(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Tony Award-winning Broadway virtuosos and lifelong friends Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin reunite on stage for the first production together since Evita on Sunday, October 14, 2012, at 7pm, in a gala evening to benefit the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center and to honor founding board member John Hoyt Stookey. LuPone and Patinkin are two of Broadway’s most venerated performers, having both won Tony Awards for their performances in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s groundbreaking Evita in 1980. Since then they have both starred in film, television, the concert stage and Broadway.
The evening will inaugurate the John Hoyt Stookey Fund for Programmatic Excellence, to support the Mahaiwe’s efforts to bring incredible talents to the Berkshires on a year-round basis. Stookey was the first board member to join founder Lola Jaffe in 2002, when the nonprofit organization was formed, and has been an active participant in its exhilarating decade ever since.
Tickets are $75 (limited Upper Balcony seats) to $150 (for tickets and a tax deductible donation); plus there are additional opportunities for a post-show reception with the artists.
More than a cabaret act, “An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin” is a fully staged production — a unique musical love story told entirely through the greatest songs ever written for the stage. The show includes choreography by fellow Broadway veteran and friend Ann Reinking, who won a Best Choreography Tony Award for the revival of Chicago. LuPone and Patinkin will be accompanied on piano by music director Paul Ford.