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Lupone Live! (Highlights)

Patti LuPone

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A full-fledged Broadway musical star in an age when that kind of stardom does not transfer automatically to any other area of entertainment, Patti LuPone, whose stage credits included Evita, Les Miserables, and Anything Goes, was coming out of four non-singing years on the TV drama Life Goes On when she performed the series of live performances excerpted here at the Westwood Playhouse in Los Angeles in January 1993. (At the top of the show, she announced that she was leaving for London to perform in Sunset Boulevard, an experience that would prove both a career debacle and a financial windfall when Andrew Lloyd Webber broke her contract to open the show on Broadway, opting for the bigger name Glenn Close.) Naturally, the anchors of the act were the songs with which she was associated through her stage triumphs: "I Get a Kick Out of You," "Anything Goes," "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," and "I Dreamed a Dream." But her dramatic skills and clarion voice proved well suited to a wide range of other theater material, especially songs written by Kurt Weill, such as a medley of "My Ship" from Lady in the Dark and "Surabaya Johnny" from Happy End, and the encore, "Lost in the Stars." She also handled well period pop, such as the Billy Strayhorn standard "Lush Life" and the Louis Jordan classic "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens," though the choices of contemporary pop, while well sung, were less impressive. This was as much an act as a concert, with written patter that made it suitable for nightclubs, even if it was unnecessary on disc. Nevertheless, the album made an excellent introduction to a major performer who remained a kind of an international secret. This highlights album (abbreviating the show from two discs to one) preserved the better-known songs from the set, and though one missed such made-to-order material as the comic "And His Rocking Horse Rode Away" (which demonstrated that Betty Hutton was another of LuPone's spiritual ancestors, along with Ethel Merman) and Weill's "I'm a Stranger Here Myself" (which showed she had a little of Mary Martin in her, too), it was ideal for a first-time listener who might then seek out the cast albums on which LuPone shines.

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Patti LuPone Live

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Born: April 21, 1949 in Northport, NY

Genre: Vocal

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

In 1980, Patti LuPone won her first Tony Award for best actress in a musical for her portrayal of Eva Peron, the ambitious, doomed wife of Argentine dictator Juan Peron, in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Evita. In 2008, LuPone won her second Tony as Mama Rose, the maniacal stage mother of Gypsy Rose Lee, in a revival of Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim's Gypsy. In between, she maintained a career as one of the most successful musical theater stars of her generation. Unlike predecessors such as...
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