The Greatest Star Of All: The Essential Patti LuPone on Disc

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03 May 2014

Patti LuPone
Patti LuPone
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Playbill.com correspondent Ben Rimalower offers a collection of the essential recordings by two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone.

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Two-time Tony Award-winning living legend Patti LuPone is at the top of her field of Broadway stars. I've made no secret of my immense love for her — it's the subject of my show, Patti Issues — but I am not alone.

It's unfortunate for her multitudes of fans that her career began in an era when Broadway stars were not getting record deals. For the first decades of their careers, Patti LuPone and such contemporaries as Bernadette Peters and Betty Buckley had only recorded an album or two apiece. This is in stark contrast to stars today such as Audra McDonald and Kristin Chenoweth, whose record output has been prodigious, or even up-and-comers like Kate Baldwin who go into the studio not long after their debuts.

Fortunately, Patti — miraculously, given her age — is at the peak of her powers as actress and singer and shows no signs of slowing down in either arena. As a result, we are blessed with a bounty of more recent solo albums and a catalog of world-class cast recordings.



Click through to read my selections for the essential Patti LuPone on disc.

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