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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…

Taye Diggs: 'I Have a Flaming Gay Man Inside of Me'

Taye Diggs is all smiles while attending a media day for Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Tuesday (June 30) at the Lamb’s Club in New York City.

The 44-year-old actor is taking over the title role in the musical starting on July 22. He was joined at the photo call by his co-star Rebecca Naomi Jones and the show’s creator and original star, John Cameron Mitchell.

Taye will be playing a transgender woman in the musical and will have to dress in drag eight times a week.

“I’ve always told my friends I have a flaming gay man inside of me,” Taye told Entertainment Tonight. “She is coming out now! It’s fun and difficult. I don’t know how you girls do it in heels all day every day.”

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Taye Diggs in 'Hedwig & the Angry Inch' - First Look Photo!

Taye Diggs is all glittery and amazing in this first look photo from his run on Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

“Hedwig is the role of a lifetime. I’m looking forward to being challenged performance-wise on many levels, as well as being humbled by the musical’s social implications,” the 44-year-old actor told People about taking on the role. “I also like wearing nail polish.”

Taye is not the only celeb to take on the iconic role int he musical. Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells, Michael C. Hall, Darren Criss, and more have played the role on Broadway in the past.

Taye‘s 12 week run in the show begins on July 22 – be sure to check him out!

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Rebel Wilson Has Fun Broadway Night at 'It Shoulda Been You'

Rebel Wilson wears a see-through black top while leaving her hotel on Monday night (June 22) in New York City.

The 35-year-old Pitch Perfect 2 actress had a fun night out on Broadway over the weekend when she caught a performance of the new musical comedy It Shoulda Been You.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Rebel Wilson

“There’s nothing better than a fun night out on Broadway! Thanks to the cast of It Shoulda Been You x,” Rebel tweeted with a backstage photo.

Rebel is pictured here with the show’s star Lisa Howard. Watch her amazing Tony Awards performance below and get tickets now to see the show live on stage!


Lisa Howard Sings “Jenny’s Blues” at the Tony Awards
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'Smash' Musical 'Bombshell' Could Be Heading to Broadway!

Bombshell, the musical that was featured in the NBC series Smash, could actually be coming to Broadway in the future!

There was a one-night-only concert staging of the musical earlier this month in New York City featuring most of the show’s cast members, including Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty.

“There is a still a lot of love for Smash and a rabid fan base out there, and we’re thrilled to be able to keep the dream alive as we work towards bringing Bombshell to theatre audiences,” NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement. “Smash was ambitious because every episode was a complicated musical for television and we also built the foundation of the musical-within-the-musical about Marilyn’s endlessly fascinating and tumultuous life. Over the course of two seasons an entire Bombshell score was written to service Smash storylines, and now that show will have a chance to stand on its own.”

“We are so thrilled that Smash isn’t over and that Bombshell gets to live on,” said producer Craig Zadan. “The Emmy-nominated songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, including the iconic ‘Let Me Be Your Star,’ are every bit the caliber of their Tony- and Grammy-winning Broadway work. The Actors Fund benefit reinforced how alive this material is on stage and how much the audience wants to see the Marilyn Monroe musical in its entirety.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK of the Broadway version of Bombshell happening?

Vanessa Hudgens' Broadway Show 'Gigi' Sets Closing Date

Vanessa Hudgens shows a little bit of leg while leaving her apartment and heading to Broadway for another performance of Gigi on Tuesday (June 9) in New York City.

The 26-year-old actress was photographed backstage recently using the Buxom Eyeshadow Bar before a performance. See pics here!

It was just announced that Vanessa‘s show will unfortunately be closing later this month. The production will shut down on June 21.

“On behalf of my co-producers and investors, we’re so proud of this beautiful production and for the gorgeous cast and talented creative team who brought Gigi to life,” commented producer Jenna Segal. “We’re grateful too for the audiences who came and loved Gigi on Broadway and are so happy that the show will live on through a US National Tour and licensing. Colette’s heroine has had many lives, and we look forward to Gigi‘s next chapter.”

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'The Lion King' & 'Aladdin' Broadway Casts Host Sing-Off During Airport Delay - Watch Now!

The casts of Broadway’s The Lion King and Aladdin gave fellow travelers at LaGuardia Airport quite the impromptu show on Sunday (May 31) in New York City.

This video of castmembers breaking out into song during a reportedly six-hour flight delay has started to go viral.

After a beautiful rendition of “Circle of Life” by Gugwana Dlamini (Rifiki) and The Lion King ensemble, Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart busted out a freestyle rap about Aladdin and his character Genie.

Watch the airport performance below!


The Lion King & Aladdin Airport Sing-Off
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