Patti Lupone STOPING GYPSY DURING PERFORMANCE

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During the 1/10 performance of "Gypsy", once Patti was starting "Rose's Turn"
people started taking flash pictures. Patti stopped the show and said that was very rude of them. She told the ushers to take the people that were taking pictures out of the theater. Once they were out the ushers said "They're out Patti". Patti said "Alright from the told of the song" and they continued the show.
this just shows what big of a Prima Donna Patti Lupone is. I LOVE HERE.
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Imagine her & James Naughton on stage together if this happened.
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If she did this during the final performance, she'll end up performing to an empty house.
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Patti didn't seem to mind photos being taken towards the end of the show. Unfortunately, the usher in the balcony did, and stopped everyone around her. People in the orchestra clicked away.
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Okay, I'm not an advocate of picture taking nor did I take any but those ushers in the balcony needed to get a ****ing life. It was the last performance. It was history. If you don't understand its importance, GO HOME!
And I damn well sure hope they read this! re: Patti Lupone STOPING GYPSY DURING PERFORMANCE
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Get a life.

This is Patti LuPone, a loud broad who is a B diva. This is NOT a historic perf to anyone with a brain.

As for protocol, it is not permitted to take photos at a perf even if it were Barbra Streisand [a real diva] who stormed the stage to throw Patti off to show her how to sing a song properly.
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Well, we'll just have to agree to disagree fflagg.
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How is a revival of a celebrated show in which the three leads win Tonys not historic? Even if you hate Patti LuPone, I don't think that changes the fact that it is rather notable. This also doesn't change the fact that regardless of it being the final performance or not, it is still highly illegal to take photos inside a theater. So for that reason alone, I do understand why the ushers stop people (though I still think there's a certain level of douchebaggery to it).
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A very amusing memory I have is of the ushers at Grey Gardens' final performance taking pictures. As Aunt Eller would say, the were just bending the rules a little.
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She sure is one tough cookie, but I Love it!!!
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I love Patti and consider myself to be a biased but objective fan. I think it depends entirely on how many pictures were taken, in light of its being the second to last performance. I'd say a couple per person is not bad. I dunno. I mean for some people, I can imagine for them it was an emotional thing, and, for them, probably the final performance. It just hurts me to think of a major fan being kicked out for only taking a couple pictures. Now someone snapping snapping snapping, those people need to exterminated. All of you people who show up at events and never put your camera down, you are idiots who do not know how to properly experience live events because you have no intellect whatsoever. Do us all a favor and stay home.
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2 wrongs don't make a right - taking pictures is incredibly rude to the people sat around you not just the performers. LuPone completely over-reacted and the audience should have booed her.
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I've always thought that the "law" against taking pictures in a broadway theatre is about as high priority as ripping the tag off of a mattress....

how many stories do i hear that drunk assed idiots plow down the interstates and serve a night in jail....but mean while the barney fifes of Broadway patrol the aisles looking for CRIMINAL Broadway fans and japanese tourists who probably cant even interpret the warning announcement. These people take their jobs way too seriously.

I once did an overdramatic short play about an actor who is trying to perform a one man version of Miss Saigon when an audience member flashes a camera and the actor becomes so disoriented by the light, not only can he not see where he is on stage, he has no clue what theatre he's in, what character he was just playing, if he's missed his call, if he is even a real actor, etc. .... Not to toot my own horn, but it got a huge response and probably more than anyone the theatre junkies that were there totally got it.

Is it rude to a performer to take flash pictures? Depends on the performer I suppose, but I don't Belle or Mickey Mouse stopping a show at Disney World to pull a diva moment...

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Try wearing a mouse head while plowing down the interstate . . .
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She's just trying to one-up Glenn Close. When Close was in "Sunset Boulevard" (people took pictures regularly) she stopped the show one night and said: "We can either do the show or have a press conference."
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Goth, why don't YOU be the one to tell Patti that she's trying to one-up Glenn Close?
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You do realize its the ushers job to stop photographers right? as in they will be told off if they aint doing their jobs?
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How many "Patti stopped the show because an audience member did such-and-such during Rose's Turn" stories have been posted on here?

And how many of them actually happened?
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I was there on Saturday night at "Gypsy" and could not believe what was unfolding before my eyes during "Rose's Turn." I'd heard rumors but never expected to see it for myself. Kinda like seeing a unicorn!

But she did do the song up in style once she re-started.
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What was Patti doing? STOPING? What exactly is STOPING?
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NYC_or_Bust...do you think that FOH staff are some form of police? Why would we be stopping drunk drivers? And I think a night in jail is a bit more severe than being removed from a theater or asked to delete the pictures from the camera, or whatever other consequence people face for taking pictures.

Anyway, though I am apparently a bit of a Theater Nazi, I think that it could've been handled differently on Patti's part. Why not just mention it to the stage manager or someone else who is on headset instead of stopping the whole show and affecting the experience of everyone else who was there? Although I guess most people with tickets were there to see Patti and therefore LOVED getting to see a "Patti breaks the fourth wall" episode firsthand.
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I'm kind of reluctant to bring this up here, but I have to mention that I read another blog post mentioning the possibility that the photographer was actually someone Patti knew about, who had been following her around. I'm doubtful, though. I know it's totally possible that Patti couldn't see the photographer, or didn't remember that she had someone there doing...whatever he was doing.

but I also thought that if it happened three times, wouldn't that likely mean that Patti had mentioned it to FOH at least once? wouldn't this person have to have a pass or something? should a professional photographer really be taking flash pictures in the middle of a show?
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It's just another false Patti-bashing story, givesmevoice. Any professional photographer would know that the stage lighting provides all the light needed for a photograph. They would also know that even if they did want the extra illumination, a flash is ineffective beyond 10 feet of so. I have never understood people in the rear orchestra or Mezz taking flash photos. In a case like that, the flash serves only to annoy others and will actually pinpoint the flasher's location. A self-defeating action.
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That same poster is posting that same false story on every blog on the Internet.

It's amazing the lengths the Patti Haters will go to.

Don't they have lives?