"" Writer's Wanderings: In My Backyard--Lupone and Patinkin

Friday, May 15, 2009

In My Backyard--Lupone and Patinkin

Cleveland has an exciting revitalized area for the arts called Playhouse Square. Several restored theaters offer a mixed venue of entertainment including a Broadway Series each year. Last night rather than an actual Broadway musical, two performers, Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, (accompanied by Paul Ford and John Beal) presented a montage of musical selections from several shows in a wonderful production that was at times powerful, nostalgic, sensitive, romantic and comedic.

These two performers were magical to watch and a delight for the ears. The chemistry they created on stage spilled over to the audience who responded with enthusiasm. Songs from South Pacific, Carousel, Merrily We Roll Along, as well as Evita, Showboat, and Gypsy were, as Joe Garry put it in our pre-show Broadway Buzz, "seamlessly woven together."

The show is on the road. If it comes to your backyard, don't miss it. It's an evening of pure enjoyment.

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