) and her act, The eX-Files, Dec. 18-22. Price calls her show a "tongue-in-cheek hour that documents, skewers and ironically laments the true (and truly unbelievable) love and lust stories of its author," using a pastiche of stand-up, blues and rock and roll. Peter Flynn directs and Price is backed up by the Dave Keyes Band, original members of the Broadway company of Smokey Joe's Café.
— By Kenneth Jones