Broadway star Patti LuPone is bringing her concert Don’t Monkey with Broadway to Brisbane for one night only in June.
The multiple Tony and Grammy Award-winner will explore, through indelible interpretations of classic Broadway show tunes by the likes of Richard Rodgers, Stephen Schwartz, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, how her lifelong love affair with Broadway began and her concern for what Manhattan’s Theatre District is becoming today.
The multiple Tony and Grammy Award-winner will perform at the Conservatorium Theatre on Wednesday, June 27.
QPAC Chief Executive John Kotzas said a local chorus of third-year musical theatre students from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University would join LuPone on stage for her performance in Brisbane.
“Collaborating with our precinct partners Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University to provide our next generation of musical theatre stars with the opportunity to learn from and perform alongside Patti reflects QPAC’s commitment to facilitating meaningful creative exchanges and establishing enduring professional relationships for young artists,” he said.
Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University Director Scott Harrison said graduates went on to feature in performing arts productions on stages across Australia and overseas.
“Our Bachelor of Musical Theatre was the first of its kind in the country, and offers aspiring musical theatre stars the chance to prepare for a career in the industry under the direction of internationally renowned teachers and performers,” Professor Harrison said.
LuPone won two Tony Awards for her role as Madame Rose in the most recent Broadway revival of the musical Gypsy and for her performance in the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Evita.
She reprised her performance for local audiences during Evita‘s original Australian run in the early 1980s.
Most recently, LuPone starred on Broadway as cosmetics pioneer Helena Rubinstein in the musical War Paint and will be returning to London’s West End this year in Marianne Elliot’s new production of the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical Company.
Tickets for Patti LuPone’s Don’t Monkey with Broadway are on sale via the QPAC website.