Photo Coverage: Patti LuPone & Acting Company Alums Take Bows in THE CRADLE WILL ROCK Benefit
Just last night, Patti LuPone stepped back into the role that led to her Olivier Award, and being cast as the original Fantine in LES MISERABLES, in The Cradle Will Rock at 7pm at Broadway's Bernard Jacobs Theatre, 242 West 45th Street. The one-night concert of Marc Blitzstein's iconic work benefits The Acting Company, which LuPone founded alongside Kevin Kline, John Houseman and Margot Harley. Lonny Price served as musical director. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the special curtain call!
LuPone's son Josh Johnston and cousin Johann Carlo-also alums of The Acting Company- joined her along with Randle Mell, David Schramm (Finian's Rainbow, TV's Wings), Tom Alan Robbins (Newsies, The Lion King), Brian Reddy (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Casey Biggs (TFANA's Hamlet), Mary Lou Rosato and Denise Woods will return along with other Acting Company Alums Derek Smith (The Dance of Death, The Lion King), Johann Carlo, Fred Arsenault (Born Yesterday, The Royal Family), Todd Cerveris (War Horse, South Pacific) and Suzy Kohane, Grant Fletcher Prewitt and Josh Johnston who will have just finished the Company's 2013-14 tour.
"The Cradle Will Rock, set in 'Steeltown, USA' focuses on the efforts of the town's workers to combat a greedy businessman," said Margot Harley, The Acting Company Producer and co-founder. "It is first-rate theater and our cast of Broadway regulars will find even richer meanings today."
The Acting Company has toured 138 productions to 49 states and 10 foreign countries earning a TONY for Excellence in Theater, Obies, Audelcos and Los Angeles Critics Circle Awards. Rainn Wilson, Frances Conroy, Jeffrey Wright, Harriet Harris, Keith David, Hamish Linklater and Jesse L. Martin are but a handful of other performers who began their careers on tour with The Acting Company.
The cast of THE CRADLE WILL ROCK