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Patti LuPone in LES MISERABLES#1
Posted: 10/9/15 at 12:50pm

So the West End production of Les Miserables celebrated its 30th anniversary last night, and I showed some photos to a friend who was shocked to find that Patti LuPone showed up (especially the fact that she posed for a photo with Cameron Mackintosh).

https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Photo-Flash-The-Celebration-Continues-LES-MISERABLES-30th-Birthday-Event-With-Patti-LuPone-Colm-Wilkinson-Frances-Ruffelle-and-More-20151009

 

I remember having a conversation with my friend after loaning her my blu-ray copy for the 25th Anniversary Concert, and she couldn't help but notice that Patti was nowhere to be found (of course, she could've just been getting ready for Women on the Verge at the time).

 

Does anyone know anything about her history with Cameron Mackintosh? I know he offered her the chance to a part of Les Miz after having played Nancy in Oliver!, and that she didn't transfer with the show to Broadway because she felt doing it in London was the perfect experience. As well as the fact that she felt so bored waiting two hours for her next scene, that she pretty much went out to the bar every night.

Updated On: 10/9/15 at 12:50 PM
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Posted: 10/9/15 at 1:15pm

She's part of that achievement. She wasn't so much doing Cameron a favor, as just celebrating her own contribution. Plus if she's still filming Penny Dreadful in Ireland, it's only a short hop jump and a skip over to London, so why not?

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Posted: 10/9/15 at 1:44pm

Jay Lerner-Z said: "She's part of that achievement. She wasn't so much doing Cameron a favor, as just celebrating her own contribution. Plus if she's still filming Penny Dreadful in Ireland, it's only a short hop jump and a skip over to London, so why not?"

 

Yeah, I really think it's a matter of 1) whether there is something of substance for her to do and 2) can she be in London when they're doing it. She was there for the 21st anniversary concert, so it's not like she's never revisited the success of Les Mis.

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Patti LuPone in LES MISERABLES#4
Posted: 10/9/15 at 1:47pm

In Patti's memoir, she has very positive things to say about the Les Mis experience overall. I think any absence from previous celebrations/reunions were just based on her availability, not any ill will. 

I am a firm believer in serendipity- all the random pieces coming together in one wonderful moment, when suddenly you see what their purpose was all along.
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Posted: 10/9/15 at 1:58pm

The 25th anniversary concert took place on October 3rd of 2010.  The first preview of Women on the Verge was October 8th of that year.  It would have been impractical, if not impossible, for her to participate.

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Patti LuPone in LES MISERABLES#6
Posted: 10/9/15 at 2:26pm

I always crack up at her manicly fast line readings on the LES MIZ OLC.

 

"Yesit'struethere'sachildandthatchildismydaughter"

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Posted: 10/9/15 at 2:33pm

That tempo would have been the conductor's choice, since all of her lines are sung except for "Give me that letter back."

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Posted: 10/9/15 at 2:42pm

Patti finds a way to clip those tempos along... I can't imagine it's the conductor to blame for the wildly fast and thrilling tempo in her Evita, especially in the final months of her run.

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Posted: 10/9/15 at 2:46pm

I was just talking about the Les Mis recording. But you're right; her final performances of Evita sound as though her cab is outside with the meter running.

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Posted: 10/9/15 at 2:47pm

Absolutely love her look in the onstage group photo. Funny and frightening at the same time. 

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Posted: 10/9/15 at 3:16pm

Reginald Tresilian said: "I was just talking about the Les Mis recording. But you're right; her final performances of Evita sound as though her cab is outside with the meter running.

 

OK, this made me laugh!

 

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Patti LuPone in LES MISERABLES#12
Posted: 10/9/15 at 4:32pm

I never knew she had a beef with Mackintosh, I thought it was just ALW. 

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Posted: 10/9/15 at 4:43pm

adamgreer said: "I never knew she had a beef with Mackintosh, I thought it was just ALW."

 

Well someone who is far clever than I DID suggest "All-Beef Patti" as the title of her memoir.

