Patti LuPone has been described as “The reigning Broadway diva of her generation” by Time Out, New York. LuPone is a two-time Tony Award winner for her performances as Madame Rose in the most recent Broadway revival of the musical Gypsy, and for her now legendary performance in the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Evita. She reprised her performance during Evita’s original Australian run in the early ’80’s.
LuPone has graced stages and screens across the world with credits covering film, TV, recordings and theatre. In 2010, she released her autobiography, Patti LuPone: A Memoir which became a New York Times bestseller.
Most recently, Patti LuPone starred on Broadway as cosmetics pioneer Helena Rubinstein in the musical War Paint and will be returning to London’s West End stage in Marianne Elliot’s new production of the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical Company this year.
LuPone’s commitment and dedication to the material and powerhouse performance on stage is legendary. A fireball of talent and a musical force to be reckoned with, Patti LuPone is one of the greatest performers in modern musical theatre.
This week, Patti Lupone will commence the Australian tour of her critically acclaimed concert, Don’t Monkey with Broadway. Her first Australian performance will be in Adelaide, as part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, and will be followed with performances in Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne.
Don’t Monkey With Broadway has already received great critical acclaim in New York. US site Theater Pizzaz summed up LuPone’s show: “Conceived and directed by her frequent collaborator Scott Wittman, and featuring impeccable music direction by the great Joseph Thalken, this two-act, two-hour show managed to display previously unseen facets of LuPone’s musical personality, while also giving her long-time fans exactly what they came to hear: unparalleled renditions of such anthems of the Great White Way as “Meadowlark,” “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina,” “Some People,” “Being Alive,” and “The Ladies Who Lunch.” And who else – and I mean who else – would have had the guts to come out for a truly unplanned encore, and then belt out the ultra-difficult “Buenos Aries” with such head-on conviction (while also laughing at herself for forgetting a few of the words, and encouraging the theater-savvy crowd to sing along).”
LuPone delivers some of the classic Broadway show tunes by composers such as Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Jule Styne, Stephen Schwartz, Charles Strouse, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, shares how her love affair with Broadway began and explores her concerns for what Manhattan’s Theatre District – the Great White Way – is becoming today. It’s a tantalising treat for music theatre lovers of all ages.
Joining Patti Lupone on stage will be vocal students from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Sydney show), Musical Theatre Students from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (Brisbane show) and young professionals from Polyphonic Voices (Melbourne).
Tickets on sale now at ticketmaster.com.au
Patti LuPone: Don’t Monkey with Broadway
Thursday 21 June 2018 Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
Saturday 23 June 2018 Concert Hall Sydney Opera House
Monday 25 June 2018 Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre
Wednesday 27 June 2018 Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland
Saturday 30 June 2018 Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
Artist Patti LuPone
Conceived and directed by Scott Wittman
Musical Direction Joseph Thalken