Photo Coverage: Leslie Kritzer's Last 'Les Mouches' Show
In the show, Kritzer performs the exact song set, arrangements and script of the legendary smash club act LuPone did at midnight on Saturdays during her run on Broadway in Evita at the no longer existent Chelsea club, Les Mouches. Kritzer opened in the show on October 4th, and brought it back to Joe's Pub for a number of return engagements. LuPone's original Les Mouches musical director/arranger David Lewis led the band in an evening directed and produced by Ben Rimalower (Joy).
"Leslie Kritzer is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches" includes such popular songs as Patti Smith's "Because The Night" Cole Porter's "Love For Sale," Petula Clark's "Downtown," Sondheim's "Not While I'm Around," Arlen's "Come Rain Or Come Shine," Stephen Schwartz's "Meadowlark," and Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" and "Rainbow High"--both from Evita. LuPone, who most recently portrayed Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, won a Tony Award for her performance in the title role of that show.
Kritzer was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her performance as "Pickles" in The Great American Trailer Park Musical. On Broadway, she has appeared in Hairspray, while Off-Broadway credits include Bat Boy and Godspell. She has also appeared at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Funny Girl and Grease. She is currently in San Francisco with the Broadway-bound Legally Blonde.
A CD of "Leslie Kritzer is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches" is also in the works. It will be released by Sh-K-Boom Records.
The official "Leslie Kritzer is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches" website is at: www.myspace.com/heavenisadisco.
Leslie Kritzer with her voice teacher D. Michael Heath
Leslie Kritzer with her boyfriend Nick Pirog
Adam Feldman (Time Out New York) and Leslie Kritzer
Jason Courson and Ben Rimalower
Jason Courson and Leslie Kritzer