HBO "Masterclass" Episode With Patti LuPone Airs April 1

By Adam Hetrick
April 1, 2013

Two-time Tony Award-winning actress Patti LuPone works with aspiring performers from across the U.S. in the April 1 episode of the Emmy-nominated HBO documentary series "Masterclass."



Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon produce and direct the half-hour series that debuted in 2010. The current season also includes episodes featuring John Guare and Bobby McFerrin.

It debuts at 7:30 PM. LuPone's episode will re-air on HBO April 4, 6, 10 and 20. 

According to HBO: "Broadway legend Patti LuPone prepares four talented performers, Maggie Johnson, Ryan McCartan, Reid Watson and Kyra Wharton, for careers in theatre. Selected by the National YoungArts Foundation, an organization that identifies and supports the next generation of artists and contributes to the cultural vitality of the nation, the emerging actors receive once-in-a-lifetime individual instruction and coaching during a workshop at the Belasco Theatre on Broadway. The performers are urged to 'be brave' and to 'not be afraid of failure…success limits you.' Before parting, LuPone encourages them to 'be fearless… it’s about acceptance, what your limitations are and what your limitlessness is,' she explains. 'You all have gifts – gifts to be grateful for, and gifts to be given away.'"

Portions of LuPone's Gypsy in My Soul concert engagement in Madison, WI, were filmed for inclusion in the segment featuring the Evita and Gypsy star.

During the episode, LuPone works with students on such songs as "I Miss the Mountains," "Change" and "Without You," among others. She also doles out her own words of wisdom about acting over dinner at Joe Allen.

Previous installments of "Masterclass" have included Edward Albee, Liv Ullman, Placido Domingo, Jacques D'Amboise and Olafur Alliason. The episodes feature artists working directly with a select group of talented students.

View a trailer for LuPone's episode below: