Patti LuPone Shows All Those Camera-Weary Band Bros How It Should Be Done

Jan 21st, 2009 // 8 Comments

Are you in a band? Are you tired of people whipping out their digital cameras during your concerts, thus blocking the views of people behind them and distracting you from your appointed duty of putting on a show for everyone, even the people in the back? Well, give a listen to the clip above, in which Patti LuPone takes some time out from Gypsy to chew out some poor schmo who couldn’t stop taking pictures during the show, despite numerous requests to keep cameras in their carrying cases. Sure, the unspoken rules at concerts have become slightly different than those at plays, and giving yourself a two-minutes-hate break may upset the rhythm of your set list, but you have to admit that unleashing righteous fury in this manner is a hell of a lot more satisfying than penning a sorta-whiny blog post after your annoyance has passed. [YouTube via Gawker]


  1. Ned Raggett

    Don’t cry for me YouTube show clips…

  2. Anonymous

    A true Diva moment to be sure, but Patti commands that respect for this show…its basically staying in character. Probably will end up being my favorite performance of the year, and i saw it on 1/4/09!

  3. Maura Johnston

    @drinkypuss: She’s the Animal Collective of Broadway!

    (Sorry, sorry.)

  4. Ned Raggett

    @Maura Johnston: Good lord!

  5. the rich girls are weeping

    Read about this last week on Life’s a Pitch — I think this blog entry was the first documented description of the horrific event, complete with a Kathleen Battle diva story, too!


    I’m too scared to watch this video, though I like knowing that it exists!

  6. Anonymous

    @drinkypuss: Ha ha, it’s true, I can get a little bit fanatical, like a certain band’s fanbase. That said, I could see myself peppering a board or two with requests for a copy of this show.

  7. Anonymous

    @the rich girls are weeping: Interesting counterpoint in that link. I can see both points of view, and feel slightly shamed by the author of the piece, although not too much.

  8. I think your post is great, thanks a lot!

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