Patti LuPone Moves 'Today Show' Appearance to April 26

Tony Award-winning Sweeney Todd star Patti LuPone, who was originally to have appeared on "The Today Show" on April 25th to promote her new album "The Lady with the Torch," is now set to appear on the show the next day.  The star will appear during the 8:30-9 AM segment of the show, which airs from 7 to 10 AM EST on NBC.

LuPone will also perform the Gershwins' "The Man I Love," which is included on her new CD. "The Lady with the Torch," a collection of smoky standards and ballads.  The album will be released by Ghostlight Records on April 25th.  The CD also includes songs such as "Ill Wind," "So In Love" and "Body and Soul."

LuPone will be accompanied on piano by musical director Chris Fenwick, as well as John Beal (on bass), Lawrence Feldman (saxophone) and Paul Pizutti (percussion).

LuPone, who is currently appearing in Sweeney Todd, will also perform a benefit concert of "The Lady with the Torch" on May 22nd at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre.  The performer has been one of Broadway's foremost leading ladies since her star-making turn in 1979's Evita, for which she won a Tony Award. The star, who graduated from Julliard and was a member of John Houseman's famed Acting Company in the '70s.  Broadway credits include Noises Off, The Old Neighborhood, Master Class, Anything Goes (Tony nomination), Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Oliver!, Working, The Three Sisters, The Robber Bridegroom (Tony nomination) and The Beggar's Opera; she has also starred in Pal Joey and Can-Can at Encores! Additionally, she originated the role of Fantine in the London production of Les Miserables, starred as Norma Desmond in the 1993 West End production of Sunset Boulevard (her last appearance in a fully-staged musical), and played Genevieve in the original production of The Baker's Wife.

For more on "The Lady with the Torch," visit www.sh-k-boom.com.

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