Patti LuPone back in the West End
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
TONY and Olivier Award-winning Patti LuPone is returning to the West End for just seven performances at Leicester Square Theatre – from Sunday, June 16 to Sunday, June 23, 2013.
Patti LuPone is best known for her Tony Award-winning performance as Eva Perón in the Broadway production of Evita and creating the role of Fantine in the original London cast of Les Misérables, for which she was named Best Actress in a Musical at the Oliviers.
She also created the role of Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard in the West End and won a second Best Actress Tony Award as Mama Rose in the 2008 Broadway revival of Gypsy.
The evening is hosted by the Grammy and Emmy nominated Seth Rudetsky, who is the popular daily Broadway host of Sirius/XM Radio in the United States.
Rudetsky accompanies LuPone on the piano and interviews her about the ups and downs of her distinguished career. The result is described as an unmissable 75-minute combination of intimate cabaret and revealing conversation in the presence of one of the true greats of musical theatre.
Songs performed will be many of the signature tunes from her hit shows and a few surprise choices. These will include numbers from Evita that she hasn’t performed live in 30 years, as well as songs from musicals such as Gypsy, Company and Anything Goes. Hilarious and riveting anecdotes will also be shared by LuPone throughout the night.
Patti LuPone’s illustrious Broadway career has also included Tony Award nominations for Anything Goes, Sweeney Todd and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. She also appeared in concert with her Evita co-star Mandy Patinkin in An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin.
Her other theatre credits there include Michael Frayn’s Noises Off, David Mamet’s The Old Neighborhood, Terrence McNally’s Master Class (also in the West End), and her own concert Patti LuPone on Broadway.
In addition to her acclaimed stage career, Patti LuPone’s film work includes Union Square, Parker, City By The Sea, Heist, State and Main, Summer of Sam, Driving Miss Daisy, and Witness. She has also made guest appearances on television – in Glee, 30 Rock, Ugly Betty, Will & Grace, OZ, Frasier, Law & Order and Life Goes On.
Tickets: £40 – £65 – available from the box office on 08448 733433 or online at www.leicestersquaretheatre.com/.
Sunday, June 16 at 7pm.
No performance Monday, June 17.
Tuesday, June 18 at 7pm.
Wednesday, June 19 at 7pm.
Thursday, June 20 at 7pm.
No performance Friday, June 21.
Saturday, June 22 at 6.30pm.
Sunday, June 23 at 4.30pm and 7pm.
On Saturday, June 22 (9.30pm), Seth Rudetsky is also premiering his critically acclaimed solo show Deconstructing Broadway.
Best known to US audiences as the daily Broadway host of Sirius/XM radio, Rudetsky was nominated for a Grammy Award for his recordings of the musical Hair as well as an Emmy for his writing on The Rosie O’Donnell Show.
Rudetsky’s career has also included performing in Broadway shows, writing three books, penning a weekly Playbill.com column, and playing piano in more than a dozen hit musicals, including Ragtime, Les Miserables, and The Phantom of the Opera. And recently, he began his own internet entertainment network at www.SethTV.com.
In Deconstructing Broadway, this multi-talented performer gives an insightful, affectionate and, above all, hysterical take on some of the greatest musical theatre moments.
Tickets: £17.50 – £15.
Both shows are presented by Mark Cortale.