REVIEW: The awesomeness of Patti

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Broadway legend Patti LuPone performs Saturday evening with Sinfonia Gulf Coast.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, March 28, 2014 at 09:00 AM.

When reviewing a performance by a diva of Patti LuPone's stature, it's considered posh to snootily deride her delicious over-the-topness with snarky dismissal.

"Real" reviewers can't resist that.

To be absolutely gaga-eyed when a Broadway legend's notes are ringing off the rafters is just so common, so star-struck. I'm just grateful someone took the time to entertain me.

VIDEO: Watch an excerpt of Patti LuPone singing "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" from her March 29 concert>>

I was enthralled by her Saturday night performance at the Emerald Coast Convention Center, and sing the praises of organizations such as the Sinfonia Gulf Coast that bring such world-class talent to our neighborhood.

Of course she hits magnificently high, warbly notes and won't let them go. She's Patti LuPone, for heaven's sake! If she came out all breathy and sultry and Marlene Dietrich, I would've been severely disappointed.

I wanted those ear-tingling high notes. I wanted to see all those famous people she's played — Eva Perón, Mama Rose, Mrs. Lovett, Reno Sweeney, Nancy — up there on that stage.

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