Broadway legend Patty LuPone went on a profanity laden tirade against an unmasked theatergoer during her hit musical “Company” on Tuesday night.
LuPone was caught on camera berating an audience member for allegedly improperly wearing her mask. “Put your mask over your nose, that’s why you’re in the theater,” LuPone shouted in the video. “That’s the rule, if you don’t want to follow the rule, get the f**k out!”
Broadway requires audience members to wear masks during performances at all 41 venues. LuPone clearly believes in the rule enough to publicly chide a paying patron.
“Who do you think you are if you do not respect the people that are sitting around you?” she screeched. The woman she was berating replied, “We pay your salary.”
The foul-mouthed thespian shot back that the woman’s excuse was “bulls–t,” and that the show’s producer “pays her salary.”
“Who do you think you are,” she repeated. “Just put your mask over your nose.”
Patti LuPone putting an anti-masker in their place at a talkback after the show. Just follow the fucking rules and keep the performers safe pic.twitter.com/XWnkDxyoGo
— Addison Clover (@addisonclover) May 11, 2022
“Company” producer Chris Harper said the entire show stands with their star. “Over the course of her storied career, Patti has always had an unshakable bond with the audience, and she takes their role as seriously as her own,” he told Deadline.
“She is also a fierce advocate for the entire theatrical workforce,” Harper continued. “We stand with Patti and support her efforts to keep our entire community — from patrons to ushers, cast to stage crew — safe and healthy so we can keep Broadway open.”
The musical shared a GIF on Wednesday of LuPone mouthing “wear a mask,” which was captioned, “PSA.”
— COMPANY (@CompanyBway) May 11, 2022