NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone is back on a Midtown stage, but not in the bright lights of Broadway.

She has made a sentimental return to a supper club in an era she’s hoping to help revive.

LuPone is starring in a two-week run of “The Lady with the Torch” at the cabaret 54 Below.

She told CBS 2’s Dana Tyler that she first realized she needed to perform in a small venue back in 1980 when she was co-starring with Mandy Patinkin in “Evita.”

“I first started doing this on Saturday nights after ‘Evita,'” LuPone said. “I was desperate for people to see who I was because my applause used to dip after Mandy’s. And I thought, What have I done wrong? … Well, I thought maybe it’s the character. I want to go and have people see what I look like.

“But, doing it, I discovered how to deal with an audience that my years at Juilliard and my years in Broadway musicals couldn’t teach me.”

LuPone’s show runs through Aug. 2. For more information, click here.

For Tyler’s full story, watch the video above.

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