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:

playlist )

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).
:: massed flailing :: NOooooooooo. :(

GYPSY to Close Early on January 11, 2009
by BWW News Desk

The award winning, critically acclaimed smash hit production of GYPSY, originally announced to close on Sunday, March 1, 2009, will now play its final performance at the St. James Theatre (246 West 44th Street) on Sunday, January 11, 2009.

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Will LuPone Gypsy Revival Be Filmed?

By Andrew Gans
December 1, 2008

A notice on the ticketing website indicates that the current revival of Gypsy at the St. James Theatre, starring two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone, will likely be filmed.

When purchasing tickets for the final performances of the acclaimed production — which ends its run March 1, 2009, at the conclusion of LuPone's original contract — the following notice appears:

"IMPORTANT NOTICE: This performance of 'Gypsy' may be filmed for future purposes. Please be advised that stationary and moving cameras may be placed throughout the theatre as we attempt to capture this historic production on film."

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LuPone Gypsy to End Broadway Run in March 2009

By Andrew Gans
November 13, 2008

The current revival of Gypsy — starring Tony Award winners Patti LuPone, Boyd Gaines and Laura Benanti — will end its run at the St. James Theatre March 1, 2009, at the conclusion of LuPone's original contract.

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Track List Announced for "Patti LuPone at Les Mouches"

By Andrew Gans
September 25, 2008

The track list has been announced for "Patti LuPone at Les Mouches," a digitally restored recording of Patti LuPone's 1980 club act that will arrive in stores on CD Nov. 11 on the Ghostlight Records label.

It was during her Tony-winning run in the original Broadway production of Evita when current Gypsy star LuPone also took the cabaret world by storm. For 27 consecutive weeks, LuPone played Saturday evenings at midnight (following her 8 PM performance in Evita) at the now-closed nightclub Les Mouches. Nearly 30 years later a recording of that acclaimed concert act will be released on the Ghostlight Records label.

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Ghostlight Will Release Vintage Recording, "Patti LuPone at Les Mouches"

By Andrew Gans
August 14, 2008

It was during her Tony-winning run in the original Broadway production of Evita when current Gypsy star Patti LuPone also took the cabaret world by storm.

For 27 consecutive weeks, LuPone played Saturday evenings at midnight (following her 8 PM performance in Evita) at the now-closed nightclub Les Mouches. Nearly 30 years later a recording of that acclaimed concert act will be released on the Ghostlight Records label.

"Patti LuPone at Les Mouches," which features a digitally restored recording of LuPone's 1980 club act, will arrive in stores on CD Nov. 11.

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Balgord Is LuPone's Standby in Gypsy Revival

By Andrew Gans
June 22, 2008

Linda Balgord, who was most recently on Broadway in The Pirate Queen, is the new standby for the role of Rose — played by 2008 Tony winner Patti LuPone — in the acclaimed revival of Gypsy at the St. James Theatre.

Lenora Nemetz, who plays Mazeppa and Miss Cratchitt in the revival of the Stephen Sondheim-Arthur Laurents-Jule Styne musical, had agreed to cover the role of Rose until a standby was hired; Nemetz played the role at one performance. Nemetz will remain in her other roles with Balgord as the full-time standby, according to a show spokesperson.

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August, Catered, Macbeth, Pacific and LuPone Win Drama League Awards

By Andrew Gans
May 16, 2008

Winners of the 74th Annual Drama League Awards were announced May 16 at a luncheon in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Marquis Hotel hosted by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, who is back on Broadway this season in A Catered Affair.

Founded in 1916, the Drama League is an association of theatre professionals and patrons dedicated to "encouraging the finest in professional theatre and has since then developed into the theatre's premiere service organization." The Drama League presents awards in four categories: Distinguished Production of a Musical, Play, Revival of a Musical and Revival of a Play.

Winners included A Catered Affair (Distinguished Production of a Musical), August: Osage County (Distinguished Production of a Play), South Pacific (Distinguished Production of a Revival of a Musical) and Macbeth (Distinguished Production of a Revival of a Play).

