Patti LuPone Biography

Date of Birth: April 21, 1949 (66)
Birth Place: Northport, NY, USA
Gender: Female

The author of the New York Times bestseller, Patti LuPone A Memoir, she most recently appeared on Broadway opposite her Evita co-star Mandy Patinkin in An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin and prior to that created the role of Lucia in the new musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, for which she was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards.

Winner of 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 Rose in the most recent Broadway production of Gypsy, her other recent stage credits include her debut with the New York City Ballet as guest soloist in their new production of The Seven Deadly Sins, Joanne in the New York Philharmonic's production of Company, 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 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 NY Philharmonic's productions of Candide and Sweeney Todd (NY Phil debut) and performances on Broadway in Michael Frayn's Noises Off, David Mamet's The Old Neighborhood, Terrence McNally's Master Class, in her own concert Patti LuPone On Broadway and three solo concerts at Carnegie Hall. In addition to Matters of the Heart she also performs three other concerts Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda, The Lady With The Torch and The Gypsy In My Soul.

Beginning in 2000 she's appeared regularly in the Ravinia Festival's Sondheim series, starring 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. A graduate of the first class of the Drama Division of New York's Juilliard School and a founding member of John Houseman's The Acting Company in which she toured the country for four years, her subsequent New York credits include Dario Fo's Accidental Death of An Anarchist, David Mamet's The Water Engine, Edmondand The Woods and Israel Horovitz's Stage Directions and performances in the musicals Pal Joey for City Center Encores!, Anything Goes, The Cradle Will Rock, Oliver!, Evita (Tony and Drama Desk Awards- Best Actress in a Musical), Working and The Robber Bridegroom.

In London, she won the Olivier Award for her performances as Fantine in the original production of Les Miserables and in the Acting Company production of The Cradle Will Rock. She also created the role of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard and recreated her Broadway performance of Maria Callas in Master Class. Films include: Union Square, directed by Nancy Savocca; Parker, directed by Taylor Hackford; City By The Sea; Heist and State and Main, both written and directed by David Mamet; Summer of Sam; Driving Miss Daisy; Witness.

TV includes Glee, 30 Rock, Ugly Betty, NBC's Will & Grace, the Emmy Award winning PBS broadcasts of Passion and Sweeney Todd; PBS Great Performances' Candide and Oz; the TNT filmMonday Night Mayhem; Frasier (1998 Emmy nomination); Law & Order; An Evening with Patti LuPone (PBS); and ABC's Life Goes On.

Recordings include: Patti LuPone at Les Mouches; the 2008 Broadway cast recording of Gypsy; The Lady With the Torch; Sweeney Todd (both the 2006 Broadway revival cast recording and 2000 live performance recording on NY Philharmonic's Special Editions Label); Matters of the Heart (cited as one of the best recordings of 1999 by both Time Out/NY and The Times of London); Pal Joey;Heatwave with John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra; Sunset Boulevard; and Patti LuPone Live.