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Patti LuPone by Patti LuPone
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Jan 08, 11

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Read on January 08, 2011

This is the one memoir every musical theatre fan should read. Patti LuPone has had the grace (in the case of Sondheim) and the curse (in the case of Andrew Lloyd Webber) to work with some of the greatest composers and names in contemporary entertainment.

The book is dishy and juicy, especially when Patti gets to the trainwreck that was "Baker's Wife" and the massive betrayal that was "Sunset Boulevard." But as much fun as the dishing and broken dressing room mirrors in those sections are, it's most fun to see Patti prevail and trace her roots as she became the Queen of musical theatre we know her as today. Her recounting of "Sweeney Todd" and "Gypsy" show that though she's seen her fair share of meltdowns and unprofessional collaborators, when entire casts and teams gel together, something truly transcendent can be created.
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