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Patti LuPone: A Memoir by [Lupone, Patti]
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Carol Burnett Reviews Patti LuPone: A Memoir

Carol Burnett is an American actress, comedienne, singer, dancer, and writer. Read her review of Patti LuPone: A Memoir:

Patti's story had me from the moment I turned to page one of the prologue until the absolutely triumphant final chapter. The passion with which she writes about the theatre and her love of it found me, at various times, crying and laughing. I thoroughly enjoyed her backstage tales that were both victorious and horror-filled. The lady pulls no punches in describing her most humiliating moments, such as the backstabbing that unfortunately happens all too often in this business. She recreates her failures and even includes quotes from her worst reviews. She writes about her loves and losses without a tone of self-pity. The chapter about her struggles with bringing Evita to life gave me goose bumps. It was definitely not an easy journey. She persevered and that role made her a bona fide Broadway star. The chapter about the backstage goings on during the production of Sunset Boulevard are even more harrowing. The fact that she could take such slings and still remain standing is proof that this is a woman of great strength and grit...and talent. God gave her the gifts of being able to brilliantly bring characters to life onstage. She’s a wonderful actress...and, oh yes, she can sing like nobody’s business. This is a heartfelt memoir that exposes Patti’s innermost feelings, fervor, temper, and humor. There’s no "censorship." She tells it like it is, warts and all. And by the time I finished reading the last chapter, I found myself giving Patti a standing ovation in the privacy of my very own living room.

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Broadway legend LuPone, a five-time Tony nominee and two-time Tony winner, raises the curtain on her life and career in this engaging memoir. Detailing both her travails and her triumphs, she takes the reader on a guided tour recalling some memorable moments in musical theater. She began in her teens when she and her twin brothers performed on Long Island as the LuPone Trio. On a 1968 scholarship at John Houseman's Juilliard Drama Division, she was "overwhelmed with fear," but then toured with Houseman's Acting Company from 1972 to 1976. After her 1973 Broadway debut in Three Sisters came a parade of awards and acclaimed performances (Evita, Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd, Gypsy), solo concerts, films (Driving Miss Daisy), TV (Oz, 30 Rock), recordings, and her one-woman show, Patti LuPone on Broadway . LuPone is the ultimate backstage gossip, and she never pulls her punches: During the ill-fated Baker's Wife, she despised actor Chaim Topol ("an asshole") and had little enthusiasm for his replacement, Paul Sorvino ( ÿ'like having Howdy Doody at Auschwitz"). With razor-sharp memories and hundreds of colorful anecdotes, LuPone knows how to capture an audience. She makes an easy transition from stage to page, writing with wit, flamboyant energy, and a theatrical flair.
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  • File Size: 2333 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype (September 14, 2010)
  • Publication Date: September 14, 2010
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003EI2EG8
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By Janet Rowell on September 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The extravagantly talented Patti Lupone shows that she is as sparkling a memoirist (with Digby Diehl as collaborator) as she is an actress. If you love theater, acting, or Patti Lupone herself, you need to buy this book - and get it ON AUDIO. Lupone doesn't simply read the memoir, she PERFORMS it, and as in her best stage, TV and movie performances, she will move you to tears and laughter. She shares the good, the bad and the ugly from a career that started when she performed as a child with her brothers, and spans some of the high points of the Broadway and London stages. She also settles a few scores (Andrew Lloyd Webber, ahem) and provides insights into the art and craft of theater. A fascinating memoir from an American treasure, and a great audiobook experience.
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This book will take with her laugher ,with her tears of joy and pain to the Broadway productions.I was one of the lucky ones to get see her to perform,Evita the way she sang is very beautiful.I didn't know that show has bomb and deaths threats.she writes about visitations from Evita Peron herself the night before the opening three times during her run.she thought she was nuts,she couldn't talk about it for years,she was terrified.I believe her,I saw my husband and is true you felt paralyzed you tried to move and you can' husband told me he will let me know if there's life after death.Patti with her energy and her fantastic life you can't put this book down,wow, wow, ! Strong woman and very smart,read this book.Thelma.
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I listened to the audio book, read by Patti, which I think is the best way to go. She's a little distanced and seems to be concentrating on enunciation (always an effort for "Flannel Mouth"), but when she gets into a good story, she utterly lets go and it's like listening to her live.

This is very much a stage memoir. It's told show-to-show. You get the high points of her personal life (marriage, having a child), but 95% of it is about theatrical experiences and the people specifically involved. She's very honest. At times you feel like she might have glossed over some dirt (vague allusions to her being a "dirty girl" and such), but when she lets loose she doesn't spare tact. One of my favorite lines is to Andrew Lloyd Webber: "Go sh@t in your hat!" Topol, Paul Sorvino, Bill Smitrovich (her "husband" on Life Goes On) and others get some no-holds-barred choice words from Patti. Delightful dish!

On the other hand, she's kind of a whiner. If you put yourself in the place of an actor, and really think about it, a contract is really all you have to stand by. The industry is HEAVILY regulated by the unions, etc, and it's vital to honor contracts and hold with labor laws to a tee otherwise the whole experience just falls apart. However, even from her own mouth, she makes herself sound petulant and entitled...and spends a LOT of time discussing contract breaches. You just have to remember that this is her life, her profession. She really comes off as a diva, but when you think about it she kind of has to. I just hope other readers think it through and aren't put off by her.

Factual note...she complains that Barbra Streisand recorded "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" before her, and that it was released "for all to hear" before the Evita album.
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I've only seen two musicals that Patti has starred in. I consider myself knowledgeable about musicals but even then, I'm only just tapping the surface.

You should read this if you like musicals. Period. You may not have heard about a lot of her earlier work. I hadn't. You may not have known certain things about her career either, because you were just a casual fan.

Regardless, it is well worth reading. I loved getting a sneak peak inside the world of musical theatre and see the thought processes that went into her work.
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Patti LuPone has a tough act to follow. After appearing as the quintessential Evita, the tarnished Norma Desmond, the bitterly wonderful Mrs. Lovett, and the take-no-prisoner Mama Rose,it's a wonder that LuPone could even manage to come close to one of those iconic characters. Not only does she do it, she does it in spades, in her ultimately fascinating tell-all memoir.

I've been a fan of Ms. LuPone for many years now, entranced by the power of her voice, especially in the aforementioned roles. She dominates the stage with her presence and her pipes, and leaves no stone unturned, nor no note unhit, in any given performance. After reading her recounting of her life, author can be added to the mix. LuPone's book is a fun romp through her life, never dwelling too long on specific events (save her Evita and Norma Desmond stints). Even her bout with breast cancer is discussed and mentioned within the span of a few pages. LuPone is one to tell the details, but never dwell in them.

Because of this, the book is a quick read. Interestingly, the weakest part of the story occurs early in her career, as she talks about her start in show business and the ride through Julliard and several companies before landing some major roles. However, as soon as Peron comes into her life, the book strengthens, and then begins to hit home runs during her ill-fated Sunset Boulevard times. When she wraps up the book with her stories of the revival of Gypsy, my heart ached for two reasons One, I wanted more from writing from her, and second, I wanted to see her performance in Gypsy (I have to settle on You Tube snippets).

One thing I so appreciated was Lupone's honesty, both directed at herself as well as colleagues.
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