Patti LuPone
American actress
Patti LuPone
Patti Ann LuPone is an American singer and actress, known for her Tony Award-winning performance as Eva Perón in the 1979 stage musical Evita and for her Olivier Award-winning performance as Fantine in the original London cast of Les Misérables.
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Watch Patti LuPone Play a Rabbi on ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’
NYTimes - about 1 month
An exclusive musical number from the popular CW comedy featuring the Tony-winning Ms. LuPone and the Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh.
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Christine Ebersole Says Tony-Winning Role in 'Grey Gardens' Spoke to the Queer Community
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Though she boasts two of her own, Christine Ebersole admits she’s not attended the Tony Awards in nearly a decade. “Don’t you have to be invited or something?” the two-time “Best Actress” winner shockingly quipped when asked about her lengthy absence from Broadway’s biggest night. “I don’t get invited.” Though the Tony-winner for both 42nd Street and Grey Gardens not being on the guest-list is shocking enough, Ebersole’s explanation for the snub proves an even greater head-scratcher. “It’s because I’m not a ‘celebrity,’” the actress stated flatly. “That’s just a fact.” It’s a seemingly unbelievable assertion from an entertainer whose career spans four decades. In addition to sweeping the theatre community’s top honors in 2006 with her dual roles of reclusive Kennedy cousins Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale (“Big Edie”) and Edith Bouvier Beale (“Little Edie”) in Grey Gardens, Ebersole has countless film and television credits. Her big screen appearances include Oscar-winning films such ...
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Guggenheim Unveils New Works & Process Lineup
NYTimes - 3 months
The coming season of this series includes the Broadway divas Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole, and new ballets by Alexei Ratmansky.
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Robert DeNiro In The Comedian: DeNiro's Busy Week
Huffington Post - 3 months
You don't have to have a passion for Pagliacci to know the life of a clown has a tragic dimension. Without going to operatic extremes, The Comedian, a movie starring Robert DeNiro as a standup potty-mouthed performer, has a dark side. DeNiro developed the project with Art Linson over eight years, he said at a panel last week for The Comedians at the Plaza Athenee. Robert DeNiro's comic side, honed in movies like Last Vegas to name one, and his huge heart as in his wise, sensitive father in say, Silver Linings Playbook, come together in this movie, especially playing opposite Leslie Mann. The Comedians panel featured director Taylor Hackford, and the superb cast including Danny DeVito and his daughter Lucy, Edie Falco, and Leslie Mann, a comedienne so wide eyed and fresh, she's a revelation. Also featuring Harvey Keitel, Patti LuPone, and a Billy Crystal cameo, the cast is first-rate. Each one steals the show, making for a lot of funny moments. DeNiro works his routines at a soup kitc ...
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Stage Door: <i>Dead Poets Society</i>
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It's 1959 Eisenhower America, a fancy prep school in New England. The headmaster is smug, the kids range between privileged and awkward -- and authority rules. Then a small miracle happens. English teacher Mr. Keating (a wonderful Jason Sudelkis) arrives, proof that words elevate and ideas can change the world. He reminds the boys to "gather ye rose-buds while ye may," captivating them with the power and passion of poetry. And suddenly, the spark ignites. Dead Poets Society, now off-Broadway at CSC, is a beautifully rendered production, deftly directed with elegance -- and without sentimentality -- by John Doyle. The boys come alive -- and despite their adolescent angst -- discover beauty and depth; which sounds ideal -- if their world wasn't run by pompous, authoritarian figures. Culture and sensibility are anathema to them. And a clash is inevitable. Keating pushes the boys to open their minds and hearts in an era when conformity and anti-intellectualism rule. O ...
