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Patti LuPone by Patti LuPone - Excerpt

Patti LuPone by Patti LuPone - Excerpt

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“I have been incredibly fortunate over the course of my career to have been associated with some extraordinary dramatic and musical productions, and also some rather spectacular disasters. Looking back, I can find gifts and life lessons in every one.”

The legendary Patti LuPone is one of the theatre’s most beloved leading ladies. Now she lays it all bare, sharing the intimate story of her life both onstage and off--through the dizzying highs and darkest lows--with the humor and outspokenness that have become her trademarks.

With nearly 100 photographs, including an 8-page four-color insert, and illuminating details about the life of a working actor, from inspired costars and demanding directors to her distinct perspective on how she developed and honed her Tony Award–winning performances, Patti LuPone: A Memoir is as inspirational as it is entertaining. And though the title might say “a memoir,” this is ultimately a love letter to the theatre by a unique American artist.

Raised on Long Island’s North Shore, Patti discovered her calling at the age of four and knew that she was destined for the stage. A prodigiously gifted child, she was one of only 36 young actors chosen for the inaugural class of The Juilliard School’s Drama Division, where she fought near-constant criticism from her instructors, and here describes those early years with disarming frankness.

From the heady days of her early twenties—crisscrossing the country as a founding member of the classical repertory theatre ensemble, The Acting Company--to her early success on Broadway, her four-year stint as Libby Thacher on the television series Life Goes On, her loving marriage to Matt Johnston, and much, much more, Patti chronicles her professional and personal life with inimitable candor and wit.

With its insightful retrospective of her career-defining turns, both on Broadway and abroad, in Evita, Les Misérables, Anything Goes, Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd, and Gypsy, Patti LuPone: A Memoir reveals the artist’s deeply felt passion for music and the theatre and is, in the end, the compelling and quintessential tale of an exceptional life well lived.

To read more about Patti LuPone please visit Crown Publishing Group at www.crownpublishing.com.
“I have been incredibly fortunate over the course of my career to have been associated with some extraordinary dramatic and musical productions, and also some rather spectacular disasters. Looking back, I can find gifts and life lessons in every one.”

The legendary Patti LuPone is one of the theatre’s most beloved leading ladies. Now she lays it all bare, sharing the intimate story of her life both onstage and off--through the dizzying highs and darkest lows--with the humor and outspokenness that have become her trademarks.

With nearly 100 photographs, including an 8-page four-color insert, and illuminating details about the life of a working actor, from inspired costars and demanding directors to her distinct perspective on how she developed and honed her Tony Award–winning performances, Patti LuPone: A Memoir is as inspirational as it is entertaining. And though the title might say “a memoir,” this is ultimately a love letter to the theatre by a unique American artist.

Raised on Long Island’s North Shore, Patti discovered her calling at the age of four and knew that she was destined for the stage. A prodigiously gifted child, she was one of only 36 young actors chosen for the inaugural class of The Juilliard School’s Drama Division, where she fought near-constant criticism from her instructors, and here describes those early years with disarming frankness.

From the heady days of her early twenties—crisscrossing the country as a founding member of the classical repertory theatre ensemble, The Acting Company--to her early success on Broadway, her four-year stint as Libby Thacher on the television series Life Goes On, her loving marriage to Matt Johnston, and much, much more, Patti chronicles her professional and personal life with inimitable candor and wit.

With its insightful retrospective of her career-defining turns, both on Broadway and abroad, in Evita, Les Misérables, Anything Goes, Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd, and Gypsy, Patti LuPone: A Memoir reveals the artist’s deeply felt passion for music and the theatre and is, in the end, the compelling and quintessential tale of an exceptional life well lived.

To read more about Patti LuPone please visit Crown Publishing Group at www.crownpublishing.com.

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katieanyc reviewed this
Rated 3/5
The co-writer could have done more to enliven the prose with Patti's inherent charisma, but this is a great memoir of some of the biggest theatrical milestones of the last 30 years. Patti isn't afraid to tell it like it is, so those looking for Broadway gossip won't be disappointed.
stouthearted_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
In Patti LuPone's long show biz career, she's built up quite a reputation for being no-nonsense and -- dare I say it? -- bitchy. This book, her account of her rise to fame up to her last performance in Gypsy, certainly brings on the bitchiness. But in every account, she's earned the right to be. And even when she's in the wrong, she makes no bones about revealing her mistakes or breakdowns. Besides being an account of one star's life, it's a great look into the inner workings of show business and the struggle to make it while not get screwed over.Patt's humor electrifies the tone like a chat with a good pal. And, unlike the last show biz memoir I just read by Kristen Chenoweth, it's not afraid to call out by name those who made her ascent to stardom hell. We read how she was used and abused by Andrew Lloyd Webber and his Really Useful production company (or, "Really Useless" as she called it.) There was the actor who played her husband on the TV series "Life Goes On" who was so insufferable that even the sweet Kelly Martin told him off. Or the much-revered Topol, who turned his role in "The Baker's Wife" into a joke and behaved with blatent unprofessionalism. But Patti also gives credit where credit is due and lavishes praise on the deserving as well. And she doesn't let her own foibles escape notice, such as when she missed her curtain call after playing Fantine in "Les Miserables" because she forgot to come back on stage after her death scene!There are a lot of names packed into this memoir, which will delight Broadway afficionadoes, but may be tedious to others. But, then again, if you don't already adore Patti and show biz, why are you considering reading this book? In short, fans of Ms. LuPone will not be disappointed.
silversurfer_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
This is such a wonderful book. Reading it is like sitting down with an old friend and having a chat. A chat filled with honesty, truimphs and huge disappointments. Ms LuPone chronicles her rise to stardom from a young girl's dream of performing on broadway, to her landing the much sought after role of EVITA to her Closing night in GYPSY. It's all here, her vocal struggles, learning to train her voice to sing a demanding role such as EVITA 8 times a week, her friendships and backstage stories,heer batlle with breast cancer and what really happenned behind her being fired from SUNSET BOULEVARD. She writes with honesty and emotion and give her all here, much lilke how she performs on stage. Full Throttle, no stopping and pulling no punches. She has truly earned the title of Broadway Legend.
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