Performer Bios


Conceived and directed by Scott Wittman
Musical Direction and Arrangements by Joseph Thalken

Joseph Thalken - Piano
Paul Pizzuti - Drums and Percussion
Larry Saltzman - Guitars and Banjo
Andy Stein - Violin
Tony Geralis - Accordion and Synthesizer

PATTI LuPONE  Author of the NY Times best-selling autobiography, Patti LuPone: A Memoir, Miss LuPone most recently starred on Broadway in David Mamet's new play The Anarchist and the musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown  (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award nominations.   In addition to tonight's concert she also tours in three other her one-woman concerts The Gypsy in My Soul, Matters of the Heart, and Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda  as well as with her Evita co-star Mandy Patinkin in a concert titled An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin.  STAGE:  New York - soloist with the New York City Ballet in their new production of Brecht-Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins, Joanne in Company (NY Philharmonic), Gypsy (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards), John Doyle's production of Sweeney Todd, Passion, Candide, Can Can, Noises Off, Sweeney Todd (NY Philharmonic) , The Old Neighborhood, Master Class, Patti LuPone on Broadway (Outer Critics Circle Award), Pal Joey, Anything Goes,  Oliver!, Accidental Death of An Anarchist, The Woods,  Edmond, The Cradle Will Rock, Evita (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), Working, The Water Engine, The Robber Bridegroom (Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations).   London - Matters of the Heart, Master Class, Sunset Boulevard (Olivier Award nomination) and  Les Miserables (RSC world premiere production) & The Cradle Will Rock  (Olivier Award for her performances in both productions).  OPERA: Jake Heggie's To Hell and Back for San Francisco's Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Weill-Brecht's The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny for the Los Angeles Opera (debut) and Marc Blitzstein's Regina (The Kennedy Center).  FILM: Parker, Union Square, City By The Sea, David Mamet's Heist and State and Main, Just Looking, Summer of Sam, Driving Miss Daisy, Witness.  TV: "Girls," "American Horror Story: Coven," "30 Rock," "Glee," "Ugly Betty," "Will & Grace," the Emmy winning telecasts of "Passion" & "Sweeney Todd, " "Oz," "Monday Night Mayhem," "Evening At the Pops" with John Williams and Yo Yo Ma,  "Frasier" (Emmy nomination), "Law & Order," "The Water Engine," "L.B. J" and "Life Goes On."  Recordings include: Patti LuPone Live, Heatwave  with John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Pal Joey, Matters of the Heart, Sweeney Todd (NY Philharmonic's Special Editions label),  the 2006 and 2008  recordings of Sweeney Todd and Gypsy  and the Ghostlight Records release of The Lady With The Torch,  Patti LuPone at Les Mouches, a digitally remastered live performance cd of her now-legendary 1980 nightclub act and Far Away Places.  She is a founding member of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School and a founding member of John Houseman's The Acting Company.  

Joseph Thalken is an award-winning composer whose work includes the musicals HAROLD AND MAUDE (book and lyrics by Tom Jones), WAS (book and lyrics by Barry Kleinbort), AND THE CURTAIN RISES (book by Michael Slade, lyrics by Mark Campbell), and BORROWED DUST (book and lyrics by Martin Moran). The Shen Family Foundation included Mr. Thalken in their Musical Theater Composers Initiative, a select group, including the legendary Stephen Sondheim, that has received grants and commissions to create new works and expand the musical theater art form. On Broadway, Mr. Thalken served as conductor for VICTOR/VICTORIA with Julie Andrews and Liza Minnelli, and for GYPSY with Patti LuPone.  As a pianist or conductor, he has worked with Bernadette Peters, Barry Manilow, Polly Bergen, Kristin Chenoweth, Brian Stokes Mitchell, opera stars Denyce Graves, Catherine Malfitano and Elizabeth Futral, and acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell, among others.  He has provided orchestrations for albums of Patti LuPone, Marin Mazzie & Jason Danieley, Rebecca Luker, Howard McGillin, Kathy Lee Gifford, Nathan Gunn and Judy Collins and he can be heard as a pianist on a number of Broadway cast albums.