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Kent’s Patti LuPone wins third Tony Award for ‘Enterprise’ performance


Connecticut resident Patti LuPone entered the 2022 Tony Awards on Sunday with two Tonys to her name. By the time the night of celebrating the best stage performances of the year ended, she left with a third in hand.

LuPone won Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Joanne in the musical “Company” at the 75th Annual Tony Awards. She was nominated alongside fellow “Company” star Jennifer Simard, as well as Jeannette Bayardelle (“Girl From the North Country”), Shoshana Bean (“Mr. Saturday Night”), Jayne Houdyshell (“The Music Man “) and L Morgan Lee (“A strange loop”).


When the Kent resident took the stage at New York’s Radio City Music Hall to accept the award, LuPone thanked the “Company” cast and crew, audience and backstage staff in her speech, according to People. . She also noted “all the stunt doubles on all the stages in New York and to all the COVID safety people” who helped make theater possible again after COVID-19.

According to Broadway.com, LuPone won an Olivier Award for her role as Joanne in Company at the show’s world premiere in London. Her most recent Tony joins her 1980 win for Lead Actress in a Musical for her role as Eva Perón in “Evita” and her 2008 win for Lead Actress in a Musical for “Gypsy.” She also won an Olivier Award for “Les Miserables”.

In April 2020, Lupone was featured in The New Yorker, in which she spoke from her home in Kent about performing in “Company” premieres in New York for two weeks before the COVID shutdown began. .

“I think March 11 was the last day we were in the theater,” she told The New Yorker. “We were going to open on the 22nd, Steve Sondheim’s birthday. The best laid plans.

LuPone wasn’t the only actress with Connecticut ties nominated for a Tony Award this year. Bridgeport actress LaChanze has been nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for her performance as Wiletta Mayer in the Broadway production of ‘Trouble in Mind “. Written by Alice Cildress, the play follows a seasoned black actress and her struggles with racism in the acting industry. Neither LaChanze nor the play won from Tony at the Sunday night awards show.

LuPone was one of many awards received for “Company,” which also won for Revival of a Musical, Featured Actor in a Musical (Matt Doyle), Direction of a Musical (Marianne Elliott), and Scenic Design of a Musical ( BunnyChristie).