Lloyd Webber? Trump? Madonna? Dont get her started! As the goddess of the modern musical prepares to star in Company, she settles some old scores and starts some new ones
Patti LuPone is giving her radiator a good smack. I can NOT figure out how the heat works here! Lupone the queen of Broadway, the goddess of the modern musical bellows with the sort of fierceness that has driven people shes worked with to hide in terror. Is it hot or cold? I cannot figure out whats going on in this country. I cannot figure whats going on in my country, either. Oh my Gahhhhhd, dont get me started!
We are meeting in the London townhouse where she is staying while appearing in Marianne Elliotts hugely anticipated production of the Stephen Sondheim musical, Company, which opens next week. LuPone is a theatrical legend, a two-times Tony winner who was the original Evita on Broadway and the original Fantine in the London Les Misrables, her distinctive, powerful and emotional voice helping to turn their accompanying albums into mega-sellers.
But LuPone gained an extra level of fame last year for her political opinions. In the summer, she was on the red carpet at the Tony awards when a reporter asked her why President Trump should come see her sing. Well, I hope he doesnt, LuPone said, because then I wont perform. Really? REALLY. Tell me why, the reporter said. Because I hate the motherfucker, hows that? she replied. The interview immediately went viral.
Ha! That was something! LuPone cackles. I cant stand the red carpet. Its just so tedious and Im not good on it because I will always speak my truth, and its not necessarily appropriate in the environment.
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