Bob LuPone dead: ‘A Chorus Line’ actor, MCC theater chef was 76

Bob LuPone, executive of off-Broadway company MCC Theater and brother of actress Patti LuPone, died Saturday after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 76 years old.

LuPone’s death was confirmed by the MCC Theater in a statement to The Associated Press on Saturday.

“The MCC Theater community mourns the loss of our much-loved and uniquely inspiring partner, colleague and friend, Bob LuPone, who lived fearlessly and with great curiosity, good humor, an unbounded passion for connection and much of heart. He will be deeply and always missed,” the theater company said in a statement.

Along with then-acting student Bernie Telsey, LuPone formed the MCC Theater under the original name Manhattan Class Company in 1986. The pair, along with Will Cantler, led the MCC for four decades, producing shows that found themselves on Broadway as “Frozen”. “, “Reasons to be pretty”, “Hand to God”, “Schoolgirls; or the African Mean Girls Play” and “Wit”.

LuPone also worked as an actor, beginning in 1966 as an ensemble member of the Westbury Music Fair production of “The Pajama Game” with Liza Minnelli. In 1968, he made his Broadway debut in Noel Coward’s “Sweet Potato”. LuPone went on to earn a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor for his performance as Zach in “A Chorus Line.”

Alongside his theatrical career, LuPone has also made guest appearances on “The Sopranos,” “Sex and the City,” “Guiding Light,” and “All My Children,” for which he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy.

LuPone served as Director of the MFA Theater Program at the New School for Drama from 2005 to 2011, as well as Chairman of the Board of ART/New York.

LuPone is survived by his wife, Virginia; his son, Orlando; his sister, Patti; and his brother William.

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