The Upper West Side has its own odd couple: Aubrey Plaza and Patti Lupone reportedly lived in the neighborhood together while Plaza recently prepared for her professional stage debut, according to Vulture.
Broadway icon Lupone (Evita, Gypsy, Company) is no stranger to the neighborhood. She graduated with Kevin Kline and David Ogden Stiers as part of the Juilliard Drama Division’s first graduating class in 1972 and appeared in Anything Goes across the street at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center in 1987.
The three-time Tony Award winner wed her husband Matt Johnston on the stage of the Vivian Beaumont Theater in 1988, later returning to Lincoln Center multiple times over her celebrated career: an Annie Get Your Gun benefit in 1988, the New York Philharmonic production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd in May 2000, Candide in 2004, Passion in 2005, Company and The Seven Deadly Sins (with the New York City Ballet) in 2011, Shows for Days in 2015, Matters of the Heart in 2000, and a benefit titled Patti Lupone: Songs From a Hat! in May 2022. She even held her book launch party at Vivian Beaumont in 2010.
So how did Lupone pair up with Plaza? The duo worked together earlier this year in Marvel’s upcoming WandaVision spinoff series Agatha: Darkhold Diaries. Plaza (White Lotus, Parks & Recreation) is currently starring in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea in the West Village.
Though the unique arrangement lasted for only a month while Plaza’s current apartment was being readied, the twosome seem to have enjoyed their time together. Plaza calls Lupone her “surrogate mother,” noting that she made her soup and did her laundry.
“She sleeps in a very sexy black nightgown and I have on this long cotton … I look Victorian! All that’s missing is a night cap,” Lupone told People. “I mean, we could not be more different.”
Lupone, who spends most of her time at her home in Connecticut, shared that she now misses Plaza when she stays in the city. “I come home to an empty apartment when I’m in the city. I come home and go, ‘Bummer.’ I think I should open a boarding house for people that are making their theatrical debuts,” joked Lupone.
As for exactly where on the Upper West Side this future boarding house/acting school could be, ILTUWS believes it’s off Central Park in the West 80s, according to a contractor who did some work in the Lupone home a few years ago.