An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin

LuPoneMarch 29, 2012 - 7:30 p.m. - Sentry Theatre @1800

Two well-known Tony Award-winning performers will bring their Broadway show to Stevens Point in March.

Tickets are sold out for “An Evening With Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin” at Sentry’s Theater @1800 at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, 2012. As part of the Sentry Insurance Invitation to the Arts Series, the show is sponsored by the Sentry Insurance Foundation in conjunction with the College of Fine Arts & Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Appearing together again after both won Tony Awards for their performances in “Evita” in 1980, LuPone and Patinkin are touring “An Evening With…” after a highly praised November 2011 through January,2012 Broadway run together at the Barrymore Theatre. As two of Broadway’s most venerated performers, they have won and been nominated for numerous awards and have starred in film, television and on the concert stage.

The performance will include songs from Sondheim, Kern, and Rodgers and Hammerstein, along with choreography by fellow Broadway veteran Ann Reinking, a Tony Award-winner for her choreography in the revival of “Chicago.” Music director Paul Ford will accompany them on piano.

Charles Isherwood of the New York Times said of the show, “Nothing short of fearless! An emotional intensity that can scorch. One minute you’re levitating with exhilaration, the next you’re clinging to your seat for dear life. LuPone is vivid, vocally assured and affecting. Patinkin is ferocious and hilarious. I remained transfixed.”

In addition to the show, LuPone and Patinkin will perform a choreographed concert for local sixth- grade students on the afternoon of March 29, and will hold a master class at the UW-Stevens Point campus on Wednesday, March 28, working with students in the Department of Theatre and Dance.

“The Sentry Insurance Invitation to the Arts is recreating a true Broadway experience in Stevens Point,” said Jeff Morin, dean of the College of Fine Arts & Communication. “Through performances and master classes students will realize unprecedented opportunities to learn from true masters.”

The Sentry Insurance Invitation to the Arts was established in 2004 to provide local students, from grade school through college, opportunities to interact with outstanding professionals in the fine arts. All proceeds from ticket sales are donated to support local school arts programs coordinated in conjunction with UW-Stevens Point student artists.

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