P is for Patti LuPone. Her Broadway career in photos and videos


When Patti LuPone recently sang for the Rosie O’Donnell Show in quarantine, many viewers were intrigued by the glimpse of her basement, and especially the jukebox in it—which prompted her to start giving virtual tours of her home.
It seems likely that LuPone has sung every song on that jukebox for a paying audience. In the nearly half century since she made her Broadway debut, she has become best known for her performances in Broadway musicals, seven of which resulted in Tony nominations, two of which she won Evita and Gypsy
But her career is much broader than Broadway musicals; almost half of her Broadway credits have been in non-musical plays, especially in new plays by David Mamet. And much of her singing has been done outside of book musicals on Broadway. She originated starring roles in both Les Miserables and Sunset Boulevard in London, without being cast in them in New York, and she has created concert tours and solo shows with a varied repertoire. (I just unearthed a review I did of An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin in 2011.)

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Evita, 1983

Don’t Cry For Me Argentina

Oliver, 1984

LuPone sings “It’s a Fine Life” and “As Long as He Needs Me.”

Les Miserables,1985

The original Fantine in the London production, for which she won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Here Patti LuPone sings “I Dreamed A Dream” in 1991

Anything Goes, 1987

Sunset Boulevard, 1993

In London

Master Class, 1995

In July 1996, Patti LuPone replaced Zoe Caldwell in the role of Maria Callas in Terrence McNally’s play. Here is a 17-minute excerpt

Sweeney Todd, 2005 revival

Gypsy, 2008

Her second Tony,
Everything’s Coming Up Roses, sung at Tony Awards

Rose’s Turn

a reputation that goes beyond her performance.

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, 2017

Patti sings “Invisible”

Company, 2020?

LuPone was portraying Joanne in the revival of this Sondheim musical that was scheduled to open this month. Here she is performing one of Joanne’s songs, “Ladies Who Lunch” in previous concert — showing what we have to look forward to.

The Rosie O’Donnell Show In Quarantine

She sings “A Hundred Years from Today” and “Smile” from her basement

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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