Yesterday, Broadway diva Patti LuPone was honored by The Drama League for, basically, being Patti LuPone. Fancy Broadway types, socialites (and the lovely SarahB, who volunteered at the event and blogged about it here) came together to honor the bawdy belter. New York magazine recently asked some of the attendees to share their favorite “meeting Patti LuPone” stories, and they’re, quite frankly, awesome. My favorite comes from from Laura Bananti, who co-starred in the 2008 revival of Gypsy with LuPone (they both won Tonys for their work):
“Well, the first time I ever went out with Patti we were rehearsing for City Center Encores in Gypsy, and she was like, ‘Let’s go out after the show and get a drink.’ And I’m like, ‘Okay!’ I think I was 27 or something like that. And so we go across the street — I hadn’t eaten all day because I had to play a stripper so I was trying to get really skinny — and she ordered two double vodka and sodas. Two of them. I was like, ‘Me too.’ And four hours later I was vomiting out the window of a cab. [Laughs.] My husband said that he came in the next morning and I was just lying on the bottom of the shower. And he said, ‘What happened to you?’ And I said, ‘Patti LuPone.’ [Laughs.]”
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Laura Benanti tells a beautiful Meeting LuPone story – almost as good as yours :). Guess we should’ve gotten plastered with her instead of buying her a drink…
Right? I suspect we’d at least be able to hold our liquor better. Because, unlike the starving Ms. Benanti, I’m not merely playing a stripper. I am one.