Broadway Sensation Patti LuPone Takes Away An Audience Member’s Phone Mid-Show Because They Were Texting During Shows For Days!

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UPDATE 6:07 PM EST: Patti issued a statement about why she snatched the texter’s phone, saying:

“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 ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ 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 marshal the audience as well as perform.”

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In case you forgot that you shouldn’t be texting during a broadway show, Patti LuPone is here to remind you!

On Wednesday, the Tony winner put a stop to a persistant texter during the evening performance of her play Shows for Days at the Lincoln Center!

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Reportedly, the American Horror Story alum literally grabbed the cellphone out of the audience member’s hand and took it back stage with her:


This isn’t the first time the 66-year-old called out an audience member for using technology during a show!

During a 2008 revival of Gypsy, the Broadway icon famously stopped mid-song to scold an audience member for taking pictures (audio below)!

We hope this properly warns theatre-goers the dangers of texting in the theatre!

[Image via Joseph Marzullo/WENN.]

Jul 9, 2015 1:34pm PDT

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