Showtune Sunday: All about the show-stopping “The Ladies Who Lunch” from “Company”
Patti LuPone returns to Broadway soon 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 had also played the role in 2011 in a New York Philharmonic Concert version that was filmed and released in theaters and later on DVD and more recently, on London’s West End in a performance that resulted in her winning the Olivier Award..
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!