Broadway diva Patti LuPone went for Madonna in a most public way, reading her to filth on giggly Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens Live.”
Madge and LuPone have little in common, save the musical “Evita.” La Lupone slayed The Great White Way first as Eva Peron, then Madonna tackled the dictator’s wife role on-screen, a part she lobbied for years. At various points during the film’s development several “A’ list divas were considered for the lead. Among them were Meryl Streep, Michelle Pfeiffer, Glenn Close, Liza Minnelli and Barbra Streisand. Ultimately, Madge was cast and most agree, did an admirable job. She was even nominated for a Golden Globe (Best Actress, Comedy or Musical). Regardless, LuPone was, and is not, having it.
Calling Madonna “a movie killer,” “dead behind the eyes,” “can’t act her way out of a paper bag” and “she should not be on film or on stage.” The shade diminished (barely) when LuPone stated, “She’s a wonderful performer… (pause) for what she does.”
Cohen’s other guest, humpy daddy Christopher Meloni, shifted in his seat uncomfortably as LuPone went on to skewer the musical adaptation of “Les Miserables” and “Dance Mom” convict Abby Lee Miller.
LuPone is currently on Broadway in “War Paint,” co-starring with Christine Ebersole.