Rufus Wainwright to Perform 'Songs for Lulu,' Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall
Rufus Wainwright to Perform 'Songs for Lulu,' Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall

Rufus Wainwright has a penchant for on-stage theatrics, ranging from operatic productions to Judy Garland tributes and everything in between. It was announced today (Sept. 14) that the singer-songwriter will combine two of his most distinct performances in one Carnegie Hall concert on December 6, 2010.

As Wainwright continues to tour behind his latest album, "All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu," he will use the first half of the Carnegie Hall performance to play the album from start to finish without interruption.

Then, Wainwright will revisit his famed rendition of Judy Garland's 1961 live Carnegie concert, which he first debuted at a series of Carnegie Hall shows in June 2006. This will be the first time since Wainwright released the Grammy-nominated recordings of the famed Garland performances, titled "Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall," that the singer will revisit the material at Carnegie Hall.

Unlike previous tours, Wainwright will not be accompanied by an orchestra at his Carnegie concert. "It's an opportunity to have this slight moment of intimacy with me, which I know everybody wants," said Wainwright in a release. Stephen Oremus, who conducted Wainwright's Garland shows, will accompany the singer on the piano.

Premieres for Wainwright's original opera, titled "Prima Donna," are continuing to spread worldwide, and the singer is also staging his Shakespearean sonnets with the San Francisco Symphony in November. Wainwright will begin work in the coming year on what he's deemed a "big pop record."

Tickets for Wainwright's December 6 performance at Carnegie Hall go on sale Friday, September 17.

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