According to LuPone's official website, the actress has also accepted a role in the upcoming City Center Encores! presentation of Can-Can. Encores! will present the Cole Porter musical Feb. 12-15. This will mark LuPone's second appearance in the acclaimed concert series; she previously played Vera Simpson opposite Peter Gallagher's Pal Joey.
LuPone is also at work on a new solo show, following the success of Patti LuPone on Broadway, Matters of the Heart and Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda. Her newest program is entitled The Torch Show, and the former Evita star will premiere the evening at Feinstein's at the Cinegrill in Hollywood, CA, March 29-April 1. LuPone will then bring her Torch Show to Manhattan for an extended engagement at Feinstein's at the Regency, April 6-24.
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 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.
Can-Can kicks off the new Encores! season, Feb. 12-14, 2004. The Cole Porter musical originally debuted at the Shubert Theatre in May 1953, where it played 892 performances before closing in June 1955. Gwen Verdon was among the original cast of the musical, which featured such Porter tunes as "I Am in Love," "Allez-Vous-En, Go Away," "C'est Magnifique," "I Love Paris" and the title tune.