Patti LuPone Live!

Patti LuPone Live!

by Patti LuPone


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Patti LuPone Live!

A full-fledged Broadway musical star in an age when that kind of stardom does not transfer automatically to any other area of entertainment, Patti LuPone, whose stage credits included Evita, Les Miserables, and Anything Goes, was coming out of four non-singing years on the TV drama Life Goes On when she performed the series of live performances excerpted here at the Westwood Playhouse in Los Angeles in January 1993. (At the top of the show, she announced that she was leaving for London to perform in Sunset Boulevard, an experience that would prove both a career debacle and a financial windfall when Andrew Lloyd Webber broke her contract to open the show on Broadway, opting for the bigger name Glenn Close.) Naturally, the anchors of the act were the songs with which she was associated through her stage triumphs: "I Get a Kick Out of You," "Anything Goes," "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," and "I Dreamed a Dream." But her dramatic skills and clarion voice proved well suited to a wide range of other theater material, especially songs written by Kurt Weill, such as a medley of "My Ship" from Lady in the Dark and "Surabaya Johnny" from Happy End, and the encore, "Lost in the Stars." She also handled well period pop, such as the Billy Strayhorn standard "Lush Life" and the Louis Jordan classic "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens," though the choices of contemporary pop, while well sung, were less impressive. This was as much an act as a concert, with written patter that made it suitable for nightclubs, even if it was unnecessary on disc. Nevertheless, the album made an excellent introduction to a major performer who remained a kind of an international secret.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/08/1993
Label: Rca
UPC: 0090266179725
catalogNumber: 61797

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Patti LuPone   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Joel DiBartolo   Bass
Joseph Powell   Vocals
Wally Snow   Percussion
Eugene VanBuren   Vocals
John West   Vocals
Peter Woodford   Guitar
John McDaniel   Piano,Conductor
Jackie O'Neill   Synthesizer
Brian Miller   Drums
Michael Vaccaro   Woodwind

Technical Credits

Matt Dennis   Composer
Jim McMahon   Engineer
Guy Charbonneau   Engineer
Jonathan Tunick   Orchestration
Steve Vining   Producer
Matt Hathaway   Engineer
Bill Rosenfield   Producer
J.J. Stelmach   Art Direction
John McDaniel   Arranger
Scott Wittman   Director,Concept
Jeffrey Richman   Liner Notes
Glen Roven   Arranger
Tom Adair   Composer
Michael Gibson   Orchestration

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