Off-Broadway MCC Theatre Founder Was 76 – Deadline

Bob LuPone, a Tony-nominated actor and the founding father of the off-Broadway MCC Theatre, has died. He was 76. The brother of Patti LuPone had been on a three-year battle with pancreatic most cancers.

“The MCC Theater community mourns the loss of our much loved and uniquely inspiring partner, colleague, and dear friend, Bob LuPone, who lived fearlessly and with great curiosity, good humor, a boundless passion for connection, and a whole lot of heart. We will miss him deeply and always,” learn an announcement from MCC.

LuPone was born on July twenty ninth, 1946 in Brooklyn, New York to Angela Louise (often called Pat), a housewife, and Orlando Joseph LuPone, a college principal.

His ardour for the humanities started at an early age. In the sixth grade at his North Port, Long Island elementary college, he noticed his youthful sister Patti dance at a PTA Dance Concert in a colourful hula skirt. After he informed his mom how badly he wished to put on the skirt, she informed him that if that’s what he wished then he’d should enroll in dance class, which he did the next year. He began by taking faucet classes after college earlier than enrolling within the Martha Graham Studio, the place he studied beneath Antony Tudor, José Limon and Graham herself, from ages 15 to 18.

LuPone acquired accepted to Juilliard after a good friend recommended he audition, an audition that he improvised. He would graduate with a BFA in Dance in 1968.

In 1966, he landed his first job as a part of the ensemble of The Pajama Game starring Liza Minnelli. His Broadway debut would occur in 1968 in Noel Coward’s Sweet Potato and would in a while seem in Minnie’s Boys, The Rothschilds, and The Magic Show.

LuPone was cast as Al in A Chorus Line however when one of many actors departed the manufacturing, he requested to audition for the a part of (*76*), which he would land. This function led LuPone to attain a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. A Chorus Line opened on the Public Theater, earlier than swiftly transferring to Broadway. The manufacturing was nominated for 12 Tony Awards on the 1976 ceremony.

While instructing an appearing class at New York University, one in every of his college students was Bernie Telsey, who collectively would kind the Manhattan Class Company — identified in the present day as MCC Theatre.

LuPone, Telsey and Will Cantler efficiently led MCC for practically 40 years producing reveals like Frozen, Hand to God, School Girls; or the African Mean Girls Play and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit.

While serving as a co-artistic director of MCC Theater, LuPone continued appearing showing in Broadway productions like A View from the Bridge, True West, and A Thousand Clowns. He was additionally in the Chicago premiere of Sam Shepard’s The Tooth of Crime and made tv appearances on reveals like The Sopranos, Sex & the City, Guiding Light and All My Children, for which he obtained a Daytime Emmy nomination.

LuPone is survived by his spouse Virginia, his son Orlando, sister Patti, brother William.

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