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With Star Quality Intact, Ben Rimalower Returns To The NYC Stage
Huffington Post - 3 months
New York writer-performer Ben Rimalower returns to the Off-Broadway stage this weekend with an encore presentation of his solo shows, “Patti Issues” and “Bad With Money.” Rimalower, 40, has been steadily making a name for himself in Manhattan theater circles and on the road since 2012, when he premiered “Patti Issues” to enthusiastic reviews at the Duplex in New York. That show, which The New York Times praised for its “sharp, observational comedy,” saw Rimalower using his obsession with Broadway diva Patti LuPone as the foil to a deeper narrative about his fractured relationship with his father.  In “Bad With Money,” which debuted at the Duplex two years later, Rimalower dramatized his struggles with another personal (and, in some respects, more imposing) demon: finances. He wasn’t just talking about a few bounced checks or missed rent payments, either, as the show chronicled his brief stint as a sex worker as well as his brush with credit card fraud. (Watch a ...
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Jennifer Ashley Tepper Dazzles Again With 'The Untold Stories Of Broadway'
Huffington Post - 3 months
If the walls of Broadway's fabled theatres could talk, they'd tell amazing stories. And historian Jennifer Ashley Tepper shares them with flair. As she never tires of pointing out, the physical setting of a theatre--everything from modern sounds and lights to a creaking infrastructure dating back decades--can play as much of a role in shaping productions as the actors onstage. There may be no better example than the surreal opening night of "Once in a Lifetime," a comedy written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, which debuted at the Music Box Theatre in 1930. As the show began the cast realized that something was gravely wrong. Surefire laugh lines were falling flat and the audience was silent. It hadn't heard one word. In his memoir, "Act One," Hart remembered looking wildly toward Kaufman to see what was amiss, and the panic ended only when a voice in the balcony rang out: "It's the fans--turn off the fans!" In the excitement of opening night, an electrician forgot to shut them ...
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Broadway's Best Celebrate Famed Director Michael Greif In New York
Huffington Post - 4 months
Stage director Michael Greif may be busier than ever, but he took time to reflect on his award-winning career with New York Times theater editor Scott Heller Friday night. Best known as the director of “Rent,” Greif recalled how his childhood in Brooklyn inspired him to pursue a career in musical theater at an early age.  “I think, like a lot of other gay kids growing up in the ‘60s and ‘70s, I felt a little out of sorts. So seeing a different alternative, or a fantasy life, onstage was something that I was drawn to,” Greif, who also helmed “Grey Gardens” and “Next to Normal,” told Heller in the interview, which can be viewed above.  Later, Greif described his preference for shows that “muck around in really serious and difficult issues” as opposed to the traditional song-and-dance stylings of yesteryear. “I’m generally drawn to musicals that, at some point, get invested in difficult journeys for their characters,” he said.  Greif returns to Broadway with ...
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Choreographer Larry Fuller Discusses His Work with Robbins, Prince, Sondheim and More
Huffington Post - 4 months
Larry Fuller rehearses with Patti Lupone in the original Broadway production of 'Evita.' Photo: Martha Swope. By Bob Rizzo, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, October 17, 2016 Choreographer Larry Fuller is responsible for the staging of some of Broadway's most iconic musicals. Whether it was his Tony Award nominated dances in Evita, or his staging for the murderous Sondheim musical Sweeney Todd, his stylized movement always held your attention. Larry has staged both the Tony Awards and the Emmy Awards and has worked numerous times with legendary Broadway director Hal Prince. On Monday, October 17th, the Dancers Over 40 will be honoring Mr. Fuller with one of their signature panel and performance nights. The evening, Larry Fuller: High Flying Adored, features Judy Kaye, Loni Ackerman, Sarah Rice and Jim Walton, among others at the St. Luke's Theater. I spoke with Mr. Fuller on the phone at his home in Pennsylvania to talk about the event and his career. Before we start I'd like ...
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Clash of the Cosmetics Titans: ‘War Paint‘ Is Coming to Broadway
NYTimes - 4 months
Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole are to star in the musical, which is to start previews on March 7 at the Nederlander Theater.
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A Call to the Park Avenue Armory
Wall Street Journal - 5 months
Patti LuPone sings to Michael Bloomberg and other highlights of the annual Park Avenue Armory gala, which raised over $2 million.
