Tony Winners LuPone and Hearn to Reunite at the Ravinia Festival

News   Tony Winners LuPone and Hearn to Reunite at the Ravinia Festival
As previously reported, Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Brian Stokes Mitchell will join forces for staged concerts of Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun this summer at the Ravinia Festival in Illinois.

George Hearn
George Hearn

Lonny Price will direct the Aug. 13-15 concerts, which will boast LuPone as the sharp-shootin' Annie Oakley and Mitchell as Frank Butler. Newly announced for the concerts is Tony winner George Hearn, who will play the role of Buffalo Bill Cody. LuPone and Hearn were last on the Ravinia stage together in Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd.

The artists will be backed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which will be conducted by Paul Gemignani.

LuPone's last musical theatre outing at Ravinia was Rose in Gypsy, a role she later repeated on Broadway to Tony-winnning effect. LuPone previously played the role of Oakley in a one-night-only benefit concert at Lincoln Center Theater's Vivian Beaumont. The upcoming concerts will celebrate the 150th birthday of Annie Oakley.

George Hearn won Tony Awards for his performances in La Cage aux Folles and Sunset Boulevard and was also nominated for his work in Watch on the Rhine, A Doll's Life and Putting It Together. Hearn's other Broadway credits include Wicked; Meet Me in St. Louis; Ghetto; Ah, Wilderness!; Whodunnit; I Remember Mama; Sweeney Todd: An Almost Perfect Person; Hamlet; The Changing Room; 1776; and A Time for Singing.

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