On Monday, November 21, 2011, I witnessed theatre history when I attended (with my mom) the opening night of "An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin" at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in NYC! On a personal note, this evening was extra special because it was my mom's first Broadway opening and she loved every moment of it. I'm so glad I got to spend such a special night with her! Now onto the show...
"An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin" is quite enjoyable on many levels! First of all, it's an evening in musical theatre history performed by two Tony Award winners and lifelong friends. Second, it's a night of pure talent. Third, it's a lesson in what hard work, commitment, and education can do for a person.
Patti and Mandy sang a range of songs from Stephen Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein II, Kander and Ebb, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, et al. Some of them were sung as duets and others were solos, but all were performed top notch! A few of my favorite songs were "Another Hundred People," "Getting Married Today," "Baby It's Cold Outside," "Merrily We Roll Along," "You'll Never Walk Alone," and "Loving You."
My "the reason you need to see this show is" came when Patti performed "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" and Mandy Patinkin sang "Oh What A Circus." I saw Patti in "Gypsy," so to get to see her perform "Everything's Coming Up Roses" again was truly magical! I never had the chance to see "Evita," so it was a real thrill to get to see her sing "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" and Mandy sing "Oh What A Circus." Both Patti and Mandy, stopped the show equally with their "Evita" performances!
It's quite evident that Patti and Mandy have been lifelong friends and it's only gotten stronger over the years. It was great when Mandy told the story behind the start of their friendship. I wished there were more stories like this, but alas, this evening of song was still an event I would go see.