An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin
Tue., Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m., Wed., Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Jan. 20, 8 p.m., Sat., Jan. 21, 2 & 8 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 22, 2 & 7:30 p.m. 2012
You'd be hard-pressed to find a pair of performers on a KC stage this week as legendary as the two appearing together in An Evening With Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin
, through Sunday at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (1601 Broadway, 816-994-7222). The talented theater and film veterans pair up for some singing and dancing and dishing about their careers. Expect to hear details of their first meeting as cast members of the original 1979 Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita
, in which LuPone portrayed the first lady of Argentina and Patinkin played Che, the voice of the working class. Though LuPone doesn't speak fondly of the experience (she told The New York Times
in 2007 that "it was like Beirut"), she found a lifelong friend in Patinkin. Those of us who aren't theater-savvy may recall Patinkin as our childhood hero in the 1987 film The Princess Bride
, in the role of Inigo Montoya, the Spanish swordsman dedicated to slaying the six-fingered man who killed his father. It isn't the most significant part of Patinkin's impressive résumé, but we hope he'll repeat his immortal lines: "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." Their show tonight is at 7:30. Call 816-994-7222 or see kauffmancenter.org
for tickets ($27–$67), schedule and more information.