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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Don’t Cry For Me Argentina
LuPone sings “It’s a Fine Life” and “As Long as He Needs Me.”
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
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
Her second Tony,
Everything’s Coming Up Roses, sung at Tony Awards
a reputation that goes beyond her performance.
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, 2017
Patti sings “Invisible”
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