Monday, March 19, 2007
It's Official: LuPone's Triumph Earns Encores!
According to Lawrence Van Gelder of The New York Times, Patti LuPone will reprise her celebrated Ravinia turn as Mama Rose in Gypsy this summer at City Center Encores! from July 9-29. Readers will recall that I reported on the rumor earlier this month.
Apparently, City Center is "spinning off" a new summertime series called "Encores! Summer Stars." Gypsy will be showcased as the first concert performances of that series. Opening night is scheduled for July 12.
Gypsy features music by Jule Styne, a book by Arthur Laurents and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. In an interesting twist, Laurents is set to direct this special presentation.
Now New Yorkers will finally experience the thrill...no, make that the chills that Chicago audiences had up and down their spines last summer from LuPone's bravura performance. It's one that they won't soon forget!
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).
Will Encores Mount All-Star Gypsy? (March 2, 2007)
SOB's 6 Singular Sensations Of '06 - #1: Patti LuPone (December 30, 2006)
Gypsy (The SOB Review) – Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, IL (August 14, 2006)