Patti Lupone and Andrew Lloyd Webber have ended one of Broadway’s longest running and most enjoyed feuds.
Eyebrows were raised when it was announced Lupone would perform in a tribute to Lloyd Webber and Leonard Bernstein at this years Grammy Awards.
Having agreed to perform “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina” the necessary re-scoring for the televised awards ceremony required the dueling divas to work together.
Meeting Lloyd Webber in New York for rehearsal, Lupone picked up the microphone and announced to the room full of people (who had nervously been wondering how it would play out) “This is détente, ladies and gentlemen” followed by a hug with the celebrated composer.
The two famously fell out over his decision to fire her from the Broadway production of Sunset Boulevard 24 years prior and replace her with Glenn Close, who subsequently won the Tony Award.
Lupone sued and walked away with a million dollars which she used to install a luxurious swimming pool in her Connecticut home.
In 1996 she told The New York Times “On blissfully sunny days in the woods, we toast Andrew Lloyd Webber by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Memorial Pool.”
Lupone’s performance at the Grammy’s has been widely acclaimed and become a hit on youtube.
The two-time Grammy and two-time Tony award winner will soon cross the Atlantic to star in Marion Elliot’s West End production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company.
Company runs from 26 September 2018 until 29 December2018 at the Gielgud Theatre.