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Laura Benanti Off-Broadway at the Café Carlyle
The Huffington Post - 5 months
With more than a wink, the poised Laura Benanti portrays herself as a child show tune nerd recounting highlights from her stellar career with comedic flair. You could say this Tony Award winner's show at the Café Carlyle, Tales from Soprano Isle, glimpses her life backwards: songs from her recent hit musical, She Loves Me, to her very first Broadway role as Maria in The Sound of Music. And after introducing her accompanists, music director Todd Almond and bass player, Brian Ellingson, including the "drummer girl" she is carrying--yes, she was big with child under her red sheath (in case you didn't notice), Benanti pays homage to her music teacher mom, to Harry Chapin, Joni Mitchell, and Tori Amos, with ample anecdotes, including a wild night of double vodkas with Patti Lupone. More...
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L.A. theater openings, Sept. 4-11: Patti LuPone and more
LATimes - 6 months
This week: South Coast Rep opens its season with a Tony-winning historical drama, a tune-filled August Wilson tale comes to the Taper, and a two-time Tony winner graces the stage at Segerstrom Center. Angel’s Flight A detective searches for a missing girl in 1940s L.A. in this mashup of comedy,...
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The Week Ahead: Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole in a Battle of Lipstick Titans
NYTimes - 8 months
“War Paint,” one of the most anticipated new musicals of the year, opens at the Goodman Theater in Chicago this month.
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What Other Actresses Auditioned for the <i>Hello Dolly!</i> Revival? Christine Pedi Knows
Huffington Post - about 1 year
With news of a fresh revival of Hello Dolly! starring the one and only Bette Midler coming to Broadway spring 2017, video footage surfaced featuring other possible actresses up for the titled role. Those who have auditioned include Oprah Winfrey, Liza Minnelli, Patti LuPone, and even Dame Julie Andrews. Well, not exactly.... Broadway actress &amp; comedian, Christine Pedi, reacts to the news of the new Hello Dolly! revival with an entertaining video featuring her famous impressions of our favorite Broadway divas! In her new video, Pedi portrays what the audition room would be like if Minnelli, LuPone, and even Bernadette Peters walked in. Within three days, over 76,000 viewers have seen the video and a plethora social media posts followed. Bette Midler even showed her support for the video with a special "thank you" tweet to Christine Pedi. Thanks, @ChristinePedi You made my day! https://t.co/7JDPewom2T — Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) January 23, 2016 Christine ...
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Aisle View: Splendidly Delirious
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Jeremy Shamos, Kate Jennings Grant, David Furr, Andrea Martin, Tracee Chimo and Campbell Scott in Noises Off. Photo: Joan Marcus Michael Frayn's Noises Off, when it premiered back in 1982 in London (with Patricia Routledge) and when it opened in 1983 at the Atkinson (with Dorothy Loudon), was farce comedy par excellence; we didn't quite realize, in those days of Cats and Torch Song Trilogy, that broad, knock-down stage farce could not only be viable but classy. When the play was revived at the Atkinson in 2001--with a cast headed by Patti LuPone and Peter Gallagher, under the direction of Jeremy Sams--this playgoer found the results funny; or, rather, merely funny. Which was not enough at all. Far more problematic was Peter Bogdanovich's earlier, star-studded motion picture version, which suffered immediate death with critics and audiences. Slinging the prop sardines was Carol Burnett--still, in 1992, America's funniest lady--supported by the likes of Michael Caine and Chris ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Patti LuPone
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  • 2016
    Age 66
    Also in 2016, she began appearing in Steven Universe as the voice of Yellow Diamond.
    More Details Hide Details LuPone opposes recording, photographs, and other electronic distractions in live theatre. "Where's the elegance?" she asked in a blog post on her official site. "I mean, I'm glad they show up because God knows it's a dying art form and I guess I'm glad they're all comfortable, sleeping, eating and drinking, things they should be doing at home and in a restaurant. But it's just not done in the theatre or shouldn't be." LuPone has been the subject of some controversy due to the bluntness of her statements regarding this matter. A related incident occurred at the second to last performance of Gypsy on January 10, 2009. LuPone, irritated by flash photography, stopped in the middle of "Rose's Turn" and loudly demanded that the interloper be removed from the theatre. After he was removed, LuPone restarted her number. The audience applauded her stance. The event was recorded by another audience member, who released it on YouTube. She later stated that such distractions drive "people in the audience nuts. They can't concentrate on the stage if, in their peripheral vision, they're seeing texting, they're seeing cameras, they're listening to phone calls. How can we do our job if the audience is distracted?", and also mentioned that "the interesting thing is I'm not the first one that's done it".
