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PATTI LUPONE: A BROADWAY GALA With the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

March, 2011

Patti LuPone, a living legend of American musical theater, won fame for her Tony-winning tour de force performance as Broadway’s original Evita more than 30 years ago. She swept the major theater awards as recently as 2008, winning Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance as Mama Rose in the critically acclaimed Broadway revival of Gypsy. Now she joins the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for its annual Gala Concert and Dinner at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, at Bass Performance Hall. The gala is the FWSO’s most important annual fundraiser and one of Fort Worth’s premier social events, raising nearly $1 million each year to support the orchestra’s educational and artistic initiatives. After the concert, the Gala Dinner will be held at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel in downtown Fort Worth. Mercedes T. Bass is chairman of the event; Adele Hart, Priscilla Martin and Frasher Pergande are co-chairmen. Note: The Gala Dinner is not included with concert tickets. Individual tickets for the dinner are $250 and tables begin at $2,500; call (817) 665-6500, ext. 111, for reservations. At the Gala Concert, LuPone will sing hits that span decades of Broadway’s best, including Everything’s Coming Up Roses and Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina. Tickets to the concert are $30-$99; call 817-665-6000 or go to www.fwsymphony.org. The Gala Concert is made possible by Bank of Texas and season sponsors American Airlines, North Texas Audi Dealers, Renaissance Worthington Hotel and the Star-Telegram. Promotional support is provided by the Star-Telegram and WRR Classical 101.1 FM. In addition to Gypsy, Patti LuPone’s recent stage credits include her debut with the Los Angeles Opera in Weill-Brecht’s Mahagonny (the CD of that production won two Grammy Awards); the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s opera To Hell and Back with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; John Doyle’s Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd; the title role in Marc Blitzstein’s Regina, a musical version of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes, at the Kennedy Center; and a tour of her theatrical concert Matters of the Heart. After graduating from the Juilliard School’s drama division, LuPone began her career as a founding member of John Houseman’s The Acting Company, playing leading roles on and off-Broadway and on tour throughout the U.S. 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. Her memorable performances on New York’s musical stages include Pal Joey, Anything Goes, The Cradle Will Rock, Oliver!, Working and The Robber Bridegroom. LuPone’s film credits include State and Main, Just Looking, Summer of Sam, The 24 Hour Woman, Driving Miss Daisy and Witness. Television credits include 30 Rock, Will & Grace (as herself), Frasier, Law & Order, PBS Great Performances broadcasts of Candide and The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, and Evening at Pops with John Williams and Yo-Yo Ma. Visit http://www.fwsymphony.org/

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