Patti LuPone

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2013

    The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 7/22/13

    For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.

  • Voice Choices

    June 5, 2013
  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Hermione Gingold As Evita????

    The role of Evita Peron has appealed through the years to grand divas like Patti LuPone, Faye Dunaway, Madonna, and that Argentinian woman from last year. But did you know that froggy-voiced, bulging-eyed British vaudeville entertainer slash actress Hermione Gingold sort of had a shot at it?

  • Theater

    January 2, 2013
  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 12/21/12

    Here are the ten best concerts to check out around the city this weekend, in no particular order.

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    Dee Snider Is Doing A Cabaret Act!

    And you're gonna take it! Because it's gonna be good! The singer--best known as the big-haired, large-lunged Twisted Sister frontman--met with me yesterday at 54 Below, where he'll be doing an act of Broadway numbers and holiday standards. (True story.) He even explained to me why that's not so s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 12/3/12

    Here are the ten best concerts around the city this week, in no particular order.

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2012

    Patti LuPone and Debra Winger In The Anarchist: My Review

    "Bring on some original dramas already!" we pundits always cry, desperate for new blood in the midst of the endless barrage of revivals and tourist shows. But this season, that's led to some insubstantial fare like the religious drama Grace, the porn comedy The Performers, and the unpersuasive sat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    A Quick Guide To Broadway Nights At Gay Bars

    Monday is the big night for weekly Broadway-related bar events at gay bars because most shows are dark that night, and the boites hope the customers and performers are available to straggle in. Mixing Broadway and booze, these parties tend to attract theater-queens and their friends who thrill to a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Vote For Me For Writer/Blogger Of The Year!

    The GLAM AWARDS are Cherry Jubilee's annual tribute to the best in LGBT nightlife. And once again, I am up for Best Blogger/Writer. And if you work in nightlife, you can vote for me--or, like, whoever--by sending a ballot.

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Patti LuPone And Debra Winger Meet-And-Greet Us

    In David Mamet's imminent play The Anarchist, Patti LuPone plays the incarcerated title character, trying to swing some favors from warden Debra Winger. But in real life, they love each other, even after four whole days of rehearsal. The great actresses met us at a press event today, and bestowed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2012

    The Best Broadway Bares Ever!

    It happened last night at Roseland, raising truckloads of money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS while lavishing the panting crowd with a Happy Endings show of fractured fairy tales. The stories were carried out in spectacular, sassy numbers that had been choreographed and rehearsed to the max ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    Jackie Hoffman Will Deflower A Hot New Cabaret Space

    Broadway's Jackie Hoffman--known from Xanadu and The Addams Family--is bringing her acidic (and possibly Hasidic) hilarity to the spanking new cabaret 54Below. The place--under the legendary Studio 54 site--is being creatively consulted by Scott Wittman (Hairspray, Smash), and will feature performer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    Evita Returns: My Review

    Disclosure: I busted my ass to get from a TV appearance to Evita but got there moments late. I had to watch the first 15 minutes on a monitor in the lobby, then was allowed in to my seat. And it was worth the ass-busting. I always thought the highly conceptualized 1979 Harold Prince-directed prod ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Columnist Defends Streisand In Gypsy

    As you know, Barbra Streisand is going ahead with her plan to play Mama Rose in another movie of Gypsy, the musical about the tomboy who becomes a star largely thanks to the stage mother she ends up wanting to go away. Well, there's been a lot of cynicism about Babs, who's turning 70, playing this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    The Song "Some People" Through The Years

    Surely you know the song "Some People" from the musical Gypsy. Oh, you're straight and under 50?

  • Voice Choices

    February 22, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Studio 54 To Reopen Without Sex And Drugs

    ​In keeping with today's nocturnal propensity for good behavior and crackdowns, the ghost of that legendary '70s den of debauchery Studio 54 is turning into a posh supper club!

  • Voice Choices

    January 25, 2012
  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Daniel Radcliffe Interview! "I Hope It's The End Of Harry"!

    At yesterday's 21 luncheon promoting the DVD/Blu-ray release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, I talked to movie/theater star Daniel Radcliffe and was thrilled to find he's basically magical! Here's how our talk went: Me: Hi, Daniel. Let's start with your Broadway gig. Have you foun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2011

    Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin Together Again: My Review

    In his own revue currently on Broadway, the charming Hugh Jackman sings a snippet of "I Won't Dance," backed by a full orchestra, dancing girls, and a slide show. In An Evening With Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, Broadway vets Patti and Mandy do the same song conversationally and intimately, sitt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    I Know Who Should Play The Three Strippers In Gypsy!

    ​As you know, Barbra Streisand is reportedly going to make a movie where she's Grandma Rose--I mean Mama Rose--in Gypsy. Well, I have a great idea as to who should play the worn out yet educational ecdysiasts who sing "You Gotta Get A Gimick" to young Gypsy Rose Lee as they show off the shtic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Patti And Mandy Heading To Broadway!

    Brigitte Lacombe​ And if you had to say "Patti and Mandy who?" then you're not going to care anyway, so just go back to your football game. I'm obviously talking about former Evita co-stars Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, who have been touring in a two-person evening of belting and who are a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    A Hilarious Spoof of Awards Acceptance Speeches!

    It happened at the Laurie Beechman Theater last week. It was You Like Me, a show in which various performers acted out notorious trophy-clutching speeches made by golden folks like Meryl Streep (wickedly witty), Patti Lu Pone (mildly cantankerous), and Elaine Stritch (out of her mind). La Daily ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Tony Nominations! My Final Predictions!

