Drama Desk-nominee Leslie Kritzer recently took on what was perhaps her most unusual role--that of Tony Award-winner Patti LuPone.
Directed and produced by Ben Rimalower (Joy), "Leslie Kritzer is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches" took place at Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette Street) on Wednesday, October 4th. Kritzer performed "the exact song set, arrangements and script of the legendary smash club act LuPone did at midnight on Saturdays during her run on Broadway in Evita at the no longer existent Chelsea club, Les Mouches," as press notes state. LuPone's original Les Mouches musical director/arranger David Lewis will be back to lead the band.
"Leslie Kritzer is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches" included Patti Smith's "Because The Night" Cole Porter's "Love For Sale," Petula Clark's "Downtown," Sondheim's "Not While I'm Around," Arlen's "Come Rain Or Come Shine," Stephen Schwartz's "Meadowlark," and Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" and "Rainbow High"--both from Evita. LuPone, who most recently portrayed Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, won a Tony Award for her performance in the title role of that show.
Kritzer was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her performance as "Pickles" in The Great American Trailer Park Musical. On Broadway, she has appeared in Hairspray, while Off-Broadway credits include Bat Boy and Godspell. She has also appeared at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Funny Girl and Grease.
The official "Leslie Kritzer is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches" website is at: www.myspace.com/heavenisadisco.
Photos by Mark Rupp
Leslie Kritzer and musical director David Lewis
Leslie Kritzer...as Patti LuPone!
Leslie Kritzer and band members
David Lewis and Leslie Kritzer receive a standing ovation
Leslie Kritzer and friend
Randy Jones, Leslie Kritzer and Michael Feinstein
Scott Nevins, Ben Rimalower, Randy Jones, Leslie Kritzer and Michael Feinstein
Michael Cassara, Leslie Kritzer, Aaron Mark and Natalie Joy Johnson