I was saddened to hear this morning that entertainment legend Arthur Laurents, most widely known for his work on Gypsy and West Side Story, passed away yesterday. ( Playbill.com has a great retrospective of his career and of the man himself here.) In addition to writing he also directed many productions on the Great White Way, including the 2008 Patti LuPone helmed revival of Gypsy.
So… in memory of him, here is La LuPone buh-belting out Everything’s Coming Up Roses from the Tony awards broadcast:
I had the pleasure of seeing Patti perform at Hill auditorium last year when I was still a student at the University of Michigan. And by pleasure I mean I sat 4 rows from her!! Not that this is news to anyone, but biscuit is a BEAST… I have no idea how she does what she does but I’m in awe of her nonetheless.
Oddly enough, Catherine and I were talking about the now infamous performance of Gypsy when she stopped a performance mid-song in order to chew out an audience member who was taking pictures.
Who do you think you ARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Artist: Julie Styne, Stephen Sondheim/ Album: Gypsy