By Mark Kennedy
Associated Press

NEW YORK — Patti LuPone tells the story of the time Arthur Laurents violated theater folklore.

The director, playwright and screenwriter, who grew up in Flatbush and went to Erasmus Hall High School, had unwittingly uttered the word “Macbeth” backstage during the 2008 Broadway revival of Gypsy. As most drama buffs know, saying the title of Shakespeare’s play spells unfortunate luck for a production.

Soon things started to go bad inside the St. James Theater — curtains got
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