Patti Returns to Evita

A bit of musical theatre history was made last week at the Grammys.  Shortly before we went to press, Patti LuPone participated in a tribute to her nemesis, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.  The twosome fell out 25 years ago after LuPone was unceremoniously dumped from the Broadway production of Sunset Boulevard – despite having a contract.  She sued, she won, she never let it go.  So, how did this reunion happen?  The folks at the Grammys came up with the idea and ran it by Sir Andy.  His response?  “I said that if Patti felt she was prepared to do it, I’d be delighted, and she was, and so there we are.”  As Patti said walking into the rehearsal, “This is a détente.”  Afterwards, Webber said, “The thing I have to admit I was unprepared for is that Patti’s voice is in incredible shape.  I think she’s singing better than when I first knew her.  I have to say, Evita is a long time ago now, and none of us are as young as we were, and her voice is like she’s 35.  It’s amazing.”  Since the Grammys, Patti has remained mum on the subject.  But I suspect she’ll have plenty to say on the subject during her two shows at The Wallis in Beverly Hills with Seth Rudetsky on February 14th.  Tickets are still available at

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