Broadway Star Patti LuPone Calls Out Audience Member for Not Following Mask Policy

Broadway star Patti LuPone had choice words for audience members not adhering to mask policy following a performance of “Company” on Tuesday, May 10, at New York’s Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

Video captured by an audience member shows LuPone confronting a theatre-goer during a post-show talkback.

“Put your mask over your nose, that’s why you’re in the theater," LuPone admonishes.

“That is the rule. If you don’t want to follow the rule, get the f*** out,” she continues. “I’m serious. Who do you think you are, if you do not respect the people sitting around you?”

“I pay your salary,” the audience member responds.

“You pay my salary?” shoots back LuPone. “Bulls***, Chris Harper pays my salary.”

Harper, the lead producer of ‘Company’, released a statement in support of LuPone, according to Deadline.

“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,” said Harper. “She is also a fierce advocate for the entire theatrical workforce. 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.”

LuPone said she tested positive for COVID-19 in February. Credit: Anonymous via Storyful

Video transcript

PATTI LUPONE: [INAUDIBLE] right next to her. Put your mask over your nose. That's why you're in the theater. That is the rule. If you don't want to follow the rule, get the [MUTED] out!

[APPLAUSE, CHEERING]

I'm serious!

- Woo!

PATTI LUPONE: Who do you think you are that you do not respect the people that are sitting around you?

- I pay your salary!

PATTI LUPONE: You pay my salary?

- Get out.

PATTI LUPONE: [MUTED]. Chris Harper pays my salary. Who do you think you are?

- A patron!

PATTI LUPONE: Just put your mask--

- A person!

PATTI LUPONE: --over your nose. We have worked really hard on--

[INAUDIBLE] right next to her. Put your mask over your nose. That's why you're in the theater. That is the rule. If you don't want to follow the rule, get the [MUTED] out!

[APPLAUSE, CHEERING]

I'm serious!

- Woo!

PATTI LUPONE: Who do you think you are that you do not respect the people that are sitting around you?

- I pay your salary!

PATTI LUPONE: You pay my salary?

- Get out.

PATTI LUPONE: [MUTED]. Chris Harper pays my salary. Who do you think you are?

- A patron!

PATTI LUPONE: Just put your mask--

- A person!

PATTI LUPONE: --over your nose. We have worked really hard on--

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