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An Evening with Patti LuPone is something that should never be missed. Combine that with the possibility of Mandy Patinkin on the stage, and suddenly everyone might wonder if the stage is big enough for these two very big diva egos. :) Take comfort in the fact that the songs and the music fill the space so much that the almost Doyle-ian scenery (lightbulbs on a stand?) is just something that changes colour every so often.

The evening was a great selection of songs from both Sondheim, and Rodgers and Hammerstein plus Kern, and Lloyd Webber. The playlist is below:

01. Another Hundred People
02. When
03. A Cockeyed Optimist
04. Twin Soliloquies
05. Some Enchanted Evening
06. Some Enchanted Evening (Reprise)
07. (Not) Getting Married Today
08. Loving You
09. A Cockeyed Optimist (Reprise)
10. I'm Old Fashioned
11. I Have The Room Above Her
12. Baby It's Cold Outside
13. Everybody Says Don't
14. A Quiet Thing
15. It Takes Two
16. I Won't Dance
17. April in Paris
18. April in Fairbanks
19. Don't Cry For Me Argentina

20. Old Folks
21. Everything's Coming Up Roses
22. The God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues
23. The Hills of Tomorrow
24. Merrily We Roll Along
25. Old Friends
26. Like It Was
27. Franklin Shepard, Inc
28. Somewhere That's Green
29. In Buddy's Eyes
30. You're A Queer One, Julie Jordan
31. If I Loved You
32. If I Loved You (Reprise)
33. What's the Use of Wond'rin
34. If I Loved You (Reprise)
35. You'll Never Walk Alone
36. You're Just In Love
37. Coffee In A Cardboard Cup

Encores: (unmic'd singing)

38. A Hundred Years From Today
39. Pennies From Heaven

With only a bass and piano accompaniment, and a very receptive audience, this evening was something that didn't depend beautiful orchestras or high-tech acoustics. An Evening with lets both performers sing selections from roles that they might never play: Nellie Forbush from South Pacific, or Billy Bigelow from Carousel. Although very surprised that there were no songs from Sunday in the Park with George or Sweeney Todd, I could also understand possible reasons (one pianist is not quite enough to coax the beautiful sounds that I associate with both shows).

The encore songs were unmicced, and the audio reflects that. Great to hear it in a small intimate space (yes, I can call the Royal Alex that since there are three levels, and even at 17 rows back, it was not cavernous).

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