Patti LuPone’s brother, Robert, has died at 76. Sad news with a sweet bother-sister backstory.

Patti and Robert LuPone

I’m watchin’ Sis Go pitterpat. 
Said, “I can do that, I can do that.”

Knew ev’ry step right off the bat.
Said, “I can do that, I can do that.”

Robert LuPone was born in 1946. His younger sister, Patti was born in 1949.

Patti and Robert LuPone

Robert became interested in performing by watching his little sister, Patti, dance at school events. He started tap lessons and enrolled in the Martha Graham Studio when he was a teenager.

“My brother Bobby was a dancer unparalleled,” Patti told the NY Post. “And it all started when he saw me in a dance recital wearing a hula skirt. I was 4; he was 7.”

Robert began his professional career as a cast member of The Pajama Game, starring Liza Minnelli, at Westbury Music Fair.

His Broadway debut was in Noel Coward’s Sweet Potato following his 1968 graduation from Juilliard. Robert then appeared in the Broadway ensembles of Minnie’s BoysThe Rothschilds, and The Magic Show.

One morning Sis won’t go to dance class
I grabbed her shoes and tights and all,
But my foot’s too small,
So, I stuff her shoes with extra socks,
Run seven blocks in nothin’ flat.
Hell, I can do that, I can do that.

In 1975, cast as Al in Michael Bennett’s upcoming production of A Chorus Line, Robert won the role of Zach when a fellow actor left the show. LuPone’s performance as the director/choreographer earned him a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. He went on to have a golden career as a producer.

I got to class and had it made,
And so I stayed the rest of my life.
All thanks to Sis (Now married and fat),
I can do this. That I can do!

Robert LuPone as Zach.

Here’s a comprehensive obituary from The New York Times.

By Stephen Brockelman

As a Sr. Writer at T. Rowe Price, I work with a group of the best copywriters around. We belong to the broader creative team within Enterprise Creative, a part of Corporate Marketing Services. _____________________________________________ A long and winding road: My path to T. Rowe Price was more twisted than Fidelity’s green line. With scholarship in hand, I left Kansas at 18 to study theatre in New York. When my soap opera paychecks stopped coming from CBS and started coming from the show’s sponsor, Proctor & Gamble, I discovered the power of advertising and switched careers. Over the years I’ve owned an ad agency in San Francisco; worked for Norman Lear on All in the Family, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and the rest of his hit shows; and as a member of Directors Guild of America, I directed Desi Arnaz in his last television appearance— we remained friends until his death. In 1988 I began freelancing full time didn’t look back. In January 2012 my rep at Boss Group called and said, “I know you don’t want to commute and writing for the financial industry isn’t high on your wish list, but I have a gig with T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills…” I was a contractor for eight months, drank the corporate Kool-Aid, became a TRP associate that August, and today I find myself smiling more often than not.

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