Patti LuPone snatches phone from texting audience member during performance of “Shows for Days”
As if I didn’t already worship Patti LuPone enough.
She is such an enormous talent but she’s also a strong woman who throughout her career has been willing to take a stand.
And through it all, her stand has always been about what is best for the show.
An audience member learned that the hard way this week during a performance of the play Shows For Days that it is not wise to annoy the great LuPone during a show.
The audience member was texting and had her phone snatched from her hand by the two-time Tony Award winning who did not break character during the incident.
Following the show, LuPone issued a statement lamenting the rise of phone use during performances. Last week, during a performance of Hand to God at the Booth Theatre, an audience member tried to plug his phone into a fake power point on the set.
‘We work hard on stage to create a world that is being totally destroyed by a few, rude, self-absorbed and inconsiderate audience members who are controlled by their phones. They cannot put them down,’ LuPone complained.
‘When a phone goes off or when a LED screen can be seen in the dark it ruins the experience for everyone else – the majority of the audience at that performance and the actors on stage.’
In addition to her Tony wins for Evita and Gypsy, LuPone has starred in Anything Goes, Sweeney Todd and many other shows on Broadway. She also originated the roles of Fantine in Les Miserables and Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard on the London stage.
But she wonders how long she can go on.
‘I am so defeated by this issue that I seriously question whether I want to work on stage anymore,’ she stated. ‘Now I’m putting battle gear on over my costume to marshal the audience as well as perform.’