After wowing audiences in Adelaide, Sydney and Canberra, renowned singer and actress Patti LuPone brings her critically acclaimed concert, Don’t Monkey with Broadway – her love letter to the Great White Way to Brisbane and Melbourne.
The multiple Tony and Grammy Award winner, 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 Manhattan’s Theatre District – the Great White Way – is becoming today.
Few performers show the kind of dedication and commitment to their material, and to connecting with their audience. It’s little exaggeration to state that LuPone has outdone herself with her new show, which debuted in New York to raucous cheers.
LuPone most recently starred on Broadway as cosmetics pioneer Helena Rubinstein in the musical War Paintand will be returning to London’s West End stage in Marianne Elliott’s new production of the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical Company later this year.
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 for local audiences during Evita‘s original Australian run in the early ’80’s.
Since then, 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.
“Patti LuPone imparts the aura of a New York class act. Her songs are propelled by emotional purpose, intensity… and enormous comic flair.” – The New York Times.
Patti Lupone: Don’t Monkey with Broadway
Conservatorium Theatre, 140 Grey Street, South Brisbane
Performance: Wednesday 27 June 2018 – 8.00pm
Information and Bookings: www.qpac.com.au
Hamer Hall – Arts Centre Melbourne, St. Kilda Road, Melbourne
Performance: Saturday 30 June 2018 – 8.00pm
Information and Bookings: www.artscentremelbourne.com.au
Image: Patti LuPone – photo by Rahav Iggy Segev