She snatched an audience member’s cell phone. She’s the fabulous Patti LuPone.

Patti LuPone on NPR talks quitting Broadway and taking away an audience member's cell phone.
and taking away an audience member's cell phone.

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Jacob and I were sitting at our favorite table at Joe Allen restaurant having a late supper when the Maître d’ sat Patti LuPone next to us. I smiled and nodded to her; she smiled and nodded back; Jacob almost passed out. (Of all of LuPone’s millions of fans, I can’t imagine one more smitten by her and her talent than Jacob.) Leaving later that evening, Jacob opened the door for her; she turned, looked at him, and said, “Thank you.” Jacob grinned from ear to ear during the taxi ride back to the hotel—and for the next several days.

If you’re also a LuPone fan, you’ll enjoy her visit with NPR’s Peter Sagal.

NPR’s Peter Sagal, “And now the game where we ask legends to do something nobody will remember after tomorrow. It’s called Not My Job. Patti LuPone had her first big role on Broadway 50 years ago when she created the role of Evita. That’s right. Whenever you have stood on a balcony and raised your arms directly up in the air, imagining cheering crowds, you’re doing a LuPone. She’s won three Tony Awards, countless other accolades, appeared in all kinds of films and TV shows. I am utterly thrilled she joins us now. Patti LuPone, welcome to WAIT WAIT… DON’T TELL ME.”

Enjoy. (The LuPone segment starts at 18:40.)

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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