This is actually a concert that the two of them have been performing for the past several years. We saw the show about two years ago when it played NJPAC in Newark and I have to say that I enjoyed seeing the show a second time much more than I did the first time. And the reason I did is because I knew what I would be seeing, or should I say what I wouldn't be seeing. You see, Patti and Mandy have both done many concert tours over the past 15 or so years and the two of them are huge proponents of talking to the audience during their shows, offering comments about their lives as well as personal stories about their careers. They are both very funny too which adds to the enjoyment. Their concerts have always been the perfect balance of their hits songs, new material plus personal stories. So, considering that this show is called "An Evening With Patti and Mandy," for anyone who has ever seen them in concert before you would think that you're in for a double header of what the two of them have usually done in the past. Well, if you thought that, you'd be very wrong.
|Mandy Patinkin and Patti LuPone|
Covering over thirty songs in the two hour evening, the show was conceived by Patinkin and pianist Paul Ford as a theatrical event, not a concert. Representing various stages in a relationship between two people, the choice of music covers some of the best theatre songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Sondheim and a few others as well.
The evening has some very funny moments as well including LuPone doing a very good version of "Getting Married Today" from Sondheim's Company and Patinkin playing all three parts in "Buddy's Blues" from Follies. That Sondheim show also provides LuPone with a chance to show what she could have done as "Sally" in that show as her "In Buddy's Eyes" is a simply touching and beautiful moment. There is also a nice group of songs from Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along in the second act.
LuPone also gets to reprise her Tony winning role as "Rose" in Gypsy with "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and the second act does give both Mandy and Patti a chance to sing their main solo songs from Evita. I have to say that both of them sound almost exactly the same today as they do on the cast recording that was made over 30 years ago.
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