Patti LuPone to Return to Carnegie Hall for Single Performance, 11/7
Tony Award winner and Broadway star Patti LuPone returns to Carnegie Hall on Thursday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, presenting her solo show, Far Away Places-a travelogue of styles and stories that traces the actress's wanderlust with songs from the likes of Kurt Weill, Cole Porter, and Edith Piaf, conceived and directed by Scott Wittman, and with music direction and arrangements by Joseph Thalken.
Tickets, priced at $58 to $125, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.
Ms. LuPone's critically acclaimed show Far Away Places opened concert venue 54 Below in June 2012; her performance at Carnegie Hall features an expanded version of this concert.The New York Times praised Far Away Placesas "[certifiying] Ms. LuPone's place in the lineage of quirky international chanteuses like Lotte Lenya, Marlene Dietrich, and Edith Piaf, who, like Ms. LuPone, conquered show business with forceful, outsize personalities while playing by their own musical rules." This concert marks Ms. LuPone's fourth solo concert at Carnegie Hall, her first solo appearance since her show The Lady With The Torch in March 2005.
Patti LuPone, author of The New York Times bestseller, Patti LuPone: A Memoir, will be featured this fall as Joan Ramsey on this season's installment of the FX series American Horror Story: Coven, and next year will be seen in the new season of the HBO series Girls. Ms. LuPone's most recent Broadway appearances include David Mamet's The Anarchist and the new musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, for which she was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards. Other recent New York stage appearances include her debut with the New York City Ballet as guest soloist in their new production of The Seven Deadly Sins and her performance as Joanne in the New York Philharmonic's production of Company.
Ms. LuPone won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Actress in a Musical and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Performance of the Season for her performance as Madame Rose in the most recent Broadway production of Gypsy. Her other stage credits include her debut with the Los Angeles Opera in Weill-Brecht's Mahagonny; the world premiere of Jake Heggie's opera To Hell and Back with San Francisco's Baroque Philharmonia Orchestra; Mrs. Lovett in John Doyle's production of Sweeney Todd (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations, Drama League Award for Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre); the title role in Marc Blitzstein's Regina; a musical version of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes at the Kennedy Center; Fosca in a concert version of Passion, which was also broadcast on PBS's Live From Lincoln Center; a multi-city tour of her theatrical concert Matters of the Heart; the City Center Encores! production of Can-Can; the New York Philharmonic's productions of Candide and Sweeney Todd (New York Philharmonic debut); and performances on Broadway in Michael Frayn's Noises Off, David Mamet's The Old Neighborhood, Terrence McNally's Master Class, and in her own concert Patti LuPone On Broadway.
Since 2000, she's appeared regularly at the Ravinia Festival, beginning in its Sondheim series when she starred as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Desiree in A Little Night Music, Fosca in Passion, Cora Hooper in Anyone Can Whistle, Madame Rose in Gypsy, and in two different roles in Sunday in the Park with George. Her subsequent appearances there include a reprise of her performance in Heggie'sTo Hell and Back, a concert performance of Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins, and the title role in a concert production of Annie Get Your Gun.
A graduate of the first class of the Drama Division of New York's Juilliard School and a founding member of John Houseman's The Acting Company in which she toured the country for four years, Ms. LuPone had subsequent New York credits in Dario Fo's Accidental Death of An Anarchist; David Mamet's The Water Engine, Edmond, and The Woods; and Israel Horovitz's Stage Directions as well as performances in the musicals Pal Joey for City Center Encores!, Anything Goes (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk Award), The Cradle Will Rock, Oliver!, Evita (Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Actress in a Musical), Working, and The Robber Bridegroom. In London, she won the Olivier Award for her performances as Fantine in the original production of LES MISERABLES and in The Acting Company production of The Cradle Will Rock. She also created the role of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard and recreated her Broadway performance of Maria Callas in Master Class.
Her film credits include Union Square, directed by Nancy Savocca; Parker, directed by Taylor Hackford; Heist and State and Main, both written and directed by David Mamet; as well as City By The Sea, Summer of Sam, Driving Miss Daisy, and Witness. Her TV appearances include Glee, 30 Rock, Ugly Betty, NBC's Will & Grace, the Emmy Award-winning PBS broadcasts of Passion andSweeney Todd, PBS Great Performances' Candide, Oz, the TNT film Monday Night Mayhem, Frasier(1998 Emmy nomination); Law & Order, An Evening with Patti LuPone (PBS), and ABC's Life Goes On. Her extensive recordings include Far Away Places, Patti LuPone at Les Mouches, the 2008 Broadway cast recording of Gypsy, The Lady With the Torch, Sweeney Todd (both the 2006 Broadway revival cast recording and 2000 live performance recording on NY Philharmonic's Special Editions Label), Matters of the Heart (cited as one of the best recordings of 1999 by both Time Out New York and The Times of London), Pal Joey, Heatwave with John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Sunset Boulevard, and Patti LuPone Live.