Who needs Les Mouches when you've got 54 Below? Tony winner and Broadway legend Patti LuPone has signed a multi-year deal with 54 Below. LuPone will play two two-week engagements at the swanky venue each year through 2016. The agreement launches with The Lady with the Torch, which begins tonight.
In The Lady with the Torch, the two-time Tony winner entertains with an eclectic collection of torch numbers. She sings the songs of Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz, Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn, Billy Barnes, the Gershwins, Cole Porter and more. LuPone brings the act to 54 Below after a sold out engagement at Carnegie Hall.
LuPone was the inaugural performer at 54 Below back in 2012 with her solo show, Far Away Places, which was recorded for a live album. She returned to the Times Square hotspot later that year for another engagement and a special New Year’s Eve show, and in 2013, brought her critically acclaimed Could, Woulda, Shoulda… (Played That Part) to the nightclub. The Lady with the Torch will run through August 2.
LuPone took home Tony Awards for her performances in Gypsy and Evita. Her additional stage credits include Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Sweeney Todd, Anything Goes, An Evening With Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, Noises Off, Matters of the Heart, The Anarchist, Master Class and the New York Philharmonic’s Company. LuPone’s film and TV appearances include American Horror Story: Coven, Girls, Driving Miss Daisy, Witness, Parker, City by the Sea, Life Goes On, 30 Rock and Ugly Betty.
Check out this blast from the past below, when Broadway.com caught a behind-the-scenes look at LuPone's inaugural 54 Below concert.