PATTI LUPONE most recently garnered unanimous critical praise for her performance as La Mome Pistache in the City Center Encores! production of Cole Porter's musical Can-Can at New York's City Center, opened her new concert The Lady With The Torch in sold out engagements in Los Angeles, San Francisco and in New York at Feinstein's At The Regency and returned to the New York Philharmonic to co-star with Kristen Chenoweth in the Philharmonic's concert production of Leonard Bernstein's Candide. In August, for the fourth consecutive year, she appeared in the Ravinia Festival's celebration of the musicals of Stephen Sondheim, this time in Sunday in the Park With George opposite Audra McDonald and Michael Cerveris. In February 2005 she will sing the title role in Marc Blitzstein's musical Regina, the composer's musical adaptation of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes, at Washington DC's Kennedy Center.
In addition to The Lady With The Torch, Patti LuPone also performs two other concert evenings. She has toured Matters of the Heart throughout the United States and internationally, including runs at Australia's Sydney Festival, London's Donmar Warehouse Theatre and New York's Lincoln Center Theater. Her CD recording, based on this concert, was named one of 1999's best recordings by both The Times of London and Time Out New York. She made a triumphant solo concert debut at New York's Carnegie Hall in Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda, resulting in a sold-out encore performance at Carnegie Hall, and performs the concert with major symphony orchestras around the country.
Patti LuPone's most recent New York stage appearances include critically acclaimed performances in the smash hit Broadway revival of Michael Frayn's Noises Off, as Mrs. Lovett in the concert version of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd (which she subsequently performed at the Ravinia Festival and with the San Francisco Symphony, where it was filmed for its Emmy Award winning Great Performances telecast on PBS), in David Mamet's The Old Neighborhood, Terrence McNally's Tony Award-winning play Master Class and in her own concert Patti LuPone On Broadway, for which she won an Outer Critics Circle Award. During the past three summers in the Ravinia Festival's critically acclaimed Sondheim series, she has starred, in addition to Sweeney Todd, as Desiree in A Little Night Music and Fosca in Passion.
After completing her training with the first class of the Drama Division of New York's Juilliard School, she began her career as a founding member of John Houseman's The Acting Company playing a variety of leading roles, both on and off-Broadway and on tour throughout the United States. Her subsequent New York dramatic credits include Dario Fo's Accidental Death of An Anarchist; David Mamet's The Water Engine, Edmond and The Woods; and Israel Horovitz' Stage Directions. Miss LuPone's memorable performances on the New York musical stage include Vera Simpson in the City Center Encores! production of Pal Joey, Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes (1988 Drama Desk Award, Tony nomination, Best Actress in a Musical), The Cradle Will Rock, Nancy in Oliver!, Evita (1980 Tony and Drama Desk Awards- Best Actress in a Musical), Working and Rosamund in The Robber Bridegroom (1976 Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations, Best Featured Actress in a Musical).
In London, she created the role of Fantine in the RSC production of Les Miserables, a role she subsequently played on the West End. For that performance, as well as the reprise of her performance in the London production of The Cradle Will Rock, she won an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Miss LuPone created the role of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard (1994 Olivier nomination, Best Actress in A Musical), and recreated her Broadway performance of Maria Callas in the West End production of Master Class.
Film: City By The Sea, David Mamet's Heist & State and Main; Just Looking, Summer of Sam, The 24 Hour Woman, Family Prayers, Driving Miss Daisy, Witness.
TV: Oz, the TNT film Monday Night Mayhem, PBS' Evening At The Pops with John Williams and Yo Yo Ma, Falcone, Bonanno: A Godfather's Story (Showtime); Frasier (1998 Emmy nomination); Law & Order, An Evening with Patti LuPone (PBS), the NBC movie Her Last Chance, Showtime's ACE Award and Emmy nominated The Song Spinner (Daytime Emmy nomination, Best Actress), The Water Engine, L.B.J. , AMC's Remember WENN and ABC's Life Goes On.
Recordings include: Sweeney Todd (live performance recording on NY Philharmonic's Special Editions Label); Pal Joey (DRG); Heatwave with John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (Phillips Classics); Sunset Boulevard (Polygram); Patti LuPone Live (RCA Victor). You can visit Miss LuPone on the worldwide web at .