“Far Away Places”
About Patti LuPone
Patti LuPone is one of the biggest names in international theater. A regular on Broadway and other New York stages, LuPone has not only performed on the biggest stages in theater, her creations of roles have set the template for every other production of the shows she is in. Winner of two Tony awards and a number of other honors, she is best known for her performance as Eva Peron in Evita, Fantine in the original London cast of Les Miserables, and Mama Rose in Gypsy.
Always keen to expand on her already amazing versatility, Ms. LuPone returns to the stage with a new show, titled Far Away Places. The show is a set of songs loosely linked by the idea of travel (both geographical and chronological), and of the wanderlust that exists within all of us. The recording, taken from a set of performances at New York’s 54 Below in summer 2012, has its roots in the classics: LuPone features three Brecht/Weill compositions and touches on Johnny Mercer and Cole Porter, and also includes an Edith Piaf tune and a selection by the Bee Gees.
After completing her training with the first class of the Drama Division of New York’s Juilliard School, she began her career as a founding member of John Houseman’s The Acting Company playing a variety of leading roles, both on and off-Broadway and on tour throughout the United States. Her subsequent New York dramatic credits include Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of An Anarchist; David Mamet’s The Water Engine, Edmond, and The Woods and Israel Horovitz’ Stage Directions. Miss LuPone’s memorable performances on the New York musical stage include Vera Simpson in the Encores! production of Pal Joey, Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes, (1988 Drama Desk Award, Tony nomination, Best Actress in a Musical), The Cradle Will Rock, Nancy in Oliver!, Evita (1980 Tony and Drama Desk Awards- Best Actress in a Musical), Working and Rosamund in The Robber Bridegroom (1976 Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations, Best Featured Actress in a Musical).
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“generates more raw excitement than any other performer on the Broadway and cabaret axis” -New York Times
“Ms. LuPone is a part of that great pantheon of leading ladies… that is, musical theatre royalty.” -Broadway World
“Roof-raising!” “…Exuberant.” “…Revelatory.” -New York Post