When I see the phrase "the ____ estate", I imagine a vast mansion in the country full of monocled men and high-collared women receiving letters about productions across the country and doing spit-takes at whatever they contain. -Kad
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Posted: 10/9/15 at 6:10pm

I'll always remember an anecdote of hers about Les Miz she told Seth Rudetsky on Sirius years and years ago. They required any leads to be background characters in the chorus for any scene in which their character did not appear. Patti was having none of this, obviously. She was appearing in a play while rehearsals for Les Miz began and "saving her voice/energy" was a perfect excuse to bail on that.

 

Once that play closed she had to resort to HIDING throughout the theatre. One day, while they were rehearsing an Act Two scene, Patti was lost in some back hallway, walked through a door and found herself in the rear orchestra. She heard McIntosh talking up front and, in an attempt to dive behind a row of seats, gave away her position. McIntosh swings around and exclaims, "OH, PATTI! PERFECT!" She tried to make a last second attempt to thwart the inevitable by asking to play a boy, but no one objected...

And that is why, even though other actors are showing up all over, the actress playing Fantine does nothing after her death scene besides inexplicably appearing once in Act Two, in drag no less, before the finale.

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Patti LuPone in LES MISERABLES#15
Posted: 10/9/15 at 6:30pm

It's nice to see the BWW-London photographer isn't totally f*cking incompetent like the schmuck that normally photographs for the site. I remember the very beautiful Ann-Margret once looking like a zombie. 

Anyway, great pics. Frances could easily pass for her daughter's sister. And how fortuitous that Patti is filming in Ireland and could attend the celebration.

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Posted: 10/9/15 at 6:50pm

I think at a certain point she complained because she wasn't invited to the 10th anniversary...

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Posted: 10/9/15 at 7:24pm

And that is why, even though other actors are showing up all over, the actress playing Fantine does nothing after her death scene besides inexplicably appearing once in Act Two, in drag no less, before the finale.


 


I don't think that's accurate.  I'll have to go back to her autobiography but I recall reading that LuPone complained about and named another actress in the original company who outed her so LuPone ended up having no choice but to be a background player like the other leads.  So after Fantine dies, LuPone got dressed up as one of the bullet boys in DYHTPS after the students learn of Lamarque's death and for the rest of Act 1.


 


Randy Graff followed suit and to this day, I believe every woman in the Fantine track plays a bullet boy starting at the latter half of Act 1 until the dismissal of the fathers, mothers and children from the barricade in Act 2.  Then Fantine reappears for Valjean's death.  

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Posted: 10/9/15 at 8:38pm

In the book Nothing Like a Dame by Eddie Shapiro, Patti mentions that she thought it was strange she was never invited to partake in a Les Mis reunion. It didn't seem like there was any bad blood though

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Patti LuPone in LES MISERABLES#19
Posted: 10/10/15 at 1:04am

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Patti LuPone in LES MISERABLES#20
Posted: 10/10/15 at 1:11am

givesmevoice said: "adamgreer said: "I never knew she had a beef with Mackintosh, I thought it was just ALW."

 

 

 

Well someone who is far clever than I DID suggest "All-Beef Patti" as the title of her memoir.

 

 

 

That made me laugh out very laugh loud in a cafe just now!

 

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Posted: 10/10/15 at 1:20am

I did, too, although I wasn't in a cafe. 

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Posted: 10/10/15 at 1:48am

I'm so happy Patti was finally in a Les Miz celebration! I feel like the theater world sometimes forgets about her being in the original cast. Good thing her schedule finally lined up (or whatever BS she claims always happened before).

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Posted: 10/10/15 at 8:03am

I've always thought they made the actress playing Fantine play one of the boys at the barricade because of that incident where Lupone turned off her intercom in her dressing room and she entered late for the last scene as Fantine's ghost ...

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Patti LuPone in LES MISERABLES#24
Posted: 10/10/15 at 6:37pm

Didn't Patti have some flap about the recording of Les Miserables?  Didn't she sit out a few performances because they weren't abiding by the contract or something?

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Posted: 10/10/15 at 6:44pm

Whoops.  Somebody already answered what I was going to say.

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