I’m in love with this Out.com interview with LuPone by Mickey Rapkin. It’s ripe with gems:
For a second LuPone is quiet. “It’s show business,” she says. “Sometimes it fucking sucks.”
“I’m Sicilian. It’s not water off a duck’s back. It sits there and it festers. For years.”
And so she briefly explains that she and [former Gypsy] director Arthur Laurents are now on the outs. “I did a TV pilot and Arthur got mad at me,” she says. “He’s a terrific man. I just want him to be happy.
Stephen Sondheim wanted her to play the witch in the original Broadway production of Into the Woods, until negotiations broke down. “Then Bernadette [Peters] got billing and everything else I wanted,” LuPone says, shrugging.
I ask her to tell me more about New York in 1980, when she was doing her famous cabaret act at midnight every Saturday at a Chelsea nightclub called Les Mouches (now a Medicaid office!). “Andy Warhol came,” she says. “John McEnroe. Stephen Sondheim. Tanya Tucker showed up one night. I went, ‘Tanya Tucker? What the fuck is this?’”