Benanti-LuPone Pilot Not Picked Up By CBS

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Fans of Olivier Award winner and two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone and her Gypsy co-star, Tony winner Laura Benanti, won't be able to enjoy these stars on TV this season.
Patti LuPone and Laura Benanti
Patti LuPone and Laura Benanti Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The new CBS comedy pilot "Open Books," which featured both acclaimed actresses, has not been picked up by the network. Benanti announced the news via Twitter: "'open books' is officially not happening," Benanti wrote.

Benanti — recently seen on Broadway in Sarah Ruhl's In the Next Room, or the vibrator play — headed the cast of the comedy. The new series, according to a previous Variety article, "centers on June (Benanti), a book editor at a boutique New York publishing house." LuPone was cast as June's "tough-cookie mom."

LuPone and Benanti, who were seen onstage in the recent Gypsy revival, were honored with Tonys for their performances as, respectively, infamous stage mother Rose and daughter Gypsy Rose Lee.

Laura Benanti earned a 2008 Best Supporting Actress Tony Award for her performance in the title role of the Arthur Laurents-helmed revival of Gypsy starring Patti LuPone. She also earned Tony nominations for her work in Swing! and Into the Woods. Her Broadway appearances also include Nine, The Sound of Music and The Wedding Singer. She was recently seen Off-Broadway in Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them.

For her performance as Rose in the recent revival of Gypsy at the St. James Theatre, Patti LuPone won the Tony Award, the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama League's Distinguished Performance Award. A Tony Award winner for her work in Evita, LuPone also earned an Olivier Award for her performances in the West End productions of Les Misérables and The Cradle Will Rock. Her other theatrical credits include Sunset Boulevard, Anything Goes, Oliver!, Working, The Old Neighborhood, Master Class and Pal Joey. LuPone also headlined two solo Broadway concerts, Patti LuPone On Broadway and Matters of the Heart, and received glowing notices for her performance as Mrs. Lovett in the Lincoln Center concert version of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd and a Tony nomination for her performance in the recent revival of that Sondheim work. She was seen in the Kennedy Center's staging of Marc Blitzstein's Regina and joined Audra McDonald for Los Angeles Opera's production of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. She was also seen as Rose in a Ravinia Festival concert run of Gypsy. Her screen and recording credits are numerous.

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