    She returned to the show in 2016 in the role of Dr. Seward, an alienist aiding Eva Green's character.
    More Details Hide Details Seward is an adaptation of John Seward from Bram Stoker's Dracula, and claims to be a descendant of Joan Clayton, the character LuPone portrayed in the second season.
  • 2015
    Age 65
    In 2015, she appeared in several episodes of the Showtime horror series Penny Dreadful as a cantankerous yet powerful white witch.
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  • 2013
    Age 63
    In 2013, LuPone was cast in the third season of the FX series American Horror Story as Joan Ramsey, a religious mother with a hidden past, and played herself in the third season of HBO's Girls.
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    LuPone appeared in the 2013 film Parker, an action-thriller.
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  • 2012
    Age 62
    LuPone guest starred on Army Wives on July 8, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details She reunited with fellow guest star Kellie Martin as her mother once again.
    She is appearing as the inaugural act at a new cabaret space, 54 Below, in New York City in June 2012.
    More Details Hide Details According to the New York Times reviewer, "Nowadays Ms. LuPone generates more raw excitement than any other performer on the Broadway and cabaret axis, with the possible exception of Liza Minnelli. And her brilliant show, conceived and directed by her longtime collaborator, Scott Wittman, deserves many lives, perhaps even a Broadway run in an expanded edition. It certifies Ms. LuPone's place in the lineage of quirky international chanteuses like Lotte Lenya, Marlene Dietrich and Edith Piaf, who, like Ms. LuPone, conquered show business with forceful, outsize personalities while playing by their own musical rules." She also appeared as the inaugural act at the Sharon L. Morse Entertainment Center in The Villages, Florida on April 30, 2015, to a sold out audience of residents mainly 55 years-of-age and older. Among LuPone's film credits are Fighting Back, Witness, Just Looking, The Victim, Summer of Sam, Driving Miss Daisy, King of the Gypsies, 1941, Wise Guys, Nancy Savoca's The 24 Hour Woman and Savoca's Union Square (in post-production, late 2010), Family Prayers, and City by the Sea. She has also worked with playwright David Mamet on The Water Engine, the critically acclaimed State and Main, and Heist. In 2011, the feature film Union Square, co-written and directed by the Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Award Winner, Nancy Savoca, is being premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.
    In the fall of 2012 LuPone appeared with Debra Winger in David Mamet's new play The Anarchist.
    More Details Hide Details Despite the play receiving less than stellar reviews from critics, LuPone received widespread praise for her role as Cathy. In June 2015, LuPone appeared in the Douglas Carter Beane play Shows for Days at Lincoln Center Theater. In October of 2015, LuPone, along with the current Fantine on the West End, joined her cast-mates to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Les Miserables. Most recently, LuPone originated the lead role of Helena Rubinstein in the new musical War Paint, running at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. The production ran through August 21, 2016. LuPone performs regularly in her solo shows Matters of the Heart; Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda; and The Lady With the Torch which sold out at Carnegie Hall. For example, she performed her one-woman show The Gypsy In My Soul at the Caramoor Fall Festival, New York, in September 2010.
  • 2011
    Age 61
    LuPone made her New York City Ballet debut in May 2011 in a production of The Seven Deadly Sins, directed and choreographed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett.
    More Details Hide Details A piece she had previously performed, LuPone sang the role of Anna in the Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht score. LuPone concluded a 63-performance Broadway engagement of her concert with former Evita co-star Mandy Patinkin, entitled An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin. The run started on November 21, 2011 at the Ethel Barrymore Theater, and ended on January 13, 2012.
