EXCLUSIVE: Two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone, who jokes in her popular cabaret act about the “Andrew Lloyd Webber Memorial Swimming Pool” she had built at her Connecticut home from the proceeds of a reputed $1 million payout from the composer, has inked with Paradigm. She has put a personal stamp on roles as varied as Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Mama Rose in Gypsy, the title role in Evita and Norma Desmond in Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard. It was that last part that earned her the settlement when, after creating the role in the musical’s 1993 London debut and being under contract to repeat on Broadway, Lloyd Webber changed course and replaced her with Glenn Close for the New York premiere after opening the show in Los Angeles.
A Juilliard-trained actress of admirable range, LuPone also has appeared in new plays by David Mamet and has had significant roles in film and television, guest starring on HBO’s Girls the FX drama American Horror Story. Additional TV credits include 30 Rock, Army Wives, Ugly Betty, Will & Grace, and Oz.
She’s won Grammy Awards for Best Classical Album and Best Opera Recording for The Rise And Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny, and is the author of Patti LuPone: A Memoir. LuPone has been a regular performer at 54 Below, a popular Theater District cabaret, where she recently signed a multiyear agreement to appear twice annually in two-week engagements.