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Glenn Close, Patty Lupone to Headline Virtual ‘Angels in America’ Performance Benefit With A Twist

Glenn Close, Patty Lupone to Headline Virtual ‘Angels in America’ Performance Benefit With A Twist

On October 8th. Glenn Close, Laura Linney, Patti LuPone, S. Epatha Merkerson and Jeremy O. Harris will present a free hourlong virtual benefit performance of seven scenes from ” Tony Kushner’s award winning “Angels in America,” the 1993 play about the AIDS.

Though the 15 actors filmed themselves in separate locations, in a feat of technical wizardry, their likenesses have been collaged together to make it look as though they are in the same room. “It lives between a theater piece and a film,” the performance’s director, Ellie Heyman, said. “I’ve never worked on anything like it.”

The twist is that the casting departs from tradition as Close will transform herself into Roy Cohn, the evil closeted gay lawyer. The drug-addicted housewife Harper Pitt is typically played by a woman in her early 30s, but in this production, the 89-year-old actress Lois Smith tackles the role. And Brian Tyree Henry, a Black man, is one of three performers stepping into a part usually filled by a white actor: Prior Walter, a 30-year-old gay man who contracts AIDS. (The other two will be Paul Dano and Andrew Rannells.)

The virtual performance will benefit the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) Fund to Fight Covid-19 and will be streamed live at 8:30 p.m. October. 8th. on the Broadway.com YouTube channel.

Patti LuPone Puts Anti-Masker Karen Audience Member In Her Place "Get the fuck out!"

BRAVA DIVA! – Patti LuPone Brings Down The House at the Grammy Awards [VIDEO]

Patti LuPone brought the house down Sunday night at the Grammys with her performance of “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Evita.”

The diva originated the namesake role when Lloyd Webber’s musical debuted on Broadway in 1979.

It’s no small achievement that the Grammys scored LuPone for its Lloyd Webber tribute. Earlier this week the actress and composer ended a feud that spanned more than two decades.

24 years ago Lloyd Webber fired LuPone from the lead role of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, which she had originated in London, and replaced her with Glenn Close, who won a Tony for that Broadway performance in 1995. Thus began a two-decade-plus feud between LuPone and Webber,

But when LuPone agreed to perform at the Grammys, as part of a tribute to both Lloyd Webber and Leonard Bernstein, it indicated a possible end to the cold war. Thursday, LuPone, according to the New York Post,reportedly picked up the microphone and announced the détente, which resulted in a whole room of witnesses (who had been waiting anxiously to see what would happen) bursting into laughter. Lloyd Webber and LuPone embraced, and the rehearsal kicked off.

Watch Patty’s electrifying performance at the 60th. Grammy Awards below:

 

 

Source: The Los Angeles Times:

21 Years Later Patti Lupone Finally Says What She Thought Of Madonna’s EVITA: “It was a piece of shit.”

Now 21 years after the movie was version of EVITA was released Patti LuPone, who played Evita in the original Broadway production in 1979 and won a Tony for it, sat down with Andy “Can you believe he’s a top?” Cohen on Watch What Happens Live! on Tuesday night the grand diva let loose on Madonna’s Evita and her acting skills in general.

Said LuPone: “I was on the treadmill when MTV used to have videos, and I saw, I believe it was  “Buenos Aires”, and I thought it was a piece of sh-t.”

She went on: “Madonna is a movie killer. She’s dead behind the eyes. She cannot act her way out of a paper bag. She should not be on film or on stage. She is a wonderful performer for what she does but she is not an actress. Bang.”

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