Theatre’s might have gone dark but actors and actresses the world over are taking to social media to spread some much needed cheer. So, in these uncertain times we decided to shine a spotlight on our favourites.
First up is Patti LuPone direct from…. her basement. Yes, that’s right, the two-time Grammy, Tony and three-time Olivier Award winner takes you on a guided tour of her basement.
It sounds weird, but LuPone appeared on Rosie O’Donnell’s live streamed YouTube special for the Actors Fund this Sunday and the world cried out for more.
LuPone, ever the obliging thespian did the full 360 degrees on what we can only say is a huge basement packed with showbiz memorabilia. Unfortunately, there’s no shop – here’s looking at you Barbara Streisand – #BuyerAndCellar take note.
I heard somebody wanted to see more of my basement. 😘 pic.twitter.com/fBea7emR6h— Patti LuPone (@PattiLuPone) March 23, 2020
For those needing a refresher, Ms LuPone is currently, or should be, playing ‘Joanne’ in the Broadway transfer of Marianne Elliot’s new staging of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical comedy Company. The production was a huge hit at the Gielgud Theatre in London last year with LuPone winning her third Olivier Award for her performance.
Lupone is an icon on Broadway, her many career highlights include originating the roles of – Eva Perón in Evita (Broadway); Fantine in Les Misérables (London); Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard (London); Moll in The Cradle Will Rock (London) and Helena Rubenstein in War Paint (Broadway). Other notable roles include Mama Rose in Gypsy, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd and Dotty Ottley in Noises Off.
Anyone watching Season 2 of Ryan Murphy’s television series Pose can’t miss her fabulous guest appearance as a hard as nails New York City real estate mogul, and yes she gets to sing ‘I’m Still Here’.
Of course, we couldn’t mention LuPone without covering her longstanding feud with Andrew Lloyd Webber. The musical maestro had contracted her to star in Sunset Boulevard on Broadway, but famously ditched her for Glenn Close. LuPone sued, winning $1million dollars and ensuing a two-decade feud which only thawed at the 2019 Grammy Awards. The actress famously spent the money on a new pool – which she christened the Andrew Lloyd Webber memorial pool. Maybe next time we could take a look at that next time!