Venue: 54 Below
Title: "Far Away Places"
Music Director: Joseph Thalken
Performance Dates: 5 June-23 June 2012 (extended)
The hottest ticket in town is Patti LuPone's extended run at 54 Below, an intimate, luxurious new club that features Broadway's finest performers in cabaret evenings. Her program features Kurt Weill, including "Bilbao Song," "Pirate Jenny," and "September Song." You want audience participation? Fans select each night's encore by e-mailing LuPone before the show. After an initial run from 5-16 June, 54 Below announced an extra week of LuPone, extended by popular demand!
AP story on 54 Below
"The show's dramatic high point was a feral, scary interpretation of 'Pirate Jenny,' the murderous revenge fantasy from The Threepenny Opera, delivered with a sneering glare that could turn you to stone. No one, save perhaps Maria Callas, has expressed more fury through a curled lip and an evil eye than Ms. LuPone . . ."
--Stephen Holden, New York Times
"The tailored evening, directed by Scott Wittman and written by Jeffrey Richman, is infused with the music of Kurt Weill, lending noirish grit to the glamorous evening. During the 8 PM performance on June 16, LuPone made reference to the legendary disco Studio 54 (one flight up) and the bygone days of a seedy Time Square as she led into a rousing rendition of Weill's 'Bilbao Song,' the rollicking beer hall number from Happy End. Weill's 'Pirate Jenny' and 'September Song' are also on the bill of the 16-song set."
--Adam Hetrick, playbill.com
Originally posted: 19 June 2012
Last updated: 20 June 2012