    In 2011, LuPone played the role of Joanne in a four-night limited engagement concert production of Stephen Sondheim's 1970 musical Company at the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Sondheim expert Paul Gemignani.
    More Details Hide Details The production starred Neil Patrick Harris as Bobby. Harris had previously worked with LuPone in the 2000 and 2001 concert productions of Sweeney Todd. The cast of Company performed the song "Side by Side by Side" at the 65th Tony Awards on June 12, 2011.
  • 2010
    Age 60
    In 2010, LuPone created the role of Lucia in the original Broadway production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, which opened at the Belasco Theater on November 4, 2010, and closed on January 2, 2011, after 23 previews and 69 regular performances.
    More Details Hide Details LuPone was nominated for a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and an Outer Critics Circle Award for her performance.
    In August 2010, LuPone appeared in a three-day run of Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun, in which she played the title role opposite Patrick Cassidy, at the Ravinia Festival, directed by Lonny Price.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2009
    Age 59
    The recording of the Los Angeles Opera production of Kurt Weill's opera Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, featuring McDonald and LuPone, won two Grammy Awards, for Best Opera Recording and Best Classical Album in February 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Following the Ravinia Festival production of Gypsy, LuPone and author Arthur Laurents mended a decade-long rift and she was cast in the City Center Encores! Summer Stars production of the show. Laurents directed LuPone in Gypsy for a 22 performance run (July 9, 2007 – July 29, 2007) at City Center. This production of Gypsy then transferred to Broadway, opening March 27, 2008 at the St. James Theatre. LuPone won the Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama League Award, Drama Desk Award, and Tony Award for her performance in Gypsy. It closed on January 11, 2009.
  • 2007
    Age 57
    On February 10, 2007, LuPone starred with Audra McDonald in the Los Angeles Opera production of Kurt Weill's opera Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny directed by John Doyle.
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    She starred alongside Audra McDonald in the 2007 Los Angeles Opera production of Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and won two Grammy Awards for the 2008 recording, for Best Classical Album and Best Opera Recording.
    More Details Hide Details On television, she starred in the drama series Life Goes On (1989–1993) and received Emmy Award nominations for the TV Movie The Song Spinner (1995) and for her guest role in the sitcom Frasier (1998). She also had a role in the third season of the FX thriller series American Horror Story: Coven (2013–2014). Her films include Witness (1985), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), State and Main (2000) and Parker (2013).
  • 2006
    Age 56
    In August 2006, LuPone took a three-week leave from Sweeney in order to play Rose in Lonny Price's production of Gypsy at Ravinia.
    More Details Hide Details Sweeney Todd closed in September 2006.
  • 2005
    Age 55
    She returned to Broadway in October 2005, to star as Mrs. Lovett in John Doyle's new Broadway production of Sweeney Todd.
    More Details Hide Details In this radically different interpretation of the musical, the ten actors on stage also served as the show's orchestra, and LuPone played the tuba and the orchestra bells as well as vocally performing the score. For her performance, she received a Tony Award nomination as well as a Golden Icon Award for Best Female Musical Theater Performance.
  • 2001
    Age 51
    In November 2001, she starred in a Broadway revival of Noises Off, with Peter Gallagher and Faith Prince.
    More Details Hide Details LuPone has performed in numerous New York concert productions of musicals including Pal Joey with Peter Gallagher and Bebe Neuwirth, Annie Get Your Gun with Peter Gallagher, Sweeney Todd with George Hearn in both New York and San Francisco, Anything Goes with Howard McGillin, Can-Can with Michael Nouri for City Center Encores! Candide with Kristin Chenoweth, Passion with Michael Cerveris and Audra McDonald and Gypsy with Boyd Gaines and Laura Benanti for City Center Encores! Her performances in Sweeney Todd, and Candide were recorded and broadcast for PBSs Great Performances and were released on DVD. The concert staging of Passion was televised as part of Live from Lincoln Center. Since 2001, LuPone has been a regular performer at the Chicago Ravinia Festival. She starred in a six-year-long series of concert presentations of Stephen Sondheim musicals, which began in honor of his seventieth birthday. Her roles here have included Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Fosca in Passion, Cora Hoover Hooper in Anyone Can Whistle, Rose in Gypsy and two different roles in Sunday in the Park with George.
