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Patti LuPone takes no chances when it comes to the rules surrounding face coverings on her shows.
The 73-year-old Broadway star, who is quite famous for his colorful manners, performed a number on a theatergoer on Monday. LuPone appeared alongside her “Company” costars in a filmed conversation hosted by The American Theater Wing, which was free and open to the public after the performance.
In an explosion taken off-camera and shared on TwitterLuPone is heard berating a maskless attendee in a profanity-laden speech that has been seen by more than 200,000 people on social media and even more on various channels.
“Put your mask on your nose, that’s why you’re in the theater,” the two-time Tony Award winner can be heard telling a client after the noted sources at Fox News Digital came after LuPone reported to people to do so before the start of the video. “Do you want me to put on a mask now – did I have a mask on during the show?
“Do you want me to put on a mask because I will?” LuPone continued.
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“That’s the rule. If you don’t want to follow the rule, get the hell out of here!” LuPone exploded before the room erupted in cheers.
In February, LuPone endured a battle with the coronavirus and didn’t mince words during his talk to the boss, adding, “Who do you think you are for? That you don’t respect the people who are sitting around you !”
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Despite the actress’ public lashes, the woman LuPone yelled at didn’t appreciate the spat and yelled back, “I’m paying your salary!” to which LuPone called out, “Bulls—! (Producer) Chris Harper pays my salary!”
In a statement to Fox News Digital on Wednesday, Harper said: “Over the course of her career, Patti has always had an unwavering connection with the public and she takes their role as seriously as her own. She is also a passionate advocate for the entire theater workforce. We stand behind Patti and support her efforts to keep our entire community – from patrons to ushers, actors to stage crew – safe and healthy so that we can keep Broadway open.
Lupone — also a two-time Grammy winner — has maintained a Broadway career for decades, and her verbal ferocity has landed her in hot water once or twice before.
According to the New York Post, LuPone was fired from the production of “Sunset Boulevard” by its creator Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1994 and eventually sued Lloyd Webber for $1 million.
She reportedly used the damage to build a swimming pool at her Connecticut mansion and even named the recreational facility “The Andrew Lloyd Webber Memorial Pool.”
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Additionally, in the 2002 comedy “Noises Off,” the outlet said that LuPone nearly quit the show after apparently failing.
In 2009, she yelled at an attendee for taking pictures during a performance of Stephen Sondheim’s famous “Gypsy.”
But it wasn’t until 2015 that LuPone removed the phone of a theatergoer who was texting during “Shows for Days” production.
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“We work hard on stage to create a world that is totally destroyed by a few rude, self-centered, inconsiderate audience members who are controlled by their phones,” LuPone told Playbill of the incident.
Fox News has reached out to a representative for LuPone for comment.
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