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The night on Broadway that Jonathan Groff didn’t get to meet Madonna – and didn’t care

When Madonna attended a performance in April of the Broadway musical Hamilton, she was barred by writer and star Lin-Manuel Miranda from going backstage after to greet the cast

Jonathan Groff, who also stars in the show, was not at all disappointed to miss meeting the Material Girl.

‘No. Because that bitch was on her phone,’ Groff tells FourTwoNine.

‘You couldn’t miss it from the stage,’ he adds. ‘It was a black void of the audience in front of us and her face there perfectly lit by the light of her iPad through three-quarters of the show.’

Madonna had attended an evening performance on the same day First Lady Michelle Obama had been at the matinee.

‘We were collecting for Broadway Cares after the show, and Mrs. Obama stayed in the audience while the Broadway Cares speech happened, and Lin called her out and the audience applauded for her,’ Groff recalls. ‘Then she came backstage and hugged every crew member—the wig girl, all the costume people, every cast member. She said to us—and this is a direct quote—“This is the greatest piece of art I’ve ever seen.”’

It’s not clear what Madonna would have said had she been able to go backstage since it’s not clear if she was actually watching the show which is a hip-hop musical about one of America’s founding fathers Alexander Hamilton.

FILE UNDER: Controversy, Stage


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3 Remarks

  1. No class Madge…typical.

  2. July 8th, 2015 at 8:01 pm
    K. Martinez says:

    No class is right! I’ve read that she’s been banned from theaters before because of this type of activity. All I know is this woman couldn’t act her way out of a paper bag. She’s painful to watch.

  3. Mrs. Obama is a class act. So glad she is a supporter of the arts.

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