Patti LuPone claps back at Broadway theatergoer for not wearing mask: 'Who do you think you are?'

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For Patti LuPone it’s as easy as wearing a mask or exiting stage left.

LuPone, 73, wasn’t having it Tuesday after a theatergoer didn’t appear to wear their mask covering their nose. During a Q&A panel at the American Theater Wing, alongside her “Company” costars, the “American Horror Story” actress told someone in the audience to “put your mask over your nose.”

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In video clips posted to Twitter, which have quickly gone viral, the legendary Broadway actress continued to scold the patron: “That’s why you’re in the theater. That is the rule,” she said.

The current vaccination and mask policies for Broadway shows in New York City state that audiences are required to wear a mask through at least May 31. After April 30, many stopped checking vaccination status, according to the Broadway website. Audience masking protocols for June and beyond will be announced sometime this month, the website states.

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“If you don’t want to follow the rule, get the (expletive) out. I’m serious,” LuPone continued. “Who do you think you are if you do not respect the people sitting around you?”

The theatergoer didn’t stay quiet and yelled back at LuPone: “I pay your salary.”

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Patti lupone claps back at broadway theatergoer for not wearing mask: 'who do you think are?'

The Tony winner clapped back: “You pay my salary? Chris Harper pays my salary,” she responded referring to the “Company” producer.

USA TODAY has reached out to LuPone representatives for further comment.

LuPone’s impassioned comments come weeks after the Broadway star tested positive for COVID-19 in late February. “Hi Dolls. I showed up for Saturday’s matinee, tested positive for Covid with 3 tests,” she tweeted at the time. “Unfortunately, I’ll be out of the show for 10 days. I’m so sorry.”

During a March 17 appearance on “The View,” LuPone said she wore a negative COVID-19 test as a “badge of honor for over two years, and the little bugger found me.”

“It could have been worse,” she said, adding she was thankful for science and vaccines to combat the virus.

“I still take the precautions and I hope that they keep the mask mandate in the theaters for longer … we are not out of this,” LuPone said.

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LuPone was nominated for a Tony Award Monday for best performances by an actress in a featured role in a musical for her role in “Company,” the Stephen Sondheim musical comedy starring Katrina Lenk.

The Broadway star has also been awarded a Tony for her roles in “Evita” and “Gypsy.”

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