On the Stage, Behind the Scenes and In the Audience
Patti LuPone is an American actress and singer, best known for her work in stage musicals. She is a two-time Grammy Award winner and a two-time Tony Award® winner. She is also a 2006 American Theater Hall of Fame inductee. LuPone began her professional career with The Acting Company in 1972 and made her Broadway debut in Three Sisters in 1973. She received the first of six (as of 2014) Tony Award® nominations for the 1975 musical The Robber Bridegroom. She won the Tony Award® for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Eva Perón in the 1979 original Broadway production of Evita. She played Fantine in the original London cast of Les Misérables and Moll in The Cradle Will Rock, winning the 1985 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her work in both. Other stage musical performances include her Tony®-nominated role as Reno Sweeney in the 1987 revival of Anything Goes, her Olivier-nominated role as Norma Desmond in the 1993 original production of Sunset Boulevard in London, her Tony®- nominated role as Mrs. Lovett in the 2005 production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, her Tony Award®-winning role as Mama Rose in the 2007 revival of Gypsy, and her Tony®-nominated role as Lucia in the 2010 original production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. She starred alongside Audra McDonald in the 2007 Los Angeles Opera production of Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and won two Grammy Awards for the 2008 recording, for Best Classical Album and Best Opera Recording. On television, she starred in the drama series “Life Goes On” (1989-1993) and received Emmy Award nominations for the TV Movie “The Song Spinner” (1995) and for her guest role in the sitcom “Frasier” (1998). She also had a role in the third season of the FX thriller series “American Horror Story: Coven” (2013-2014). Her films include “Witness” (1985), “Driving Miss Daisy” (1989), “State and Main” (2000) and “Parker” (2013). LuPone was part of the first graduating class of Juilliard’s Drama Division, which also included actors Kevin Kline and David Ogden Stiers. She graduated from Juilliard in 1972 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.