Oral History: Patti LuPone and Kathy Henderson

Enjoy these fabulous photographs from our most recent Oral History event!


Monday, June 3 at 6PM

At the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium at 65th and Amsterdam Avenue

Patti LuPone
When Patti LuPone starts to sing her voice rings out to the rafters. Only 5’2, when you see her in action you’d swear she was 6 feet tall. In 1972, Patti became one of the original members of The Acting Company, formed by John Houseman, performing in many of their productions and in 1973 made her Broadway debut as Irina in Ibsen’s Three Sisters.

She has been nominated for Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League and Olivier Awards for her outstanding performances in innumerable roles and in 1985 she received London’s Olivier Award for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s world premiere of Les Miserable and The Cradle Will Rock.

Although she has appeared in many musicals, since 1977 Patti has acted in several plays by David Mamet prompting the New York Times reviewer to write of her performance in The Old Neighborhood: “Those who know Ms LuPone only as a musical comedy star will be stunned by the naturalistic fire she delivers here.” Starring in the original Broadway production of Evita as Eva Peron in 1979, Patti was hailed by the critics and won her first Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She sang out as nightclub singer Reno Sweeney in Cole Porter’s Anything Goes at Lincoln Center Theater in1987 and in1993 returned to London to create the role of Norma Desmond in the original production of Sunset Boulevard. After acting in numerous other productions, in 2005 she returned to Broadway to star in a revival of Sweeney Todd in which she sang and played the tuba and the orchestra bells. And in 2008 she won her second Tony Award for her outstanding performance as Mama Rose in Gypsy. Patti has performed in numerous New York concert productions of musicals including Pal Joey, Annie Get Your Gun, Sweeney Todd in both New York and San Francisco, Anything Goes, Can-Can, Candide, Passion and Gypsy for City Center Encores!. Her performances in Sweeney Todd, and Candide were recorded and broadcast for PBSs Great Performances and were released on DVD. The concert staging of Passion was televised as part of Live from Lincoln Center.

Patti performs regularly in her solo show and has numerous film and televison credits.

She and cameraman Matthew Johnston, to whom she has been married since 1988, have one chid, Joshua Luke, and live in Connecticut and South Carolina.

Kathy Henderson
Kathy Henderson has covered New Yorktheater for three decades, first as a freelance writer for Playbill. She served as Editor-in-Chief of InTheater magazine and is currently Senior Editor of Broadway.com. A native of LaFayette, Alabama,Henderson graduated from Auburn University and earned a master’s degree in journalism from New York University. She is a member of the Drama Desk and a proud supporter of Our Time, a performing arts nonprofit serving children who stutter.



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2 Comments on “Oral History: Patti LuPone and Kathy Henderson”

  1. April 14, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

    Is this the place to RSVP?

  2. April 15, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    It’s no wonder … I recently caught her master class video on the tube… her clarity and
    understanding of how to tell the story is true, and her unselfish ability to share it is very rare … I look forward to attending on June 3.

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