Everything’s coming up Patti! Two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone has nabbed a role in Lorne Michaels' new HBO pilot People in New Jersey. According to The Hollywood Reporter the stage and screen favorite will play an opinionated Garden State mother to her grown-up children, played by Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program, School of Rock) and Topher Grace (That '70s Show). No filming dates have been announced.
The half-hour comedy series by Girls writer Bruce Eric Kaplan tells the story of Carl (Grace) and Melanie (Silverman), a brother and sister living in New Jersey who ponder life’s questions while struggling to get through the day. LuPone will play Rachel Levin, who has been lost since the death of her husband. Paul Feig will write, direct and executive produce the pilot.
LuPone is all over the small screen these days—she’s set to play Joan Ramsey, a religious neighbor on the third season of American Horror Story: Coven, and a yet-to-be-announced character on HBO’s Girls.
Onstage, the actress garnered Tony Awards for Gypsy and Evita. Other Broadway credits include Sweeney Todd, Anything Goes, An Evening With Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, Noises Off, Matters of the Heart, The Anarchist, Master Class, Company, Oliver!, Working and more. LuPone’s film and TV appearances include Driving Miss Daisy, Witness, Parker, City by the Sea, Life Goes On, 30 Rock and Ugly Betty.