Patti LuPone brings classic Broadway hits to Mercyhurst

Friday April 12, 2019

patti luponeTwo-time Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Patti LuPone takes the stage of Mercyhurst University’s Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center on Thursday, May 2, for a special one-night-only performance of her acclaimed concert, Don’t Monkey with Broadway

Backed by musical director Joseph Thalken on the piano, LuPone will explore, through indelible interpretations of classic Broadway show tunes by the likes of Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Jule Styne, Stephen Schwartz, Charles Strouse, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, how her life-long love affair with Broadway began and her concern for what the Great White Way is becoming today.

A Broadway veteran of nearly five decades, LuPone lays claim to some of the most prestigious stage credits of any contemporary performer. Her star-making turn as Eva Perón in the original production of Evita earned LuPone her first Tony Award as well as a place in Broadway history. Her electrifying portrayal of Madame Rose in Arthur Laurents’ 2008 revival of Gypsy garnered her a second Tony Award, securing her reputation as “the American musical theatre’s greatest living star,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

A graduate of the first class of the Drama Division of New York’s Juilliard School and a founding member of John Houseman's The Acting Company, in which she toured the country for four years, LuPone made her Broadway debut in Three Sisters in 1973. Her subsequent New York stage credits include Dario Fo's Accidental Death of An Anarchist, David Mamet's The Water Engine, Edmond, The Woods, The Old Neighborhood and The Anarchist, Israel Horovitz' Stage Directions, Terrence McNally’s Master Class, Michael Frayn’s Noises Off and performances in the musicals The Robber Bridegroom (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Working, Evita (Tony and Drama Desk Awards – Best Actress in a Musical), The Cradle Will Rock, Oliver!, Anything Goes (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk Award), Pal Joey and Can-Can for City Center Encores!, Sweeney Todd (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations; Drama League Award for Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre) and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations). Most recently, LuPone starred as cosmetics pioneer Helena Rubinstein in the Scott Frankel-Michael Korie-Douglas Wright-Michael Grief musical War Paint (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations).

In London, she won the Olivier Award for her performances as Fantine in the original production of Les Misérables and in the Acting Company production of The Cradle Will Rock. She also created the role of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, for which she received another Olivier nomination, and recreated her Broadway performance of Maria Callas in Terrence McNally’s Master Class. Earlier this month, she garnered her second Olivier Award for her portrayal of Joanne in Marianne Elliott’s acclaimed revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Company.

LuPone’s other stage credits include productions of John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles and Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (debut) for Los Angeles Opera; the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s opera To Hell and Back with San Francisco’s Baroque Philharmonia Orchestra; the title role in Marc Blitzstein’s Regina at the Kennedy Center; Fosca in a concert version of Passion, which was also broadcast on PBS’ Live From Lincoln Center; and the New York Philharmonic’s productions of Candide and Sweeney Todd (NY Phil debut).

In addition, LuPone boasts numerous film and television credits. On the big screen, she has appeared in Witness, Driving Miss Daisy, Summer of Sam, State and Main, Heist, City by the Sea, Parker, Union Square, The Comedian and Cliffs of Freedom. Her television credits include roles on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Penny Dreadful (Critics Choice nomination), Girls, American Horror Story: Coven, Law & Order: SVU, Glee, 30 Rock, Ugly Betty, Will & Grace, Frasier (Emmy nomination), Law & Order, The Song Spinner (Daytime Emmy nomination), The Water Engine, L.B.J. and Life Goes On.

In 2010, LuPone authored the New York Times bestseller Patti LuPone: A Memoir.

Tickets for Don’t Monkey with Broadway are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors and $25 for students and youth 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at miac.mercyhurst.edu or by calling the box office at 814-824-3000.

This performance is sponsored by Northwest Savings Bank, Laser Dentistry of Erie, Arthur J. Gallagher, Cohen & Grigsby, RSM US LLP, and HAPPI 92.7. The 2018-19 MIAC Live series is made possible through the generosity of Scott Enterprises, Cumulus Media and the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority.