Patti LuPone most recently starred as Joanne in Stephen Sondheim’s Company in London’s West End, earning a WhatsOnStage Award and an Olivier Award nomination. Her recent stage appearances include the Broadway musical War Paint, Douglas Carter Beane’s Shows For Days at Lincoln Center, her debut with New York City Ballet as Anna in The Seven Deadly Sins, David Mamet’s The Anarchist, and Lincoln Center Theater’s production of the musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.
For her performance as Madame Rose in the most recent Broadway production of Gypsy, she won Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Actress in a Musical and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Performance of the Season. Her other stage credits include her Los Angeles Opera debut in Weill and Brecht’s Mahagonny, the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s opera To Hell and Back with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and Mrs. Lovett in John Doyle’s production of Sweeney Todd (Drama League Award for Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre). She appeared in the title role in Marc Blitzstein’s Regina, a musical version of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes at the Kennedy Center; Fosca in a concert version of Passion, which was also broadcast on PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center; Candide and Sweeney Todd with the New York Philharmonic; and in her own concerts Matters of the Heart and Patti LuPone on Broadway. Since 2000 she has appeared regularly at the Ravinia Festival.
A graduate of the first class of the Drama Division of New York’s Juilliard School Ms. LuPone was a founding member of John Houseman's The Acting Company. She received Tony and Drama Desk awards for Best Actress in a Musical in the title role of Evita, and in London, she won Olivier awards for her performances as Fantine in the original production of Les Misérables and in the Acting Company production of The Cradle Will Rock. She also created the role of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard. She made her San Francisco Symphony debut in 1996.
Ms. LuPone’s film credits include Cliffs of Freedom, The Comedian, Union Square, Parker, City by the Sea, Heist, State and Main, Summer of Sam, Driving Miss Daisy, and Witness. On television, she has been seen on Mom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Penny Dreadful, Girls, American Horror Story: Coven, Glee, 30 Rock, Ugly Betty, Will & Grace, Oz, Law & Order, Frasier, Life Goes On, and the TNT film Monday Night Mayhem. She is also the author of the New York Times bestseller, Patti LuPone: A Memoir.