Monday, July 09, 2007

Everything's Coming Up Patti!

Everything's Coming Up Patti!

Tonight, the biggest event of year in New York theatre begins. If you guessed it was on Broadway, you'd be close, but you'd be wrong.

It's on West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues, where New York City Center's Encores! Summer Stars series is inaugurated this evening with Arthur Laurents at the helm of Gypsy. Nearly one year after its star Patti LuPone took Ravinia, Manhattan will likely be firmly in her commanding grasp later this evening.

Yesterday's edition of The New York Times celebrated LuPone's impending hold over the city with an illuminating story by Jesse Green, which provides an inside look at the much talked about "ban" imposed by Laurents on LuPone and their meeting of the minds. Thank goodness for the swallowing of pride and a certain three hour conversation!

Joining LuPone will be Boyd Gaines as Herbie and Laura Benanti as Louise.

Performances run through July 29. Don't miss it! Because as much as LuPone would love 220 more chances on Broadway to portray Mama Rose, it's down to the 22 performances at New York City Center.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Click here for tickets.
Related Stories:
SOB's Best Of 2006-07: Top Ten Of The Year (June 4, 2007)
SOB's Best Of 2006-07: Best Revivals Of Musicals (May 18, 2007)
It's Official: LuPone's Triumph Earns Encores! (March 19, 2007)
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)

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At 09 July, 2007, Anonymous Esther said...

I can't believe it, I'm going to see Patti LuPone in Gypsy two weeks from today! I'm so excited about seeing Patti and this classic show!

At 09 July, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...


At 09 July, 2007, Blogger Mondschein said...

I've got my tickets and can't wait to see it - but I still don't think this is the direction in which Encores! should be heading.

Just MHO.

At 09 July, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Always great to hear from you, and your opinion certainly counts! I recall you previously stating that you wish Encores! had held to its original vision of reviving little known musicals.

While Gypsy certainly isn't Knickerbocker Holiday or Roberta, it certainly is a performance that I hope you won't soon forget.

Personally, I can't fault City Center for expanding its reach even further via Encores! Summer Stars, which promises to "light up the summer night with classic works of the American musical theater, expanding City Center’s acclaimed Encores! series with innovative productions of unforgettable Broadway shows. Summer Stars will shine bright, as leading actors get the chance to play roles they were born to play!"

If Broadway can't or won't, why shouldn't Encores!


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