Sunday, April 21, 2024

Broadway: Tony Nominee for “A Chorus Line,” Robert Lupone, Passes Away At 76, Brother of Patti


Robert Lupone, co-director of the MCC Theater in Manhattan, has passed away after a three year battle with Pancreatic cancer. He was 76.

Lupone was the brother of Patti Lupone, and a star in his own right. He was an actor, director and producer of note in New York with lots of TV and theater credits. He co-founded the Manhattan Class Company 40 years ago.

He received a Tony nomination for playing Zach in the original production of “A Chorus Line.”

“Sopranos” fans will remember Lupone as “Dr. Bruce Cusamano” from a half dozen episodes. He was also a regular performer on “Law & Order SVU” and the original show, as well as from every single New York soap opera including “Another World” and “All My Children.”

Lupone also had 17 Broadway credits including playing Zach in the original version of “A Chorus Line.”

Condolences to his family and friends. This is a real loss for the New York theater world.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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