Patti LuPone

Monday, September 20, 2010

The legendary Patti LuPone, known for her roles in Evita, Les Misérables, Anything Goes, Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd, and Gypsy, talks about her life both onstage and off. In Patti LuPone: A Memoir, she tells stories about the life of a working actor, how she developed and honed her Tony Award–winning performances, and how she knew, even at the age of four, that she was destined for the stage.


Patti LuPone

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john stern

I am seeking the title of a book I believe was mentioned on the 9/21 Leonard opate Show. I think it was said the author was head of Teach America. The subject matter described the characteristics of excellent teachers and how we might learn from them to benefit the education system.


Sep. 22 2010 10:10 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from www.WagnerOpera.c om

Patti LuPone is a true theater person with talent galore. I sympathize with her concern over audience members recording the performances.
Nowadays, practically everyone has a camera or I-Phone or I-Pod that can video and aurally undetectably record. The performers may not be represented at their best as they would in a studio recording. Also, the artists would not benefit financially if such pirated versions are sold.
However, many artists do benefit from recordings that were surreptiusly recorded, in hearing/seeing what others have done to communicate effectively.
I am a Wagnerian heldentenor. Many of my voice teachers: "Met" Opera legends Alexander Kipnis, Friedrich Schorr, Margarete Matzenauer, Karin Branzell, Martial Singher and John Brownlee are available on "pirated""Met" Opera radio broadcast recordings transferred to CDs and much can be learned from those "echt" Wagnerian performances. Hempel was a dramatic coloratura who was the American and Berlin premieres Marshallin in "Der Rosenkavalier" and Eva in "Die Meistersinger." Schorr was/is considered the greatest Wagnerian heldenbaritone . Kipnis had the richest bass voice, flexible and range-wise wide to do superlatively Mozart, Wagner and the entire German lied unsurpassed to this day. Conductors that I have privately studied with, on these "pirated" recordings: Fausto Cleva, Laszlo Halasz, Edwin McArthur, George Schick and Giorgio Polacco and others show the techniques and methods that one who has studied privately with them can readily observe and learn.
So much depends upon "where one is coming from" as to their judgments on 'pirated" recordings. Kenneth Bennett Lane, director, the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute. Website:

Sep. 21 2010 07:44 PM
Loren from CT

I had always been a great fan of Patti LuPone, and thoroughly enjoyed her performance in "Gypsy." However, shortly after I saw her on stage, there was an incident which influenced my opinion in a negative way. Although I completely understand why recording or taking photographs during a live performance is completely wrong, and would never do it myself, her choice to single out the offending person for humiliation was ugly and cruel. She is undoubtedly talented, but too much diva-worship can be a dangerous thing.

Sep. 20 2010 01:51 PM
Connie from nj

I'd like to read her memoir--she's very down-to-earth, very real.

Sep. 20 2010 01:47 PM

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