Patti LuPone Calls Out Maskless Audience Member

Patti Ann LuPone, born on April 21, 1949, in New York City, is an American actress and vocalist best recognized for her work in musical theatre. The American Theater Hall of Fame inducted her in 2006. She has won two Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, and two Grammy Awards, and has been nominated for two Oscars.

In 1972, LuPone joined The Acting Company and made her Broadway debut in Three Sisters, which she had written and directed. She was nominated for eight Tony Awards for her performance in The Robber Bridegroom in 1975. For her portrayal of Eva Perón in the original Broadway production of Evita, she earned the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

She won the 1985 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performances as Fantine in the original London company of Les Misérables and as Moll in The Cradle Will Rock.

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For her work as Rose in the 2008 Broadway revival of Gypsy and for her part as Joanne in the West End revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, she earned her second Tony Award and her second Olivier Award.

In 2007, she won two Grammy Awards for the Los Angeles Opera performance of Rising and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, a recording that was released in 2008.

Others include the Tony-nominated performance in the 1987 revival of the Broadway production of Anything Goes, the Olivier-nominated performance in the 1993 original London production of Sunset Boulevard, the Tony-nominated performance in the new 2005 Broadway production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and the original 2010 Broadway production of Women on the Verge in which she played Lucia.

She is now starring in a gender-swapped version of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, which opened on Broadway in 2021, starring Katrina Lenk.

Patti LuPone Condemns a Maskless Audience Member

It’s not something Patti LuPone is interested in doing.

Patti LuPone and the ensemble of Company were discussing the show’s Tuesday night performance when LuPone got into an argument with a member of the crowd for not wearing their mask properly.

Patti LuPone calls out maskless audience member
Patti LuPone calls out maskless audience member

“Put your mask over your nose!” the star of “The Company” can be heard shouting in a 36-second video that was taken by a member of the audience and then posted on Twitter. “There is a good reason why you’ve come to the theatre. That’s the general policy. Why are you still here if you aren’t going to obey the rules?”

LuPone kept on as the crowd exploded in applause and cheers. “Isn’t it disrespectful to the people around you if you don’t show any regard for them?” she stated.

“I pay your salary,” The theater-goer, clearly angered, then replied to the actress.

LuPone responded by calling it “bullshit.”

“You’re paying my salary? Is that right?” Bullshit. Chris Harper, the Elliot & Harper producer responsible for bringing the Company revival back on Broadway, pays my salary,” Lupone remarked of Elliot & Harper. “Do you really believe that this is who you are?… Putting a mask over your nose is all you need to do.”

Two months after her triumphant comeback to the stage following a battle with COVID-19, LuPone delivered an off-script statement to an anti-masking audience member. At the end of February, the much-lauded actor was found to be infected with the virus and was forced to take a week off from performing.

During the curtain call, a bouquet of long-stemmed roses that had been thrown on stage accidentally smacked the Company star in the head.

Claybourne Elder, her co-star on the show, was able to record the amusing moment and post it on Instagram. With a rose on top, he penned the caption. “Hit in the head with roses.”

“This is the moment a fan did what we all want to do at the end of Ladies Who Lunch: throw roses at Patti LuPone’s head in adoration.”  The actress was also a good sport about the mishap, gazing around bewildered before laughing it off.

It’s also worth noting that Patti LuPone and the rest of her Company cast and crew have something to smile about. The revival of Stephen Sondheim‘s musical received nine 2022 Tony nominations on Monday, including best revival and outstanding performance by an actress in a prominent role.

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