Patti Lupone (with Boyd Gaines and Laura Benanti) as Momma Rose in the Broadway musical “Gypsy.” Photo from the April 2008 issue of Vanity Fair. In service to her character, Ms. Lupone has put on the pounds, and is not afraid to show it. She looks dowdy in this picture, a bulldog in clogs (what would Evita say?). But the jump page of the article has another, more glamorous photo of her (below), paired with a vintage pic of the real-life Gypsy Rose Lee meeting Broadway's first Momma Rose, Ethel Merman.
What's a bit of avoirdupois, though, when the tradeoff is another peak in a career already full of them?
“Watch out, New York. Patti LuPone has found her focus. And when Ms. LuPone is truly focused, she’s a laser, she incinerates. Especially when she’s playing someone as dangerously obsessed as Momma Rose in the wallop-packing revival of the musical 'Gypsy,' which opened on Thursday night at the St. James Theater.”
-- “Curtain Up! It’s Patti’s Turn at ‘Gypsy’”
[Photos 1-2: Julian Dufort/Vanity Fair; Photo 3: Sara Krulwich/NYTimes]