Patti LuPone drops an F-bomb on Broadway theatergoers who don’t wear masks properly

Don’t mess with Patti LuPone.

The Broadway diva, who is currently starring in a revival of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Company, dropped an F-bomb while rebuking two theatergoers for not wearing their masks properly. The incident happened during a post-show onstage interview hosted by the American Theater Wing organization Tuesday and open to the audience.

Broadway shows are still required to be masked — at least until May 31.

“Put your mask over your nose… If you don’t want to follow the rule, get out,” said LuPone, 73, who was captured in a video from the event shared on Twitter. “Who do you think you are that you don’t respect the people around you?”

The exchange became even more awkward when one of the offending customers replied that she paid for LuPone’s salary with her ticket purchase.

“Bulls-t,” LuPone replied.

Here is a clip of the exchange. Be warned it contains profanity.

The couple were told to leave the theater by ushers and did so, according to a spokesman for the production.

“Company” was one of the biggest critical hits of that Broadway season. The show recently received nine Tony Award nominations, including one for LuPone.

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While Broadway continues to require masking, this is not the case everywhere. In recent months, mask requirements have been ended in many settings across the country, including New York City public schools, despite rising COVID-19 cases in some locations. Also, airlines no longer require masks.

Of course, the issue remains sensitive. And it may have struck a chord with LuPone, who’s one of several star Broadway artists who have contracted COVID-19 and had to miss performances as a result.

A spokesman for the “company” said LuPone declined to comment on Tuesday’s incident. But Chris Harper, one of the show’s principal producers, said in a statement: “We stand by Patti and support her efforts to keep our entire community – from guests to ushers, cast to stage crew – safe and healthy, with this.” we can keep Broadway open.”

This view was supported by Jamie Forshaw, whose company, Madison Wells Live, is an investor in the Company production.

Theatergoers “should respect the rules,” Forshaw told MarketWatch. “The actors are up there doing a job and they want to keep doing the job and not be afraid to catch something.”

Forshaw added that he hasn’t seen any similar mask conflicts during this Broadway season, noting that “the ushers did a fantastic job” overseeing the situation. But he said challenges may lie ahead in many places as mandates end.

“The problem now is that the world is opening up,” Forshaw said.

Meanwhile, Broadway stars and fans alike took to social media to express their support for LuPone or share their own take on the situation. This led to “Patti Lupone” trending on Twitter Tuesday night and all day Wednesday.

This wasn’t the only instance of bad guest behavior at a Broadway show recently. Video of naked actor Jesse Williams captured during a performance of the current Broadway revival of the play “Take Me Out” was recently leaked. (The show features extensive nudity.) This is despite the fact that visitors are required to check their cell phones before entering the theater.

In a statement, Second Stage Theatre, the producer of Take Me Out, said: “We are appalled that this policy has been violated and unauthorized footage from our acting company has been released. It is deeply unfortunate that a viewer chose to disregard the production, their fellow viewers and most importantly, the cast in this manner.”

An amused reader on Twitter, noting that “between the Jessie Williams thing and the Patti LuPone thing, Broadway audiences were thrown out of joint this week.” Patti LuPone drops an F-bomb on Broadway theatergoers who don’t wear masks properly

Brian Lowry

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