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2007-2008 Tony Nominations Announced; In the Heights Earns 13 Noms.

By Andrew Gans
May 13, 2008

The 2007-2008 Tony Award nominations were announced May 13 by Tony Award winners Sara Ramirez and David Hyde Pierce at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Nominees for Best Musical include Cry-Baby, In the Heights, Passing Strange and Xanadu.

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Gypsy Cast Will Head Into the Recording Studio May 5

By Andrew Gans
May 2, 2008

The cast of the current, acclaimed revival of Gypsy — including Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Boyd Gaines and two-time Tony nominee Laura Benanti — will head into a Manhattan recording studio May 5 and 6 to preserve the Stephen Sondheim-Jule Styne score.

The CD will be released on the Time-Life Records label, according to a spokesperson for the company. An August 2008 release is currently scheduled.

The recording will boast songs cut from the original Broadway production of Gypsy: "Three Wishes for Christmas," "Momma's Talking Soft," "Nice She Ain't," "This Is Mother's Day," "Smile Girls," "Who Needs Him?," and an alternate version of "This Is Mother's Day," all featuring new orchestrations penned by Jonathan Tunick.

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Perpetual anticipation is good for the soul but it's bad for the heart...

Sondheim as the Waltz King... his most famous piece for 3/4 time - A Little Night Music. I found a copy of The 1996 (London) Royal National Theatre recording with Dame Judi Dench so I'm more than pleased to be able to share it (along with some other recordings of A Little Night Music) with all y'all. :)

ETA: *sigh* One of my favourite scenes: A Weekend in the Country isn't in the 1996 RNT recording (wasn't part of the original file)... and since I've got four versions of ALNM playing, I didn't notice the lack... my bad and my apologies.

ETA 2: Aha! (12 A Weekend in the Country) I will be revising the file and create a new link (which also includes Dench's CD cover)

Send in the clowns )
Curtain Up! It’s Patti’s Turn

Watch out, New York. Patti LuPone has found her focus. And when Ms. LuPone is truly focused, she’s a laser, she incinerates. Especially when she’s playing someone as dangerously obsessed as Momma Rose in the wallop-packing revival of the musical “Gypsy,” which opened on Thursday night at the St. James Theater.

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A whole collection of Sweeney's - OBC, revivals, various concert versions, motion picture, boots, and such.

Burton's DVD comes out in a week... so we might as well have some meat pies while we wait :)

A Collection of Sweeney's - Notably, the original Broadway cast's opening night performance. :)

Swing your razor high, Sweeney )

Other chaos can be found here:
Sing Out, Laura. It’s Your Turn.

IT’S hard to cover a tattoo when there’s a striptease involved.

Night after night (and two afternoons a week), Laura Benanti’s makeup assistant spends quite some time masking the butterfly the actress has tattooed on her lower back so it won’t show in “Let Me Entertain You,” the eye-riveting number in which Ms. Benanti, as the gawky Louise in “Gypsy,” molts into the stripper Gypsy Rose Lee.

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Two Helpings of Pie From Broadway’s Fridge


“SOUTH PACIFIC” and “Gypsy,” which both return to Broadway this spring, originally opened 10 years apart, standing neatly as theatrical bookends of the 1950s. The Rodgers and Hammerstein romance set in the Pacific during World War II had its New York premiere in April 1949, on the cusp of that fabled decade of American prosperity and self-confidence. The brassy musical inspired by Gypsy Rose Lee’s memoir first took a bow in May 1959, as the decade drew to a close and only a few shadows of the more fractious era ahead could be discerned on the horizon.

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Lansbury, LuPone, Benanti, Monk, Myers and More Are Ladies Who Sing Sondheim April 7

By Kenneth Jones
20 Feb 2008

The title says it all. The Ladies Who Sing Sondheim, a one-night musical evening at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre April 7, will bring major Broadway divas into the spotlight to benefit The Acting Company.

