If Patti LuPone might have a catchphrase, we’d argue it needs to be, “Who do you assume you might be?!”
The theater legend was caught on digicam cursing out Broadway viewers members who didn’t really feel like sporting their masks correctly whereas she was onstage Tuesday.
The incident occurred throughout a post-show Q&A for the revival of the musical “Firm” through which LuPone stars as Joanne.
“Put your masks on over your nostril,” LuPone is heard saying in videos posted to Twitter. “That’s why you might be within the theater, that’s the rule. When you don’t need to observe the rule, get the fuck out!”
Though New York Metropolis lifted its masks and vaccine mandates again in March, the Broadway League’s COVID safety protocols require all viewers members to put on a masks inside theaters by means of not less than Might 31.
“I’m critical. Who do you assume you might be,” LuPone continued, “if you don’t respect the folks which are sitting round you?”
A lady within the viewers instructed the multi-Tony-winning actor, “I pay your wage.”
“You pay my wage? Bullshit. Chris Harper pays my wage,” LuPone responded, referring to the producer of “Firm.”
After the identical viewers member seems to push again, LuPone concluded with: “Who do you assume you might be? Simply put your masks over your nostril.”
This isn’t the primary time LuPone has known as out members of the viewers for dangerous theater etiquette. In 2015, she made headlines for snatching a phone out of the palms of an viewers member who was texting whereas she carried out in a Lincoln Middle manufacturing of “Present Days.” In 2009, whereas starring in a revival of the traditional musical “Gypsy,” she stopped her efficiency to demand that an viewers member taking photos be thrown out of the theater. In recorded audio of the latter incident, she yells on the viewers member, “Who do you assume you might be?!”
It additionally looks like LuPone’s colleagues at “Firm” supported her verbal lashing.
The play’s official Twitter account posted a GIF of the actor Wednesday saying “Put on a masks.”
In the meantime, let’s hope Harper provides LuPone a bump in her wage, as a result of she obtained nominated for another Tony Monday for her position in “Firm.”