She may have immortalized “Don't Cry For Me Argentina,” the show-stopping signature tune from the now-classic musical Evita, but don't cry for Patti LuPone. The two-time Tony Award-winning diva has become one of the most legendary names in Broadway history.
On February 23, LuPone brings her incomparably powerful pipes to Davies Symphony Hall for a concert tour around the world. Faraway Places, LuPone's current one-woman show, is an evening of songs composed by a diverse and eclectic group of songwriters from different eras, different genres and different cultures.
LuPone has performed Faraway Places in San Francisco before, at the much missed Rrazz Room, which was once one of the City's premiere cabaret venues.
“That was only the first act,” LuPone explained to SF Weekly via telephone. “This is the complete show. The Rrazz performance featured a piano accompaniment, now it's a full band. You'll see how different it is.”
Many of the songs will address LuPone's wanderlust — these songs originate from around the world. “I've been to some of the places,” she said. “But I haven't been to a lot of them.”
Faraway Places has its genesis in the music of the German composer Kurt Weill, a favorite of LuPone's. “I wanted to do a full evening of Weill's music,” she explained. “So I started singing his songs, and now I'm doing songs from around the globe.”
She explained her love for Weill, who's best known for composing The Threepenny Opera in 1928. “I always thought I was a perfect fit for Weill,” she said. “:There's an edge, a passion, a politics to his music. It's music we all love but don't hear all that much.”
The great French chanteuse Edith Piaf will also be included in Faraway Places. LuPone described French cabaret music as “really beautiful.”
Other composers expected to be heard include Stephen Sondheim and Cole Porter.
“All the songs mean something to me,” LuPone said happily. “I love this show and I love this band. Her back-up band, she says, includes a banjo, an accordion and a violin. “I always enjoy an unusual combination of instruments and and beautiful arrangements!” she exclaimed.
LuPone said she's excited to be back in San Francisco. No doubt her many Bay Area fans are excited to have her back as well.