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Benanti and Gaines Will Join LuPone for Broadway Gypsy Revival

Benanti and Gaines Will Join LuPone for Broadway Gypsy Revival

By Andrew Gans
19 Dec 2007

As previously reported on, the upcoming Broadway revival of Gypsy — starring Tony and Olivier Award winner Patti LuPone as that stage mother of all stage mothers, Rose — will play the St. James Theatre.

After a limited engagement this past summer at City Center — the inaugural production of the Encores! Summer Stars series — the acclaimed mounting of Gypsy starring LuPone will begin previews at the St. James March 3, 2008, with an official opening March 27.

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Sweeney Todd in Concert (San Francisco, July 2001)

This is the second 'recorded' opportunity to hear Patti LuPone as Mrs Lovett, and the third occasion where George Hearn plays the Demon Barber of Fleet Street [previously: 1982 National Tour videorecording, 2000 NYPO performances].

I think if you listen to these two performers sequentially, it's amazing how their take on these two very iconic characters have evolved over the years. For Hearn, he's reprised this role over twenty years -- first as a replacement to Len Cariou in the original 1979 Broadway production, then creating the role on the first tour (1981), and here... we can hear him so many years later bringing a new depth to Sweeney Todd.

Patti LuPone doesn't have twenty years on the role, but her take on Lovett has become more focussed over the years. In listening to the 2000 NYPO version through to the 2001 SF performance into the 2005 revival, she's toned down the 'Patti-ness' that she always brings to the stage and made it a part of Lovett's characterization.

Even though we don't have Audra McDonald playing the Beggar Woman here, Victoria Clark (of later Light in the Piazza fame) brings a different sound to Lucy.

On several occasions, I've seen postings of Sweeney Todd claiming to have the SF cast only to learn that it was the NYPO performances. I've liked Lonny Price's semi-staged concert productions... so this DVD joins my stack. :)

Raise Your Razor High... )
NYT: Sondheim Dismembers 'Sweeney'

Sondheim Dismembers 'Sweeney'

Leah Gallo/Paramount Pictures
Jamie Campbell Bower, left, as Anthony and Johnny Depp as the title character in the film version of "Sweeney Todd."
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EEEEE!!! Patti :D

Curtain Up! Patti LuPone Gypsy Is Headed to Broadway in 2008

By Andrew Gans
28 Nov 2007

After a limited engagement this past summer at City Center — the inaugural production of the Encores! Summer Stars series — the acclaimed mounting of Gypsy starring Tony and Olivier Award winner Patti LuPone will arrive on Broadway in 2008.

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I think that I'm probably going in the strangest order of listening to music and songs when I realize (belatedly) that the first time I heard I've Got the Sun in the Morning wasn't through Annie Get Your Gun. Not with Ethel Merman, or Bernadette Peters, or even Reba McEntire... but Patti LuPone.


The song was from Ms LuPone's Live disc but it's interesting how I'll remember songs because she's sung them... :)


Jul. 27th, 2007 01:32 pm
The City Center Summer Stars Encores! presentation of Jules Stynes and Arthur Laurent's Gypsy with Patti LuPone, Laura Benanti and Boyd Gaines is completing its limited run this weekend with the July 29th performance. I reaaaaaaaaally like Ms LuPone. :)

But below are some of the previous revival recordings - the latest with Bernadette Peters, and the 1989 effort with Tyne Daly (of Laverne and Shirley, and then Judging Amy) :)

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Jun. 14th, 2007 10:41 pm
Meadowlark is probably one of the most famous songs from a Schwartz musical that didn't have a Broadway run. It's from The Baker's Wife by Stephen Schwartz. :) The Elphaba's seem to like singing this song - at least, Julia Murney has mentioned (several times) singing this song to the accompaniment of Andrew Lippa for Stephen Schwartz. Both Stephanie J Block and Eden Espinosa have also sung this song (see below).

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Reply and I'll give you a letter. You have to find five songs that start with that letter and post them to your journal.

[ profile] timeboundpythia gave me the letter A:

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