Patti LuPone interview with ChicagoPride.com
Wed. February 17, 2010 by Windy City Times
WCT: (Windy City Times) Hi, Patti. What an honor to speak with a Broadway legend such as yourself.
PL: (Patti LuPone) [Laughs] Oh my pleasure.
WCT: Tell our readers about what you are singing in your show with Mandy Patinkin.
PL: There is a lot of Sondheim, Hammerstein and there are two scenes that bookend the show. The first one is from South Pacific and the last one is Carousel. Mandy and I tell a story between the two scenes. I love being on stage with him. I looove it!
WCT: You have been doing a show with him on and off for about four years, correct?
PL: Yes. Somebody was very smart, a booker in Texas called my agent and said, “I have Mandy. How about Patti?” They put it together. It has been a long time.
WCT: You have a great chemistry together.
WCT: You originally played in Evita with him playing Che back in the day.
PL: Yes, a very long relationship—30 years, oh my God.
WCT: I have heard you actually have done more plays than musicals.
PL: Yes, that is true.
WCT: My gay neighbor has playbills of you all over his house!
PL: Oh, God bless him.
WCT: Did you always want to be an actress and singer?
PL: I was “born to the boards,” as they put it.
WCT: Is there a part you have always wanted to play but haven’t?
PL: There’s a ton of them. I wanted to play Adele in Guys and Dolls, Ado Annie in Oklahoma, Desiree in a Little Night Music, which I did play in Chicago. It was at the Ravinia Festival but that was only two performances. I wanted to play it longer. What else? Ruth in a Wonderful Town, there are a lot of roles that kind of went their way but what can you do?
WCT: You have done an incredible amount. You have even done opera now.
PL: Yes, what about that? How shocking is that? It was a big challenge. It was with the Baroque Philharmonia Orchestra of San Francisco. That was interesting because they all played Baroque instruments. I don’t know how different it sounds but the instruments looked pretty wild. That sort of led to Mahagonny for the L.A. opera. I am a two-fisted Grammy winner and the irony does not escape me. I won for opera and classical music. I was nominated for Gypsy and lost! I won the same year for classical opera.
WCT: How did that happen?
PL: Like I said, the irony is not lost on me.
WCT: Well, you tried something different and it paid off.
PL: Who knows?
WCT: Where does your expression, “dolls,” come from?
PL: That is a New York thing. I have been saying it all my life. I have had neighbors that said it a lot. My next-door neighbors were actually from Canada and were imitating New Yorkers and say “doll face.”
WCT: You are going to publish a book this year.
PL: I am. It is about my life in the theater.
WCT: I just watched your Will & Grace episode again and you were on Life Goes On. Would you want to be on television again?
PL: Oh yes, absolutely. I will never ever give up the stage but I would do television again, if it was a good show.
WCT: We are looking forward to seeing your live show here in the Windy City.
PL: Thank you very much. I am very looking forward to being in Chicago, even in the dead of winter. I can’t wait. I love being in Chicago!
“An Evening with Patti Lupone and Mandy Patinkin” will be at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph, for six performances March 2-7. Visit BroadwayInChicago.com for more information.
Interview by Jerry Nunn
Interviewed by Windy City Times
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