Patti LuPone, considered to be one of the leading stars of Broadway, is also known for her versatility — moving effortlessly from dramas to musicals, to television and film, to appearances on concert stages internationally.
A two-time Tony® Award winner for her legendary performances in the title role of the original Broadway production of the musical Evita and as Madame Rose in the 2008 Broadway revival of the classic musical Gypsy, her most recent Broadway appearances include creating the role of “Lucia” in the musical Women on the Verge of A Nervous Breakdown, for which she was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards and most recently starring in The Anarchist, written and directed by David Mamet. The Anarchist, marked a reunion with the writer-director with whom LuPone has enjoyed a long collaboration. She has acted in his plays The Woods, The Water Engine, Edmond and The Old Neighborhood, as well as in his films Heist and State and Main. Her other recent stage credits include “Joanne” in the NY Philharmonic’s concert production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, and appearance as guest soloist with the NY City Ballet in the company’s production of The Seven Deadly Sins, her debut with the Los Angeles Opera in Weill-Brecht’s Mahagonny, the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s opera To Hell and Back with San Francisco’s Baroque Philharmonia Orchestra, “Mrs. Lovett” in John Doyle’s Broadway production of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations); the title role in Marc Blitzstein’s Regina, a musical version of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes at the Kennedy Center, “Fosca” in a concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s Passion, which was also broadcast on PBS’ Live From Lincoln Center, the City Center Encores! production of Cole Porter’s Can-Can, the NY Philharmonic’s productions of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide and Sweeney Todd (NY Phil debut) and performances on Broadway in Michael Frayn’s Noises Off and Terrence McNally’s Master Class. Beginning in 2000 she’s appeared regularly in the Ravinia Festival’s Sondheim series, starring as “Mrs. Lovett” in Sweeney Todd, “Desiree” in A Little Night Music, “Fosca” in Passion, “Cora Hooper” in Anyone Can Whistle, “Madame Rose” in Gypsy and in two different roles in Sunday in the Park with George.
A graduate of the first class of the Drama Division of New York’s Juilliard School and a founding member of John Houseman’s The Acting Company, in which she toured the country for four years, her subsequent New York credits include Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of An Anarchist and Israel Horovitz’ Stage Directions as well as performances in the musicals Pal Joey for City Center Encores!, Anything Goes (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk Award), The Cradle Will Rock, Oliver!, Working and The Robber Bridegroom (Tony Award nomination). In London, she won the Olivier Award for her performances as “Fantine” in the original production of Les Miserables and in the Acting Company production of The Cradle Will Rock. She also created the role of “Norma Desmond” in Sunset Boulevard and recreated her Broadway performance of “Maria Callas” in Master Class.
Her film appearances include Taylor Hackford’s Parker, Nancy Savoca’s Union Square, City By The Sea opposite Robert DeNiro, Spike Lee’s Summer of Sam, Bruce Beresford’s Driving Miss Daisy and Peter Weir’s Witness. Best known to television audiences for her performance as “Libby Thatcher” on the ABC series Life Goes On, her more recent appearances include Glee, 30 Rock, Army Wives, Ugly Betty, Will & Grace, the Emmy Award® winning PBS broadcasts of Passion and Sweeney Todd, PBS Great Performances’ Candide, Oz, the TNT film Monday Night Mayhem, Frasier (1998 Emmy nomination); Law & Order and An Evening with Patti LuPone (PBS).
Recordings include: Patti LuPone at Les Mouches, the 2008 Broadway cast recording of Gypsy, The Lady With the Torch, Sweeney Todd (both the 2006 Broadway revival cast recording and 2000 live performance recording on NY Philharmonic’s Special Editions Label), Matters of the Heart (cited as one of the best recordings of 1999 by both Time Out/NY and The Times of London), Pal Joey, Heatwave with John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra; Sunset Boulevard, and Patti LuPone Live. Her most recent recording is a live performance CD of her critically acclaimed new concert Far Away Places, which she will perform an expanded version of in November at Carnegie Hall, marking her fourth solo concert at that venerable venue. She is the author of the NY Times best-seller Patti LuPone: A Memoir.