VIDEO: Watch Patti LuPone in Never-Before Aired PBS Soap Operetta
Below, watch Broadway star Patti LuPone like you've never seen her before as we present: "Love Cycle: A Soap Operetta", a 'mini-musical' made for PBS in 1984 which was never broadcast.
With music and lyrics by Peggy Black and Bill Burnett and a book by David Misch, LuPone stars as 'Rachel' a ghost who appears out of a laundromat dryer in order to seek revenge on her husband, who had left her for another woman. "At last I'm free to pursue my dream of vengeance!" declares the 'Evita' star as she materializes before a group of stunned laundromat patrons.
Ms. LuPone won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Actress in a Musical and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Performance of the Season for her performance as Madame Rose in the most recent Broadway production of Gypsy. Her other stage credits include her debut with the Los Angeles Opera in Weill-Brecht's Mahagonny; the world premiere of Jake Heggie's opera To Hell and Back with San Francisco's Baroque Philharmonia Orchestra; Mrs. Lovett in John Doyle's production of Sweeney Todd (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations, Drama League Award for Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre); the title role in Marc Blitzstein's Regina; a musical version of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes at the Kennedy Center; Fosca in a concert version of Passion, which was also broadcast on PBS's Live From Lincoln Center; a multi-city tour of her theatrical concert Matters of the Heart; the City Center Encores! production of Can-Can; the New York Philharmonic's productions of Candide and Sweeney Todd (New York Philharmonic debut); and performances on Broadway inMichael Frayn's Noises Off, David Mamet's The Old Neighborhood, Terrence McNally's Master Class, and in her own concert Patti LuPone On Broadway.
Since 2000, she's appeared regularly at the Ravinia Festival, beginning in its Sondheim series when she starred as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Desiree in A Little Night Music, Fosca in Passion, Cora Hooper in Anyone Can Whistle, Madame Rose in Gypsy, and in two different roles in Sunday in the Park with George. Her subsequent appearances there include a reprise of her performance in Heggie'sTo Hell and Back, a concert performance of Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins, and the title role in a concert production of Annie Get Your Gun.