Anyone fortunate enough to attend a theatrical spectacle on Broadway should heed the following advice: turn off your cellphone before the performance, and for crying out loud don’t take photos of the actors while they’re onstage.
That’s what an unidentified theatregoer learned the hard way during a recent performance of “Sunset Boulevard” when star Glenn Close put the brakes on the entire show to chastise a snap-happy fan who was taking pics in the audience, reports the New York Post.
The incident occurred, notes the Post, during a Wednesday matinee of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, based on the 1950 movie starring Gloria Swanson as a deranged former silent-movie star.
“I’m sorry. Stop the show. Someone there is taking photos,” Close reportedly snapped, calling out the individual.
“You must know how distracting and disrespectful that is,” she continued. “Now, we can have a show or we can have a photo shoot.”
Having sufficiently shamed the shutterbug, Close then restarted the performance. “OK, let’s take it from the top of the song,” she commanded.
The six-time Oscar nominee is far from the first Broadway performer to call out a phone-obsessed member of the audience. Back in 2015, Patti Lupone — then appearing in “Shows for Days” at NYC’s Lincoln Center — spied a theatregoer texting during her performance, and strolled up and grabbed the phone from the person’s hands.