wo-time Tony Award winner (and recent nominee for War Paint) Patti LuPone swung by Watch What Happens Live after a recent performance at the Nederlander Theatre—and the actor was in truth-telling form.
Host Andy Cohen asked LuPone, who won her first Tony Award for her performance in the title role in Evita, what she thought of Madonna playing the role in the movie of the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. “I was on the treadmill when MTV used to have videos, and I saw ’Buenos Aires,’ and I thought it was a piece of sh*t,” said LuPone. “Madonna is a movie killer. She’s dead behind the eyes. She cannot act her way out of a paper bag. She should not be in film or onstage. She’s a wonderful performer for what she does, but she is not an actress.”
LuPone and Madonna have only met once before (previous to her comments on the talk show). “She was downstairs at the Mitzi Newhouse [at Lincoln Center] when I was upstairs doing Anything Goes at the Vivian Beaumont, and a press agent put a sign up that there was only one diva allowed in this theatre at a time.
“I did meet her after her opening-night party, and the only thing Madonna has ever said to me was ‘I’m taller than you.’”
Cohen wanted to hear LuPone’s thoughts on another movie musical: Les Misérables. LuPone originated the role of Fantine in the London production of the show.