"Treasures of New York: Lincoln Center with Patti LuPone" brings the Broadway veteran back to her academic and performing roots. LuPone is among the first graduates of the drama division of the Juilliard School (located on the Lincoln Center Campus) and also starred in the revival of Anything Goes and her solo evening Matters of the Heart at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. The actress was also married on the Beaumont stage.
The 8 PM special promises not only history of Lincoln Center, but also stories of LuPone's achievements at the renowned facility. The presentation highlights the history and recent renovation of the Lincoln Center campus, including vintage footage of Leonard Bernstein and opera star Risë Stevens.
Architects, historians and key arts figures, including Metropolitan Opera general manger Peter Gelb, are also interviewed in the program.
LuPone earned her second Tony Award for her work as Rose in the Arthur Laurents-helmed Broadway revival of Gypsy. She has starred in the world premieres of Sunset Boulevard and Les Miserables, as well as productions of Anything Goes, The Robber Bridegroom, The Old Neighborhood, Master Class, The Cradle Will Rock, Sweeney Todd and Pal Joey. She earned her first Tony Award for Evita in 1980. Her touring concerts include An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, Matters of the Heart and The Gypsy in My Soul. She received a 2011 Tony Award nomination for her work in the Lincoln Center Theater musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.
"Treasures of New York: Lincoln Center with Patti LuPone" debuts at 8 PM on WNET Thirteen July 14, with re-airing to follow July 28 at 7 PM on WLIW21.