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Showtune Sunday: All about the show-stopping “The Ladies Who Lunch” from “Company”

Patti LuPone won the Olivier Award this year after returning to the London stage in a new production of Company in the character of Joanne who gets to belt out the show-stopping number The Ladies Who Lunch.

She will perform the role on Broadway beginning early next year and could win her third Tony. Here’s hoping! Patti had first played the role in 2011 in a New York Philharmonic Concert version that was filmed and released in theaters and later on DVD.

But LuPone first performed the song, oh-so memorably, at the 80th birthday celebration of Stephen Sondheim in the presence of the original Joanne — the late, great Elaine Stritch.

Below are Stritch’s version, LuPone’s version and some other interesting takes on the song by Alan Cumming, Anna Kendrick and Carol Burnett.

Enjoy – and please share your thoughts!

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3 Remarks

  1. Thanks for that! Love the song. Great variety here!

  2. Camp is such an amazing film. Made on a budget of $5 or so, pretty cheesy and formulaic, and yet filled with the most amazing musical performances. “How Shall I See You Through My Tears”, “Here’s Where I Stand”, “Century Plant”, and yes, Anna Kendrick singing “Ladies Who Lunch”. Damn, I love that movie.

  3. Thank you. More Sondheim please.

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