by G Kaufman
May 10, 2017
Patti LuPone is not a Madonna fan, clearly. The Broadway legend went off on Madge during Tuesday’s (May 9) episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, where she made it clear she doesn’t care for Mad’s singing, acting, or anything else, really.
The American Theater Hall of Famer took particular issue with Madonna’s portrayal of Argentina’s Eva Peron in the 1996 movie musical Evita, a role LuPone originated on Broadway in 1979. “I thought it was a piece of s–t,” she told host Cohen. “Madonna is a movie killer.”
That hurt, but LuPone was not nearly done. “She’s dead behind the eyes. She couldn’t act her way out of a paper bag. She should not be on film or on stage. She’s a wonderful performer for what she does, but she is not an actress.”
The two-time Grammy and Tony Award winner went after Madonna when a caller asked if the two had ever spoken about their shared performances as the late First Lady of Argentina. She explained that she was performing in Anything Goeswhile Madonna was making her Broadway debut in David Mamet’s Speed the Plow in 1988 when a press agent put a sign up that said “there was only one diva allowed” in the theater at a time.
LuPone got a snicker out of that, but quickly followed up by saying that the only words Madonna has ever spoken to her were: “I’m taller than you.” A spokesperson for Madonna could not be reached for comment.
“She’s dead behind the eyes, she cannot act her way out of a paper bag”
by J. Hendricks,
May 10, 2017
Patti LuPone has some harsh words for Madonna.
During an appearance on Tuesday’s episode of “Watch What Happens Livve with Andy Cohen,” the 68-year-old Broadway icon blasted the pop diva’s acting chops from the 1996 musical, “Evita,” in which Madonna, 58, took on the lead role of Eva Perón, originally made famous by LuPone.
“Well, I was on the treadmill when MTV used to have videos, and I saw, I believe it was Buenos Aires and I thought it was a piece of s–t,” LuPone sniped. “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 on stage. She’s a wonderful performer for what she does, but she is not an actress. Bang.”
LuPone, who won the Tony Award for her performance in “Evita” in 1980, also recalled her first and only encounter with the Grammy winner.
“I did meet her after her opening night party, and the only thing that Madonna has ever said to me was, ‘I’m taller than you.’ Bada bing,” LuPone shared.