First up for the Tony and Olivier Award-winning actress is a star-studded concert version of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music at Illinois' Ravinia Festival. Directed by A Class Act's Lonny Price, the three night event (Aug. 22-24) casts LuPone as Desiree Armfeldt and George Hearn as Fredrik Egerman. Also starring in the production of the 1973 Tony Award-winning musical are Zoe Caldwell (Madame Armfeldt), Sara Ramirez (Petra), John McVeigh (Henrik Egerman), Hollis Resnik (Countess Charlotte Malcolm) and current Thoroughly Modern Millie star Marc Kudisch as Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm.
The Hugh Wheeler-Sondheim musical will play the Ravinia Festival's 3,300 seat Pavilion Theatre, which is located in Highland Park, IL. Tickets range from $10 (lawn seats) to $75 and may be purchased by calling the theatre's box office at (847) 266-5100.
On Sept. 14 LuPone will team up with her former Evita co-star, Tony winner Mandy Patinkin, for a one-night-only concert dubbed “An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin.” The two actor-singers will share the stage of the Charles W. Eisemann Center in Richardson, Texas, which is located at 2351 Performance Drive. Call the theatre’s box office for tickets: (972) 744-4650.
Then, LuPone will offer several solo concerts, performing her Matters of the Heart and Coulda Woulda Shoulda programs around the country. Matters of the Heart features tunes from LuPone's CD of the same name, a repertoire she performed at both London's Donmar Warehouse and Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre. Coulda Woulda Shoulda premiered at New York's Carnegie Hall and features songs LuPone "could have, would have and should have" sung on the Broadway stage but didn't get the chance to — one of the highlights of that act is a medley of West Side Story's "A Boy Like That" and "I Have a Love," which features the performer singing the roles of Maria and Anita simultaneously. LuPone's solo gigs follow: Oct. 4 at the Tillis Center in Long Island, NY (Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda); 631-293-2222
March 27, 2003 at the East County Performing Arts Center in El Cajon, CA (Matters of the Heart); 619-440-2277
March 28-29 at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, CA (Matters of the Heart); 760-340-2787
March 30 at the Ham Auditorium at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, NV (Matters of the Heart); 702-895-ARTS