LuPone Strikes Back! Grabs Texter's Phone at Shows for Days

Patti LuPone apparently had it up to here with a persistent texter during the July 8 evening performance of her play Shows for Days at Lincoln Center and literally snatched it out of her hands.

Patti LuPone
Patti LuPone (Photo by Ethan Hill)

LuPone, who famously stopped in mid-song at the 2008 revival of Gypsy to scold an audience member for taking photos, grabbed the cell phone and took it backstage with her, according to various eyewitness accounts on Twitter and Facebook.

The evening incident followed a matinee at which at least three cell phones rang during the performance.






LuPone released a statement to expressing her anger and sadness over the incident.

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