Did you feel the earth shaking in the theatre district last night? It was about 8:15 or so when Patti LuPone made her entrance with, "SING OUT, LOUISE!" She took the stage and assumed her position in front of Baby June. Baby June and Baby Louise were beaming and trying so hard not to break character. The standing ovation was so long and thunderous that she finally turned around and took a bow. The audience finally settled down and the show went on. When Boyd Gaines entered, there was another round of loud applause and Patti gave him a great smile. The real trouble began when Laura Benanti as Louise was attempting to wake up the boys with the alarm clock. No ovation, but the applause was overwhelming. She almost lost it - she put her hands to her eyes and was shaking with sobs. The announcer came on the P.A. and scolded, "LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!" Afraid of the consequences, we settled down once again. The audience didn't lose control again until after Rose's Turn, when once again we jumped to our feet for Patti. Her voice is unbelievably powerful - I am stunned everytime I hear her live - and she is indeed "giving a performance of [her] life!"
(photo by Aubrey Reuben for Playbill)