Showtune Sunday: Patti LuPone in "Evita"
Yeah, I can't believe I'm posting a clip from an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, either. But this is undoubtedly his strongest work, and it's instructive, I think, in the early development of Patti LuPone's astonishing career. I doubt many of those who saw her find international fame as Eva Peron imagined that she's go on to put an indelible stamp, decades later, on iconic roles like Reno Sweeney, Mrs. Lovett and Mama Rose. But if you watch her here, you see the foundation of her remarkable skill and talent: a clear understanding of text, a fearlessness with expression, and a deep sense of her character's motivation. (And next to Gunton and Patinkin, who were also destined for big careers, it's an even bigger object lesson in submitting to the role.)