YouTube Treasure: Patti LuPone Mouths Off as Evita


One of the musical theater legends of the modern age, Patti LuPone has always had an excitingly personal sense of diction, but in this 1981 Tony awards segment, she sounds like she’s chewing on marbles while ebulliently belting out “Buenos Aires” from her triumphant Evita star turn. Everything’s coming up mush in this manically mouthy performance, so hilarious subtitles have been added to highlight the lost syllables, the added syllables, and the nonsense syllables. By the end of it, your larynx will hurt and you’ll start to think of Barbara Walters‘s speech impediment much more fondly. “Califowah calientas” indeed!

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