Another sad Broadway tale; Patti LuPone takes phone away from texting audience member

Another sad Broadway tale; Patti LuPone takes phone away from texting audience member
Just yesterday, we told you the story about a person who was attending the Broadway show "Hand of God." Just minutes before showtime, he climbed on stage to plug in his phone using a fake outlet that was part of the set. There must be something wrong with the water supply in New York City because yesterday, another smartphone user was the subject of ridicule in a Broadway theater.

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!"

source: NYPost



1. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I've never been to a Broadway theater show so I don't know how dark they dim the lights. If it's anything like a movie theater than I can totally understand her outrage, but if there's more light like say a comedy theater show than I think it isn't as distarcting and shouldn't go as far as stopping the show.

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3. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

We as a society are too self involved. Last week I was on the subway and a guy fell onto the tracks. Reason? He was on his phone while walking. He got cut up some, nothing major. Imagine if the train was coming. I say good for her. She should've took it.

9. dimas

Posts: 3359; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

This may sound insensitive but I don't pity stupid people like that. Let them walk on streets with their eyes glued on their phones and let natural selection do the job.

4. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

What a blasphemy, she not getting enough attention that she has to take a texting audience members phone. To me this is a joke and pretty damn ridiculous.

6. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

Agree. I do not think the actor (she) should do that. What if the text were important (such as that person kid hit by a car, or heis a doctor and itis emergency.) In Asia, she will got punch in the face for being no manner and rude to audience. texting is polite. talking on the phone is not. Her job is to be funny/interesting. if she's not good enough is not her audience fault.

12. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

if you wanna text leave the theater. if its an emergency you will probably receive a call and not a text. Theaters always say silence your cellphones. Not vibrate. silent as in no noise.

15. Fellwalker

Posts: 538; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

You should look up what blasphemy means before using it again. Texting is rude in any event when you are in the audience.

5. gaming64 unregistered

That guy came to a Broadway theater. Even if it's an emergency text, you shouldn't text on the seats and instead the lobby. This Madame did the right thing.

7. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

why? texting is no voice. silent in asia, texting is consider polite you will see lot of texting in cinema, bus, train, school/class, while working too.

8. dimas

Posts: 3359; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I'm asian and find it rude. If you're in a movie house or broadway, silent your phone and always have the manner of excusing yourself when you have to reply to a text or call. Always be considerate that people pay to watch, focus, and enjoy the show and doesn't want to be distracted with your personal activities.

10. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

If you in a movie, with 1 million square centimeter bright screen ahead, and you were distracted with 100 square centimeter screen, then you really have a focusing issue. If you performer and lose to someone texting, then you're a bad performer and blaming on other (kind of bad artist blame on bad tools). If you're watching on the broadway, with 1000 watt spotlight to the artist, and you distracted by 1 watt LCD display near you, then you have focusing issue. in asia is not i'm asian... you're asian, but do you life in asia?

11. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

lol if you wanna text leave the theater. people around you dont wanna see your bright screen flashing while they are trying to enjoy a performance.

13. dimas

Posts: 3359; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Blinking little screens can distract people from watching especially when scenes are have dark plots. Stop justifying using phones everywhere, you're one of the reasons why people think asians are stupid and uncivilized.

14. dimas

Posts: 3359; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

*are having* damn your english siti, your damaged grammar is infectious.

17. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

Dimas, That were very strong word you use. One of the hero figure that I admire, Bung Karno, said that "Don't discriminate, but tolerate others." You maybe asian, but you don't know the nature of asian to tolerate. Or maybe I should quote from the cartoon character that you might know. In the future, I really hope you learn to watch your mouth, and be respectful to others.

16. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Siti, the typical brightness of a theater screen is 50~100 nits. Most phone screens in a theater will give off much more light than that. It's not a focus issue as you assume - the phone screens are smaller but brighter and your peripheral vision will pick it up. Same goes with 1000W Broadway stage lights. If you stare directly at them then yes, your phone's screen won't compete. But the light first hits the stage and is scattered in all directions. You're seeing only a small fraction of the light they produce, and that fraction can be less than the light emanating directly from a phone's screen. Again, it's not a focus issue.

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