Sunday, March 30, 2008

Hot and heavy Momma


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]

7 comments:

Senor Enrique said...

Wow! She definitely has put on some pounds. But onetheless, she remains to be a major Broadway draw!

rey said...

wow! true blue goddess of theatre no metter wat size she is in...

nwe, gibbbs, do you happen to know any productions or auditions coming or to be held in cebu?

there's been a theatre lull here and even major groups, i think, do not have upcoming productions.

love to know if you can shed some light on this.

ciao!

Jen said...

Hey Gibbs, how did you know these things? Ang galing mo talaga. Just want to appreciate your talent in this!

beektur said...

nawala ang comment ko dati so here it goes: i have always wanted to see this role played by barbra streisand: pushy, maneuvering, sly, charming. sounds like no need for a rehearsal. but i doubt if she will sacrifice her persona for her craft.

gibbs cadiz said...

amen, SENOR ENRIQUE. :)

REY, lemme ask around ha, i'd also wanna know so i can let more people know here. pero pag summer talaga, on hibernation ang theater groups, rejuvenating themselves via workshops, etc. :)

JEN, salamat! basa basa lang. :)

BEEKTUR, naman! barang would be perfect for the role. and you'd have to bring me there so we can watch it togethah--like buttah! :)

Anonymous said...

malamang self-indulgent na naman ang performance niya at kinakain ang words. hindi maintindihan. Para siyang mafioso kumanta.

rey said...

thanks gibbs...

would love to attend a woekshop, if not for my OR duty...

hope i could split myself in two...

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