  • FORTIES
  • 1995
    Age 45
    In November 1995 LuPone starred in her one-woman show, Patti LuPone on Broadway, at the Walter Kerr Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details For her work, she received an Outer Critics Circle Award. The following year, she was selected by producer Robert Whitehead to succeed his wife, Zoe Caldwell in the Broadway production of Terrence McNally’s play Master Class, based on the master classes given by operatic diva Maria Callas at Juilliard. LuPone received positive reviews, with Vincent Canby writing "Ms. LuPone really is vulnerable here in a way that wasn't anticipated: she's in the process of creating a role for which she isn't ideally suited, but she's working like a trouper to get it right." She appeared in the play in the West End.
  • 1994
    Age 44
    Her live performance of "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" at the Grammy Awards was released on the 1994 album Grammy's Greatest Moments Volume IV.
    More Details Hide Details In 2009 LuPone's 1985 recording of "I Dreamed a Dream" reached #45 on the UK Singles Chart It also reached the Billboard magazine Hot Digital Songs and Hot Singles Recurrents charts in the US. A live concert special film, "An Evening with Patti LuPone", was filmed in July 2012 and released in November 2012 on SethTv.com with 104 minutes of Patti LuPone songs and stories with host Seth Rudetsky.
  • 1993
    Age 43
    In 1993, LuPone returned to London to create the role of Norma Desmond in the original production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard at the Adelphi Theater.
    More Details Hide Details There was much anticipation of LuPone appearing in another Lloyd Webber musical, the first since her performance in Evita. Her time in the show was difficult and she was abruptly fired by Lloyd Webber and replaced by Glenn Close who opened the show in Los Angeles and eventually on Broadway.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1988
    Age 38
    LuPone is married to Matthew Johnston. The couple were wed on the stage of the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center on December 12, 1988, after filming the TV movie LBJ; Johnston was a cameraman.
    More Details Hide Details They have one child, Joshua Luke Johnston (b. November 21, 1990). The family resides in Edisto Beach, South Carolina and Kent, Connecticut. LuPone recorded a duet with Seth MacFarlane (who was in character as Glenn Quagmire) on the 2005 album Family Guy: Live In Vegas. A new CD of one of her shows, The Lady with the Torch, was released in 2006 on Sh-K-Boom Records. In December she released bonus tracks for that CD only available on iTunes and the Sh-K-Boom website. Selected recordings include:
  • 1987
    Age 37
    She returned to Broadway in 1987 to star as nightclub singer Reno Sweeney in the Lincoln Center Theater revival of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes.
    More Details Hide Details She starred opposite Howard McGillin, and they both received Tony Award nominations for their performances. The Lincoln Center cast reassembled for a one-night-only concert performance of Anything Goes in New York in 2002.
  • 1985
    Age 35
    For her work in both The Cradle Will Rock and Les Misérables, LuPone received the 1985 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
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  • 1984
    Age 34
    LuPone had previously worked for Mackintosh in a short-lived Broadway revival of Oliver! in 1984, playing Nancy opposite Ron Moody as Fagin.
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    The production premiered at The Acting Companys summer residence at Chautauqua Institution, toured the United States, including an engagement at the Highland Park, Illinois' Ravinia Festival in 1984, and played London's West End.
    More Details Hide Details When the run ended, LuPone remained in London to create the role of Fantine in Cameron Mackintosh’s original London production of Les Misérables, in 1985, which premiered at the Barbican Theatre, at that time the London home of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1979
    Age 29
    In 1979 LuPone starred in the original Broadway production of Evita, the musical based on the life of Eva Perón, composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, and directed by Harold Prince.
