This is probably the dumbest thing I’ve ever posted, but I kind of feel like I need to put it out there. Running Fuck Yeah, Patti LuPone is not exactly difficult. Most of the pictures and songs are saved on my computer, and it’s very easy to check tumblr for things tagged “Patti LuPone.” (if you want your Patti stuff reblogged, make sure it’s tagged Patti LuPone! Otherwise, I can’t find it.)
However, one thing that does bug me is seeing things posted here reposted elsewhere without even a mention of where they came from. All that’s needed is a simple “I found it on the Fuck Yeah, Patti LuPone! tumblr” or “via Fuck Yeah, Patti LuPone.”
Thanks so much, and keep following us and loving Patti!
Archie asks: Who would you include in your ideal dinner party? Say six, not including yourself and family - I’d want round a table Bebe Neuwirth (for sass), Gore Vidal (for shameless indiscretions hopefully), Judi Dench (‘cos she’s a doll), Maggie Smith (a legend), Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler (a survivor par excellence) and of course you - not long ago we bought a piano so you’ll have to sing for your supper! Love, Archie
Patti answers: Dear Archie, First of all, I would have my dear friend Dr. James Sacksteder, Associate Director of Austin Riggs Center for his shock value. Then I would invite my dear friend Michael Glass, General Counsel for Fairleigh Dickinson University because he, like the doctor, knows just about everything there is to know. Then I would invite my dear friend Jeffrey Richman, TV writer, because he’s good for laughs. Of course, my beloved husband Matt because everybody loves him. Then I would invite landscape architect Gingy Parker because we are a toxic combination and Nancy Nichols, horticulturist, because she knows every lyric to every song ever written. Marc Shaiman because he would play the piano, Scott Wittman because he could teach all the young ones how Bette Davis said, “Eve!” Oh dear, I’ve invited all my friends. I know this would be a very funny and loud dinner party.
I remember reading an interview with Patti in which she discussed working on The Three Sisters with The Acting Company. In the play, Irina celebrates her name day and is given a top, and their director wanted her to spin the top and all the actors to pause and watch it spin. Being jaded acting students, they thought it was ridiculous. Patti had a birthday during the rehearsal period, and was given a top. She spun it, and everyone paused to watch.
I really wanted the actual story to post here. Does anyone know where I might’ve read it?
Amazing, wonderfully candid interview. I find some of it perplexing - Arthur Laurents and Patti are fighting again? Most of it isn’t surprising but is interesting to hear from what seems to be a legitimate source.
Great find! And I’d say Out Magazine is a VERY legitimate source.
I know Stephen Sondheim better through his music than I know him in life. His lyrics are deeply emotional, passionate and complex, and I think that reveals the man. Look at Passion: It’s just wrung out of the heart. He runs the gamut of all the emotions and invented a few himself.
When I was doing Madame Rose in Gypsy, one of the first challenges was the lyric, ‘Have an egg roll, Mr. Goldstone.’ There’s always a patter song like ‘Mr. Goldstone’ in his scores. For my first entrance in “Sweeney Todd” as Mrs. Lovett, I had to sing ‘The Worst Pies in London,’ another of those patter songs, and on that one, you’re singing lyrics that everyone knows. These are incredibly intricate melodies and complicated lyrics, and the first time I have to do one, my heart stops until the song is over.