BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS COLLECTION
|Broadway Legends Ornament Collection|
Inimitable icon Patti LuPone has been a shining star on Broadway for more than four decades. Now, she can be the brilliant centerpiece of your holiday decor as the latest addition to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ Broadway Legends ornament collection.
LuPone is the ninth superstar to join the Broadway Legends series, alongside Julie Andrews, Carol Channing, Angela Lansbury, Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Barbra Streisand and GwenVerdon.
This year’s stunning ornament features LuPone in her legendary role of Eva Perón in Evita, for which she won a Tony Award in 1980 and solidified her status as a theatrical idol. She is dressed in a glamorous, shimmering gown, belting the seminal theatre classic “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” from the balcony of the Casa Rosada. This dazzling collectible is sure to take center stage in any festive home.
Known as one of the most dynamic divas to ever grace the stage, she is a two-time Tony Award and two-time Grammy Award winner. She was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2006.
LuPone burst onto the theatre scene in 1972 as an original member of The Acting Company, where she had a four-year stint. She earned her first Tony nomination in the company’s production of The Robber Bridegroom in 1975. Four years later, LuPone was cast as Perón, a role that would propel her into theatre superstardom. Since then, she has performed in more than 25 Broadway productions. Notable roles include Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd and Rose in Gypsy, for which she won her second Tony Award.
This spring, she will return to Broadway to perform in the acclaimed new musical War Paint, following a sold-out and buzzed about Chicago run this past summer.
The 8-inch-tall glass LuPone ornament was designed exclusively for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ Broadway Legends collection by artist Glen Hanson with the Christopher Radko Company. To purchase the limited edition ornament, visit broadwaycares.org.
Four fabulous fellow Legends are still available in limited quantities to add to your collection: Andrews in My Fair Lady, Minnelli in The Act, Streisand in Funny Girl and Verdon in Sweet Charity.
LuPone’s ornament is just one of the must-have Broadway Cares gifts available this holiday season. The Broadway Cares Collection’s 2016 snow globe was designed by Hamilton set designer David Korins. It features a plane circling a bedazzled golden star to the tune of “Give My Regards to Broadway,” with logos from more than 20 Broadway musicals set on snow-capped Times Square skyscrapers. This year’s Carols for a Curetwo-CD set features festive favorites from 22 of the season’s hottest musicals. Also available is Broadway Cares and Playbill’s fifth set of collectable ornaments, this year featuring Playbill covers from long-running musicals The Magic Show, Oklahoma!, Pippin, Rock of Ages, Smokey Joe’s Café and South Pacific.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $285 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic. Broadway Cares also awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states.
For more information, please visit Broadway Cares online at broadwaycares.org, at facebook.com/BCEFA, at instagram.com/BCEFA, at twitter.com/BCEFA and at youtube.com/BCEFA.