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Broadway icon Patti LuPone will appear in the upcoming second season of FX’s groundbreaking Golden Globe-nominated series Pose, Deadline reports.
Pose co-creator Ryan Murphy made the announcement Saturday at PaleyFest in Los Angeles, gagging the audience and the show’s cast, including Billy Porter and Mj Rodriguez. While Murphy didn’t reveal who LuPone will play, he assured the two stage veterans that they would share plenty of scenes with the outspoken 69-year-old Tony Award winner.
LuPone, Olivier Award-nominated for her current performance in the new gender-swapped London revival of Company, previously worked with Murphy in American Horror Story: Coven and Glee.
As he revealed last summer during a TCA panel, Murphy reiterated at PaleyFest that Pose’s second season will jump ahead one year to 1990. The first episode is set on the day Madonna’s released “Vogue,” which introduced ball culture to the mainstream.
Coincidentally, and hopefully providing fodder for a future season of Murphy’s Feud, LuPone has famously criticized Madonna’s acting, particularly her performance in the film adaptation of Broadway’s Evita, which earned LuPone her first Tony.
Focusing on gay and trans performers in New York City’s 1980s ballroom scene, Pose has made history with the most trans series regulars ever in an American scripted TV series. Created by Murphy in collaboration with producers Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals, the show has also employed more than 100 trans actors, crew members, and consultants.
Despite disappointing ratings, Pose was renewed for a second season last summer following the critically acclaimed episode “Love Is the Message,” which was directed by Janet Mock and focused on the AIDS epidemic.
Murphy also revealed at PaleyFest that Mock, Porter, and Our Lady J will all direct episodes this season.
“It’s a first in so many ways and broken so many rules,” Murphy said of the show. “It’s extraordinary… it’s getting bigger and bigger.”
The second season of Pose, which begins shooting next week, is slated to premiere in June on FX.