    More Details Hide Details Although LuPone was hailed by critics, she has since said that her time in Evita was not an enjoyable one. In a 2007 interview, she stated " 'Evita' was the worst experience of my life," she said. "I was screaming my way through a part that could only have been written by a man who hates women. And I had no support from the producers, who wanted a star performance onstage but treated me as an unknown backstage. It was like Beirut, and I fought like a banshee." Despite the trouble, LuPone won her first Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. LuPone and her co-star, Mandy Patinkin, remained close friends both on and off the stage. In May 1983, founding alumni of The Acting Company reunited for an off-Broadway revival of Marc Blitzstein’s landmark labor musical The Cradle Will Rock at the American Place Theater. It was narrated by John Houseman, with LuPone in the roles of Moll and Sister Mister.
  • 1978
    Age 28
    In 1978, she appeared in the Broadway musical adaptation of Studs Terkel’s Working, which ran for only 24 performances.
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  • 1976
    Age 26
    In 1976, producer David Merrick hired LuPone as a replacement to play Genevieve, the title role of the troubled pre-Broadway production of The Baker's Wife.
    More Details Hide Details The production toured at length but Merrick deemed it unworthy of Broadway and it closed out of town. Since 1977, LuPone has been a frequent collaborator with David Mamet, appearing in his plays The Woods, All Men are Whores, The Blue Hour, The Water Engine (1978), Edmond and The Old Neighborhood (1997). The New York Times reviewer wrote of LuPone in The Old Neighborhood "Those who know Ms. LuPone only as a musical comedy star will be stunned by the naturalistic fire she delivers here. As Jolly, a part inspired by Mr. Mamet's real-life sister and his realized female character, Ms. LuPone finds conflicting layers of past and present selves in practically every line. She emerges as both loving matriarch and wounded adolescent, sentimental and devastatingly clear-eyed."
  • 1973
    Age 23
    She made her Broadway debut in the play The Three Sisters as Irina in 1973.
    More Details Hide Details For her work in The Robber Bridegroom (1975) she received her first Tony Award nomination, for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. The Acting Company honored Patti LuPone on March 12, 2012 in an event called "Patti's Turn" at the Kaye Playhouse.
  • 1972
    Age 22
    LuPone's stint with the company lasted from 1972 to 1976, and she appeared in many of their productions, such as The Cradle Will Rock, The School for Scandal, Women Beware Women, The Beggar’s Opera, The Time of Your Life, The Lower Depths, The Hostage, Next Time I’ll Sing to You, Measure for Measure, Scapin, Edward II, The Orchestra, Love’s Labours Lost, Arms and the Man, The Way of the World.
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    In 1972, LuPone became one of the original members of The Acting Company, formed by John Houseman.
    More Details Hide Details The Acting Company is a nationally touring repertory theater company.
    She graduated from Juilliard in 1972 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
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    LuPone began her professional career with The Acting Company in 1972 and made her Broadway debut in Three Sisters in 1973.
    More Details Hide Details She received the first of six (as of 2014) Tony Award nominations for the 1975 musical The Robber Bridegroom. She won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Eva Perón in the 1979 original Broadway production of Evita. She played Fantine in the original London cast of Les Misérables and Moll in The Cradle Will Rock, winning the 1985 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her work in both. Other stage musical performances include her Tony-nominated role as Reno Sweeney in the 1987 revival of Anything Goes, her Olivier-nominated role as Norma Desmond in the 1993 original production of Sunset Boulevard in London, her Tony-nominated role as Mrs. Lovett in the 2005 production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, her Tony Award-winning role as Mama Rose in the 2008 revival of Gypsy, and her Tony-nominated role as Lucia in the 2010 original production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1949
    Born
    LuPone was born April 21, 1949, in Northport, New York, on Long Island, the daughter of Angela Louise (née Patti), a college library administrator, and Orlando Joseph LuPone, a school administrator.
    More Details Hide Details Her great-grand-aunt was the celebrated 19th-century opera singer Adelina Patti. Her older brother Robert LuPone is an actor, dancer, and director who originated the role of Zach the director in A Chorus Line. LuPone was part of the first graduating class of Juilliard's Drama Division (1968–1972: Group 1), which also included actors Kevin Kline and David Ogden Stiers.
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