Patti Issues PLAYLIST: The 12 Patti LuPone Videos That Inspired Ben Rimalower's Solo Show

By Ben Rimalower
24 Aug 2013

8. "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" 

When I was a freshman at UC Berkeley, my parents didn't want me to fly to New York for the weekend to see Patti LuPone in Pal Joey at City Center Encores! Maybe they wouldn't have thought it was so irresponsible if they'd known I would reunite in the lobby with our old family friend Lonny Price, who directed Pal Joey, and that a few years later I'd be his assistant director. I'll never forget being part of the standing ovation Patti received for her first entrance on a New York stage post-Sunset Boulevard. As a single body, the audience, we expressed our love for her and she gave love right back. I feel that love every time I hear her sing "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered."



9. "A Wonderful Guy" 

If my heart went out to Patti as the victim of scandal, her resilience and strength were always an empowering inspiration to me. In one draft of my show, I was going to play this video of Patti as "Libby Thatcher" on "Life Goes On," a unique take on "I'm In Love With A Wonderful Guy." My plan was to show video footage on mute and then provide the vocals myself, for the song and for the angry monologue!