Album:Anything Goes: The New Broadway Cast Recording
Patti LuPone is arguably the most acclaimed musical theater performer of this generation. Though her signature role is probably as Eva Peron in Evita, she has won two Tony Awards and has been nominated for six including for the 1988 revival of the Cole Porter show Anything Goes. And she does movies and TV. She was born Apr. 21, 1949 in Northport, Long Island, NY. Her older brother Robert LuPone starred in the original production of A Chorus Line. Patti graduated from Juilliard with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1972. She was a member of The Acting Company led by legendary actor and producer John Houseman, best known for his star turn in the film and TV series The Paper Chase. Patti earned her first Tony nomination for the 1975 musical The Robber Bridegroom. Patti left The Acting Company in 1976 and she was supposed to star in the musical The Baker's Wife. That show never made it to Broadway. After a few more shows, Patti was hired in 1979 to play Eva Peron in Evita. She won her first Tony. But she has said in recent years that she was treated badly by the show producers so it was not an enjoyable experience. After appearing in the 1984 Broadway revival of Oliver!, she starred in the 1985 original London production of Les Miserables and she won an Olivier award. Then she starred in the 1987 revival of the 1934 Cole Porter show Anything Goes. The show was very successful and Patti and co-star Howard McGilpin were both nominated for Tonys. Then she got into movies and especially TV. She starred as Lady Bird Johnson in the 1987 TV movie LBJ: The Early Years and she starred in the series Life Goes On. Patti returned to Broadway in the 1993 show Sunset Boulevard but she was fired and replaced by Glenn Close. She and Andrew Lloyd Webber do not get along. Then she did a one woman show on Broadway in 1995. Among her significant Broadway performances since then were Sweeney Todd in 2005 and Gypsy in 2007 for which she won her second Tony. She also does a lot of TV guest shots and the occasional film. She currently appears in the Showtime series Penny Dreadful. No doubt Patti will return to Broadway if the opportunity comes up. But she doesn't need to. She's already a legend. Here's Patti LuPone performing Anything Goes on the 1988 Tony Awards broadcast.