Patti LuPone Tells Broadway Theatergoers to ‘Get the F— Out’ for Not Wearing Masks Properly
Patti LuPone called out a pair of Broadway attendees on Tuesday (May 10) after they refused to wear their masks properly.
In a number of videos circulating Twitter, the theater legend was taking part in a filmed Q&A with her costars for the Tony-nominated revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, when she noticed the patrons not wearing their masks over their noses and went on to tell them to do so.
“That is the rule,” she said them in the footage. “If you don’t want to follow the rules, get the f— out!”
“Who do you think you are, that you do not respect the people that are sitting around you?” she continued. “Put your mask over your nose, that’s why you’re in the theater.”
However, an audience member fired back with a snarky “I pay your salary,” to which LuPone responded, “You pay my salary? Bulls—. [Producer] Chris Harper pays my salary. Who do you think you are? Just put your mask over your nose, we have worked really hard.”
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
Back in March, New York City lifted its city-wide mask and vaccine mandates. However, the Broadway League follows its own COVID-19 safety protocols, requiring the audience to wear masks inside theaters through May 31.
Broadway was shut down for 18 months during the pandemic, and LuPone herself contracted COVID in February and March of this year, missing 10 performances of Company.