Monday, September 20, 2010
What I'm Reading Now - Patti Lupone: A Memoir
So far, I'm loving this book. LuPone pulls no punches, she admits that she's been known as a trouble-maker, sometimes justified, sometimes not. She's incredibly kind to Kevin Kline, her ex, even though he cheated on her repeatedly during their 7 year relationship. But the best parts of the book are the stories that she tells about creating Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, Evita on Broadway (apparently she didn't think much of the music or the character) and Fantine in Les Miserables. She even got me liking David Mamet briefly (although I still don't think he either likes women or writes good roles for them).
Hearing about her adventures with the Acting Company in its infancy are thrilling. Despite the fact that I no longer act, I will always be an actor deep in my soul, and reading this book made me nostalgic for the comraderie of the theater. Not enough to actually go out an audition mind you! (Although if someone wants to offer me a role I'll think about it!)