Another sad Broadway tale; Patti LuPone takes phone away from texting audience member
Legendary Broadway star Patti LuPone ("Evita") grabbed a smartphone from an audience member who was texting during her performance on Wednesday at Lincon Center. LuPone is appearing in a comedy called "Shows for Days" and had just started the second act when the disruptive handset was snatched away from its owner. LuPone held the phone until after the final curtain, when she returned it without incident.
The 66-year old performer has been involved in two other run-ins involving rude audience members. Back in 2008, LuPone stopped a performance of "Gypsy" when a member of the audience continuously snapped pictures during a musical number. Earlier this year, while performing at a cabaret at New York's 54 Below, LuPone told an audience member to "Shut up!"