    ​The dramatics! The emoting! The singing and dancing and screeching for the back row! I'm talking about what's going to happen when the Tony nominations are announced tomorrow morning. My final (and 100% correct) predictions are: BEST PLAY Jerusalem War Horse Good People Motherf**k ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 20, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    The Five Best Celebrity Memoirs

    ​ I've read every celebrity memoir ever written (except for Keith Richards') because I love the inside dish, the self-aggrandizment, the bitterness, and the gloating, not to mention the peek into what makes these artists actually tick as people and performers. Of course some are more compell ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Patti LuPone Is Great For 'Hello, Dolly!'

    ​Two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone is in talks to star in a revival of Hello, Dolly! and already the chatterati are concerned. "Does she have the warmth for the role?" some of them are nattering on various bored boards. Um, yes she does.

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Streisand In Talks To Do Gypsy!

    ​It's a gay man's wet dream. Singer, Oscar winner, star, and Donna Karan wearer Barbra Streisand is in negotiations to play the fiercely tunnel-visioned Mama Rose in a movie of Gypsy, according to The Post's Michael Riedel. Normally I'd say "Enough with Gypsy!" but the chance to see Streisan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    Who Should Play Hazel in The New Musical?

    ​A press release went out yesterday saying that Hazel, the maid immortalized by Shirley Booth in a '60s sitcom, is being turned into a stage musical, and they're in talks with a Broadway actress to play the part. Too bad Shirley isn't still around because she could sing as well as act, mop, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    The Great Thing About Being Dumped as a Tony Voter...

    ​...Is that I don't have to see every single show anymore! I was so conscientious as a voter that I would sit there and watch everything that crept down the turnpike just on the off chance that it might end up getting a nomination or two.

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Patti LuPone Calls Andrew Lloyd Webber "An Alcoholic"

    ​In 1994, Tony winner Patti LuPone was bumped from the starring role in Sunset Boulevard by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, though she'd been promised the Broadway run after doing it in London. Well, some people might have just gone home and cried about it, but some people ain't Patti! Don't c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Who Gets Top Billing in Driving Miss Daisy?

    ​The marquee is up for the Driving Miss Daisy revival on Broadway, and James Earl Jones's name is the first one listed! He's on the left and Vanessa Redgrave comes next, on the right. This might be an alphabetical way to handle two titans of such magnitude, but isn't Vanessa slightly bigger, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Patti LuPone is the New Ethel Merman

    via​In 1987's tap-happy revival of Anything Goes, Patti LuPone scored as Reno Sweeney, the role originated by big-lunged Ethel Merman in the 30s. In 2008, she picked up a Tony for playing Mama Rose, another Merman role, in a rousing retread of Gypsy. And now, she going to tak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Raunch and Revelations at Broadway Bares

    ​Last night's 20th anniversary edition of Broadway Bares, benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, was a splashy gala at Roseland, which I'll tell you about in the column. But let me fill you in on a couple of fun celebrity moments from the revue, which I noticed in between gagging on, I ... More >>

  • News

    December 29, 2009

    Michael Musto's Year (and Decade) in Review!

    Gaga for Google and every twittle thing that made the Aughts fraught with fakery and fun

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2009

    How To Get Hugh Jackman To Talk To You

    ​That's easy! Simply leave your cell phone on during a performance of A Steady Rain, and when it rings during a particularly tense moment onstage, sit back and don't turn it off. That's what went on last week when Hugh broke character and advised the offending person to silence the gadget alre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    60 Is The New 59

    ​I became overwhelmed with hope after reading in Next magazine that superstar DJ Junior Vasquez is now 60 years old! It's inspiring that a sexagenarian can still spin from such a high perch! Between Junior and some other names they mentioned who are the same age, I can now cling to the possib ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    The Susan Boyle Phenomenon Is Already Getting Old

    One of the week's most clicked clips was that of Susan Boyle, the 47-year-old frump who rocked out on Britain's Got Talent and wowed the smirks off the skeptical judges' faces. But as someone who knows about the inner workings of TV, can I just say how phony the whole thing came off? In fact, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    Voice Critic Michael Feingold and Grammy Greatness

    He didn't write the music or show up at the ceremony nine-months pregnant, but we're happy to note that our theater critic Michael Feingold has had a hand in a recording that won not one but two Grammys: Best Classical Album and Best Opera Recording. The EuroArts recording of the Los Angeles Ope ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008
  • Columns

    June 17, 2008

    Will Rihanna Go Hollywood?

    Uptown Saturday nights are more fabulous all the time. Meanwhile, back at the Tonys . . .

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2008
  • Theater

    April 8, 2008

    When Musicals Matured: Three Revivals Recall Another Age

    South Pacific, Gypsy, and Juno show how 1950s Broadway got 'serious'

  • Theater

    July 17, 2007

    Mothers and Other Animals

    Gypsy is younger than ever, but LuPone's Madam Rose is the maddest yet

  • Theater

    July 25, 2006

    Bride of Sweeney

    Marriage of Lorca and Doyle is one very Todd couple

  • Columns

    November 1, 2005
  • Theater

    November 1, 2005

    Instruments of Revenge

    Attend the tale, for Sweeney's odd, but as to knowing the score, don't touch that Doyle

  • Theater

    February 10, 2004

    All Right With Me

    With Cole Porter in command of the music, if you get a kick, you've got no kick coming

  • NYC Life

    September 11, 2001
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