"Ladies and gentlemen, Patti LuPone is not feeling well today."

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"And how many people in the audience came to specifically see you in the show?"

No one, lol.
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"Ladies and gentlemen, Patti LuPone has a hang nail, but she's going to perform today."

"Ladies and gentlemen, Patti LuPone has a touch of gas, but she's going to perform today."

"Ladies and gentlemen, Patti LuPone's corns are bothering her, but she's going to perform today."

"Ladies and gentlemen, the rest of the company is sick, but Patti LuPone is going to perform today."

"Ladies and gentlemen, the rest of the company and all the musicians are sick, but Patti LuPone is going to perform today."

"Ladies and gentlemen, there is no heat in the theatre, but Patti LuPone is going to perform today."

"Ladies and gentlemen, Patti LuPone did not win the Tony, so she IS NOT going to perform today!"
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And why does everyone assume that Patti decided she needed an announcement? How do you know it wasn't the producers?


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Updated On: 4/7/08 at 06:25 AM
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Amen, ahmelie.
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Obviously, you can't please everyone. Whether it was Patti or the producers who decided on the announcement, I wouldn't have minded. I'm sure Miss Patti wanted to make sure the audience knew beforehand that she was not at her best, because of her indisposition. She is well aware that people expect a lot out of her performance. When it comes to matters of health, Miss LuPone is a mere mortal, just like the rest of us. She could've requested that her understudy/standby go on, but she didn't. Brava!! Someone in this board made a comment about not making an announcement about being sick. Then, again, that poster is NOT the great Patti LuPone. hello... goodbye... from RC in Austin, Texas
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I’ve also heard that Benanti was under the weather and she didn’t get an announcement... but really that is neither here nor there. If it’s true that she isn’t feeling well I’m even more impressed that she went on. I mean OF COURSE Patti’s going to go on. This is HER show it would take a silver bullet to keep her off the stage, but Benanti despite her reviews is really second fiddle in this show and I would think she would be more inclined to call out. Of course it is possible that she is trying to combat her reputation for absences, and therefore is leery of missing shows.
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You go, girl re: 'Ladies and gentlemen, Patti LuPone is not feeling well today.'

Love her.
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I was at the matinee and frankly, I wish they didn't make the announcement because I spent a good amount of the show thinking "I wonder if this would be better if she weren't sick". It just started the show out on the wrong foot for me. But she still sounded fine and still gave it everything she could and I'm glad she still performed, I just wish they hadn't announced anything.

On a related note, I actually liked Bernadette Peters more.
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Well, looks like Bernadette isn't the only one coughing now......let's hope the NEXT revival of Gypsy we can all talk to no end about Patti hacking her way through Some People......


I Love You Bernadette!! :))

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Berrnadette was miscast and therefore sucked. Patti sick is still 100 times better.
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.."Miss LuPone is a mere mortal, just like the rest of us"

^ does this belong in unpopular opinions you hold? :P

Patti is like Marmite

re: 'Ladies and gentlemen, Patti LuPone is not feeling well today.'
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Oh please!! Bernadette's coughs were the most pleasing sounds she made in GYPSY.

Anyway, EVERYONE IS SICK RIGHT NOW. Let's just wait and see if this blows over.

And don't even try to talk to me about Benanti not having an announcement. The virtuoso part is Rose and we all know it.
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"Berrnadette was miscast and therefore sucked."

That is an opinion.
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"Berrnadette was miscast and therefore sucked. Patti sick is still 100 times better."

Oh, puhleeze. Bernadette did a fantastic job as Rose... plus, you could understand every word she sang, unlike Patti.

It's truly a shame that people can't discuss Patti's performance without trashing Bernadette's.
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I couldn't understand a word Bernadette was saying between clearing her throat and all the coughing. And her mannerisms were so annoying. Let me also remind you that Bernadette's production was a flop. It is the only big production of Gypsy to have been a flop. Ethel, Angela, and Tyne.. all big hits. And from the looks of it.. so is Lupones. Bernadette's.. a flop.
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"It's truly a shame that people can't discuss Patti's performance without trashing Bernadette's."

ARE YOU SERIOUS?! Because every time I read a "Gypsy" thread, I have to scroll through various comments about how much better Bernadette was. I think it's "truly a shame that people can't discuss Patti's performance without trashing" Patti's for Bernadette's.
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Seeing Bernadette in GYPSY remains one of the most thrilling theatrical experiences of my life. I haven't seen Patti yet, but I can't wait to see her this summer.
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Stick.. glad you enjoyed it. I would have loved to enjoy it.

Also.. since no one gave me my ticket for free I have every right to trash something I didn't enjoy.
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I was at the performance, and I'm glad they said something in retrospect, though at the time the announcement was made, I thought it was jarring. It truly was hilarious to hear the collective gasp and murmuring in the audience, and the sigh of relief when it was clear she would still be going on. I thought she did a terrific job.

I think it's funny to see the back and forth on here between the lovers and the haters. Didn't PL herself refer to the fact that people either love her or hate her during her guest starring appearance on an episode of Will and Grace?
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"Seeing Bernadette in GYPSY remains one of the most thrilling theatrical experiences of my life."

Agreed. I very much enjoyed her performance as Rose.

As for loving or hating Patti I don't do either. I don't love her. I don't hate her.
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"It's not the best idea for Patti to miss a show of PATTI LUPONE GYPSY, especially at this point in the game, when the Tony voters are out and about."

Probably one of the reasons to announce it. Another reason is to prepare the audience for her replacement should it become necessary. This production doesn't come off as Gypsy...it is coming off as "The Patti LuPone Show."
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Can we agree it's hysterical that this production, open a week(?) can be definitively declared a success while Legally Blond, a year on is still not sure if it's going to make money?
No good can possibly come from using this vast wasteland of error and deliberate deceit. You should get off of it and warn others away. You should make sure your children and grandchildren know what a corrupt and morally bankrupt institution it truly is.
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This production doesn't come off as Gypsy...it is coming off as "The Patti LuPone Show.

Yeah, like Ethel Merman, consummate Method actress that she was, shed all vestiges of her own outsize persona and subsumed herself to the character of Rose.

Or like Bernadette shed her aging-kewpie-doll schtick and played Rose Hovick and not Bernadette Peters.

Grow up, people. Star parts are cast with stars. Patti is no more playing Patti than Ethel was playing Ethel or Bernadette was playing Bernadette.
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Unless you are going to offer patrons refunds because the star is performing while ill, what is the point of making such an announcement other than to put the audience on edge, massage the ego of the star, and call attention to yourself so you can, what, earn brownie points.

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