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Stage Legend Patti LuPone Confiscates Audience Member's Cell Phone During Her Broadway Play

Stage Legend Patti LuPone Confiscates Audience Member's Cell Phone During Her Broadway Play

Broadway legend Patti LuPone has had enough with Broadway audiences using phones during performances – so much so that she confiscated an audience member’s phone during the Wednesday (July 8) performance of her play Shows for Days when she noticed them texting.

The 66-year-old American Horror Story actress issued a statement about her confiscating a cell phone in the middle of the play.

“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. 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. I am so defeated by this issue that I seriously question whether I want to work on stage anymore. Now I’m putting battle gear on over my costume to marshall the audience as well as perform,” Patti said in a statement to Playbill.

This is not the first time Patti has gone off about cell phones. In a 2009 performance of her Tony winning musical Gypsy, Patti stopped the show to scream at an audience member. See below…

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  • PlayNice

    Damn! Do not get on her bad side. Really though, if you’re going to go to a show, just enjoy the show. Don’t be thinking you’re sly and try to take pictures. It’s distracting to the actors and other people around you.

  • vicki

    You go, Patty!!!!

  • Utope

    I’m with Patti on this one! It’s so disrespectful to use one’s cell phone during a stage performance! Disrespectful to the actors, the crew and the other audience members. I feel that theaters should have the right to confiscate cell phones if audience members use it.

  • RayonLight

    I support it, applaud it, and back her up. The same should be done at the movie theater.

  • Jamie

    Someone using their phone during a show has to be annoying, but what she did seems like it would bring more attention to the situation.

  • Ezra Plihal

    Taking about respect….haha she came to a High School near my grandmother’s home and when a 14 year old girl asked how she could overcome her stage fright she told her to “get new dreams.” The young girl ran out of the auditorium crying. We all know she takes pride in being a diva, but some things are just crossing the line. I’m totally on her side with the phone using, but its hard for me to take her seriously now because I know she loves the attention and to live up to her “diva” personality.

  • AnnaDEbner
  • Tata

    Bravo, Patty! Bravo!!!