June 12, 2022, 8:25 p.m. ET
June 12, 2022, 8:25 PM ETPatti LuPone as Joanne in the musical “Company.” Credit … Sara Krulwich / The New York Times
Patti LuPone, one of Broadway’s most beloved and award-winning stars, won her third Tony Award for her spectacular performance in Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” revival.
LuPone, who had already won Tonys for Best Actress for her work on “Gypsy” and “Evita”, won this year for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of the boring and cynical Joanne, who he charges every night to offer an audience. nice rendition of “The Ladies Who Lunch.”
In accepting his award, LuPone thanked many, including his fellow actors, those behind the scenes and also Covid’s students and security workers.
“I started this journey with Marianne Elliott in 2018,” he said, referring to the program director. “Four years, two countries, a seemingly endless and extremely vulnerable confinement, three different viruses in three consecutive months and two sublime casts.”
“A more excellent group of actors and comedians than I could have imagined,” he added.
He worked on the song with Sondheim, and in a recent interview with The New York Times described how he felt after his death in November.
“The night we found out he was dead,” he recalled, “I said, ‘Who will make me better?’ “I don’t think there’s anyone as difficult, complex, and demanding as Steve. Steve made me better. Every time I played a role, he made me better. the longer he is with us, the more I miss him. “
Jesse Green, chief theater critic for The New York Times, wrote that LuPone’s performance was among those “perfectly recorded” in a revival of “Company,” directed by Marianne Elliott, which band had diverse feelings.
“It’s amazing what a little LuPone can do to distract yourself from these things,” he wrote. “Whether swinging her legs like a naughty child or squatting on the toilet, yes, Elliott’s staging goes there, she brings her precision comedy and her fascinating charisma to every moment she’s in. the stage “.
Winning her category, LuPone – who has been nominated a total of eight times – beat her co-star Jennifer Simard; Jeannette Bayardelle (“The Girl from the North Country”); Shoshana Bean (“Mr. Saturday Night”); Jayne Houdyshell (“The Man of Music”); and Morgan Lee (“A Strange Loop”).
A Tony is still an important validation of an actor’s work, LuPone said in a recent interview, adding that earning one “never ages.”