Performance Thursday, November 7, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Patti LuPone

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Patti LuPone “generates more raw excitement than any other performer on the Broadway and cabaret axis” (The New York Times). The two-time Tony Award winner has portrayed some of Broadway’s most memorable leading ladies, including Mama Rose in Gypsy, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, and Eva Perón in Evita. She returns to Carnegie Hall for a special one-night-only performance of Far Away Places, a travelogue of styles and stories that traces the actress’s wanderlust with songs from the likes of Kurt Weill, Cole Porter, and Edith Piaf.


  • Patti LuPone

  • Joseph Thalken, Musical Director and Piano
  • Andy Stein, Violin
  • Larry Saltzman, Guitar
  • Antony Geralis, Accordion
  • John Beal, Bass
  • Paul Pizzuti, Percussion

  • Special Appearance by Bridget Everett


    Conceived and Directed by Scott Wittman
    Musical Arrangements by Joseph Thalken
    Dialogue by Jeffrey Richman, Scott Wittman, and Patti LuPone


  • Patti LuPone

    Patti LuPone returns to Carnegie Hall tonight for her fourth solo concert. Author of The New York Times bestseller Patti LuPone: A Memoir, she can currently be seen as Joan Ramsey in this season's installment of the FX series American Horror Story: Coven. She also appears next year in the new season of the HBO series Girls.

    Miss LuPone's most recent Broadway performances include David Mamet's The Anarchist and the new musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, for which she was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards. Other recent appearances include her debut with the New York City Ballet as guest soloist in the company's new production of The Seven Deadly Sins and her performance as Joanne in the New York Philharmonic's production of Company.

    For her turn as Madame Rose in the most recent Broadway production of Gypsy, Miss LuPone won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Actress in a Musical and the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance. Her other stage credits include her debut with the Los Angeles Opera in Weill/Brecht's Mahagonny, the world premiere of Jake Heggie's opera To Hell and Back with San Francisco's Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Mrs. Lovett in John Doyle's production of Sweeney Todd (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations; Drama League Award for Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre), the title role in Marc Blitzstein's Regina, a musical version of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes at the Kennedy Center, Fosca in a concert version of Passion (which was also broadcast on PBS' Live From Lincoln Center), a multi-city tour of her theatrical concert Matters of the Heart, City Center's Encores! production of Can-Can , and the New York Philharmonic's productions of Candide and Sweeney Todd. Additional Broadway performances include Michael Frayn's Noises Off, David Mamet's The Old Neighborhood, Terrence McNally's Master Class, and Patti LuPone on Broadway.

    Since 2000, Miss LuPone has made regular appearances at Chicago's Ravinia Festival, including the celebrated Sondheim series in which she starred as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Desiree in A Little Night Music, Fosca in Passion, Cora Hooper in Anyone Can Whistle, Madame Rose in Gypsy, and two different roles in Sunday in the Park with George. Her subsequent appearances have included a reprise of her performance in Heggie's To Hell and Back, a concert performance of Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins, and the title role in a concert production of Annie Get Your Gun.

    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), Miss LuPone's subsequent New York credits include Dario Fo's Accidental Death of An Anarchist; David Mamet's The Water Engine, Edmond, and The Woods; Israel Horovitz's Stage Directions; and musical performances in Pal Joey for City Center's Encores!, Anything Goes (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk Award), The Cradle Will Rock, Oliver!, Evita (Tony and Drama Desk awards for Best Actress in a Musical), Working, and The Robber Bridegroom.

    In London, Miss LuPone won the Olivier Award for her performances as Fantine in the original production of Les Misérables and in The Acting Company's production of The Cradle Will Rock. She also created the role of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard and recreated her Broadway performance of Maria Callas in Master Class. Her film appearances include Union Square, Parker, City by the Sea, Heist and State and Main (both written and directed by David Mamet), Summer of Sam, Driving Miss Daisy, and Witness. Her television credits include Glee, 30 Rock,Ugly Betty,Will & Grace, the Emmy Award-winning PBS broadcasts of Passion and Sweeney Todd, Candide (PBS' Great Performances), Oz, Monday Night Mayhem, Frasier (1998 Emmy nomination), Law & Order, An Evening with Patti LuPone (PBS), and Life Goes On.

