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Episode #35

Patti LuPone

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Monday, February 18, 2013

This week, Alec sits down with Patti LuPone – who has 26 Broadway credits and two Tonys, one for "Evita" and one for "Gypsy." LuPone is known for her opinions; she’s passionate.  “I love what I do,” LuPone tells Alec, “I love the audience, and I love the fact that I get to do it. ... I love our craft very, very, much, and it’s a noble craft.”

And Patti LuPone has perseverance. As she recounts to Alec, on the opening night of "Evita," she had the flu and threw up in the sink. More than 20 years later, LuPone finished her last day of radiation for breast cancer treatment and went straight to rehearsal for "Sweeney Todd" at the New York Philharmonic.  “We have a responsibility,” says LuPone. The audience has “come to see me, … they know that I know they’re there, and … when an actor acknowledges the audience, then you can have a moment of ecstasy."

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Alec Baldwin

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Emily Botein and Kathie Russo
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Comments [7]

cervantes

to "Carol Burnett"["yeah right"]: it is a "noble craft". they're not necessarily narcissists. methinks, you are a bit overly literal and just plain silly, ms. faux Carol..

Oct. 10 2013 11:52 AM

How is pretending to be other people and seeking adoration and applause a "noble craft"? Narcissism.

Apr. 07 2013 03:10 PM
Wendy from London ON Canada

What a WONDERFUL interview. Patti Lupone is and always will be Broadway to me. Thank you Alec, this was a joy to listen to.

Mar. 22 2013 05:25 PM
Nina

Loved you in Sweeney Todd. You can tell when a person loves their craft.

Mar. 15 2013 12:58 PM

A nice, interruption-free interview. A little kiss-assy ("You're BREATHTAKING"), but then, this is part of the charm. Looking forward to Brian Williams.

Mar. 04 2013 08:34 AM
Jane

Bravo Patti, Bravo Alec

Mar. 03 2013 05:36 PM
kevin from ULS

watch out for the goons at the ny post alec,they are trying to screw you.

Feb. 18 2013 01:57 PM

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