TONY AWARD-WINNER PATTI LUPONE MAKES LONG-AWAITED APPEARANCE WITH PSO AT HEINZ HALL

PITTSBURGH – Legendary Tony Award-winning Broadway performer Patti LuPone makes her long-awaited appearance with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) for a celebration of Broadway and song at Heinz Hall next month.

The PNC Pops concerts will be at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, and Saturday, Nov. 12, and at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 13.

PSO Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh will lead the orchestra in the first half with music from West Side Story, Evita, Les Misérables and A Little Night Music. Rob Fisher will conduct the second half, when LuPone promises to captivate audiences with Broadway hits and other songs.

The PSO would like to recognize and thank PNC for their 2011-2012 title sponsorship of PNC Pops. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the Official Hotel of the PSO. Bobby Rahal Automotive Group is the official automotive group of the PSO.

Patti LuPone has won two Tony Awards for her leading roles in Evita and Gypsy, and created the characters of Norma Desmond in Sunset Blvd. and Fantine in Les Misérables on stage. The author of the NY Times best-selling autobiography, Patti LuPone: A Memoir, she returns to Broadway this fall opposite her former Evita co-star Mandy Patinkin in their critically acclaimed concert An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin. LuPone swept the 2008 theatre awards winning the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Actress in a Musical and the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance for her performance as Rose in the critically-acclaimed Broadway production of the classic Jule Styne-Stephen Sondheim-Arthur Laurents musical Gypsy.  Her screen credits include the movies Witness, Driving Miss Daisy, Summer of Sam, and David Mamet’s State and Main, and Heist. Recent stage credits include creating the role of Lucia in the new musical Women on the Verge of A Nervous Breakdown (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations), her debut with the Los Angeles Opera in Weill-Brecht’s Mahagonny (the CD recording of that production recently won two Grammy Awards for Best Classical Recording and Best Opera Recording), the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s new opera To Hell and Back with San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and Mrs. Lovett in John Doyle’s award winning Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award nominations – Best Actress in a Musical; Drama League Award for Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre).

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