    Among Miss LuPone's recordings are Far Away Places, Patti LuPone at Les Mouches, the 2008 Broadway cast recording of Gypsy, The Lady with the Torch, Sweeney Todd (both the 2005 Broadway revival cast recording and 2000 live performance recording on the New York Philharmonic's Special Editions label), Matters of the Heart, Pal Joey, Heatwave with John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Sunset Boulevard, and Patti LuPone Live.

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    Scott Wittman

    Scott Wittman partnered with Marc Shaiman to pen the lyrics for the Olivier Award-winning musical Hairspray, for which the pair received Tony and Grammy awards. He also served as an executive producer on the hit film starring John Travolta. They teamed up again on Broadway for Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, which he also directed, and Catch Me If You Can, which received a Tony nomination for Best Musical. For their original songs on NBC's musical drama Smash, Mr. Wittman and Mr. Shaiman were nominated for two Emmy Awards, a Grammy, and a Golden Globe. On Smash, they composed songs for Jennifer Hudson, Uma Thurman, Bernadette Peters, and Liza Minnelli. Their original score for the Marilyn Monroe musical Bombshell in the series was released on Sony Records. Mr. Wittman co-wrote the lyrics to Charlie and Chocolate Factory, directed by Sam Mendes and currently playing to sold-out houses at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in London's West End. At La Mama, he conceived and directed Jukebox Jackie, starring Justin Vivian Bond, Cole Escola, Steel Burkhardt, and Bridget Everett. For Patti LuPone, Mr. Wittman has created and directed two Broadway shows and three studio recordings; tonight marks their fourth Carnegie Hall concert together.

    Joseph Thalken

    Joseph Thalken is an award-winning composer whose work includes the musicals Harold and Maude (book and lyrics by Tom Jones), WAS (book and lyrics by Barry Kleinbort), And the Curtain Rises (book by Michael Slade, lyrics by Mark Campbell), and Borrowed Dust (book and lyrics by Martin Moran). Along with Stephen Sondheim, The Shen Family Foundation included Mr. Thalken in its Musical Theatre Composers Initiative, a select group of composers that receives grants and commissions to create new works and expand the musical theater art form. On Broadway, Mr. Thalken served as conductor for Victor/Victoria with Julie Andrews and Liza Minnelli, and for Gypsy with Patti LuPone. As a pianist or conductor, he has worked with Bernadette Peters, Barry Manilow, Polly Bergen, Kristin Chenoweth, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Denyce Graves, Catherine Malfitano, Elizabeth Futral, and Joshua Bell, among others. Mr. Thalken has provided orchestrations for albums by Patti LuPone, Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley, Rebecca Luker, Howard McGillin, Kathie Lee Gifford, Nathan Gunn, and Judy Collins. He can also be heard as a pianist on a number of Broadway cast albums.

    Jeffrey Richman

    Jeffrey Richman is currently executive producer of Modern Family, earning four Emmy Awards, three Writers Guild Awards, three Producers Guild Awards, and a Golden Globe for Best Comedy in his four seasons with the show. He has served as executive or co-executive producer on Wings, Frasier (Emmy Award for Best Comedy), Stark Raving Mad, Charlie Lawrence (creator), Jake in Progress, Stacked, Rules of Engagement, Desperate Housewives, and Back to You. He also received an Emmy nomination for writing the 82nd Annual Academy Awards with hosts Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. Other credits include writing all of Barbra Streisand's US and European concert tours since 2006, as well as the subsequent CBS television special; Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special for Fox; and the one-woman show Patti LuPone on Broadway.

    Bridget Everett

    Bridget Everett has been called one of the funniest people in New York by Time Out New York. Her film, theater, and television credits include Inside Amy Schumer, At Least It's Pink, Bridget and Neal are F*cking and Adam Is Watching, 2 Broke Girls, Jeffrey & Cole Casserole, Jukebox Jackie, Sex and the City, Our Hit Parade, and most recently Rock Bottom (directed by Scott Wittman, and written with Mr. Wittman, Marc Shaiman, and Ad-Rock) at Joe's Pub. Ms. Everett has appeared at Montreal's Just for Laughs festival, HBO's US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, SF Sketchfest, and New York Comedy Festival. She has also toured nationally with Amy Schumer. Ms. Everett and her band, the Tender Moments, just released their debut album titled Pound It and perform for sold-out crowds across the country.

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This performance is part of The Originals.