Sinfonia’s eighth season of innovative musical programming as the region’s only fully-professional symphony orchestra continues at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Saturday, March 29 at 7:30 pm with Sinfonia’s Gala Event: “An Evening with Patti LuPone.”



The performance features Sinfonia Gulf Coast with Music Director Demetrius Fuller on the first half with Patti LuPone showcased the entire second half during a 60-minute tour de force in “Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda… played that role.”



Ms. LuPone performs songs from musicals, which she could have played, should have played, did play and will play. The list of shows includes “Hair,” “Bye, Bye Birdie,” “Funny Girl,” “West Side Story” and “Peter Pan” and, of course, from her Tony Award-winning performances in “Evita” and “Gypsy.”



Author of the New York Times best-selling autobiography, “Patti LuPone: A Memoir,” most recently starred on Broadway in the musical “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.” Miss 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,” directed by the show’s author, Mr. Laurents.



In addition to her theater credits, Ms. LuPone has been featured this season in her fourth solo concert at Carnegie Hall, the TV series “American Horror Story: Coven,” and currently in the new season of the HBO series “Girls.”



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WHAT CRITICS ARE SAYING



 



“An amusing, honest, passionate autobiography.”



– Stephen Holden, The New York Times



 



“Singing one Broadway showstopper after another the Broadway icon finds new ways to be explicit and subtle at the same time.  Her climactic Sondheim quartet is a marvel unto itself.”



— Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal



 



“A relaxed, funny performance, filled with running gags that were delivered with the crack timing of a stand-up comedian.”



— Frank Scheck, The New York Post



 



“You don’t want to miss it when Patti LuPone throws a party, which is essentially what she did with her concert Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda, less a consideration of what LuPone coulda been than a celebration of the singular stage force she is.  Behold as she cocks her hop, extends a hand yearningly toward the audience and sings from her heels.  Many try, but few have the knockout punch of LuPone.  A Sondheim sequence found LuPone in supple, sublime form.  She illuminated the witty lyrics of I Never Do Anything Twice, with clever gestures and intelligent phrasing. , delivered a poignant Anyone Can Whistle and added a brisk, ferocious and memorable Ladies Who Lunch.”



— Nelson Pressley, The Washington Post



 



 



“She came on like a burst of sunshine, looking impossibly young and sexy, her nimbus smile glowing and her voice at its glorious best.  Patti LuPone, the American musical theater’s greatest living star was the San Francisco Symphony’s guest Saturday night for a terrific show called Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda and what she gave was the season’s hottest concert.    Her voice has grown, if anything, more supple, vulnerable when the moment needs that, with reserves of power never far.    There in no one like Patti LuPone.”



— Octavio Roca, San Francisco Chronicle



 



“Patti LuPone can belt ‘em out like nobody since Ethel Merman.  And, when she sets her mind to it, she also can (and does) do a great deal more.”



— Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times