Patti Lupone – Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin’s concert show is now on Broadway. The two veteran performers can keep you spellbound with no props except a pair of rolling chairs and some floor lamps. This is how a concert can be both intimate and goofy, touching and confident.
To watch “An Evening With Patti Lupone and Mandy Patinkin,” which opened Monday at the Barrymore Theatre, is to witness two people so comfortable on stage and so at ease with each other and the material that it doesn’t look like they’re working. (They are, though, just watch Patinkin mop his brow at several points). They’re like a glamorous couple taking the curves on the Corniche in a purring Italian sports car.
The show is basically a series of songs connected by theme that celebrate the careers and friendship of LuPone and Patinkin, who have remained close since they were cast in the original “Evita” in the late 1970s, he as Che and she as Eva Peron.
Their voices are still strong and their chemistry evident — Patinkin’s deep, passionate tones match his partner’s playful skill. Even standing still and staring at her, he radiates a power and a partnership. LuPone, meanwhile, often approaches her songs sideways, giving them new, spicy texture.
LuPone and Patinkin are joined on stage by Paul Ford, who helped conceive the show with Patinkin and plays piano, and John Beal on bass. The set itself is just a projection screen that glows rich colors in synch with the moods of the songs, and a couple dozen randomly placed floor lamps with exposed bulbs.