Smartphones have changed society in ways we probably haven’t even realized yet, but for Broadway performers those glowing screens are a distraction and a nuisance — even more so when the people glued to their phones throughout the performance happen to be celebrities.
Jarrod Spector, who portrays Sonny Bono in the just-opened “The Cher Show” on Broadway, took to Twitter to call out one such celebrity for being focused on his phone throughout the show: Kanye West.
“Hey @kanyewest so cool that you’re here at @TheCherShow,” tweeted Spector. “If you look up from your cell phone you’ll see we’re doing a show up here. It’s opening night. Kind of a big deal for us. Thanks so much.”
Spector’s tweet received a LOT of positive response. Check out this sampling:
Shortly after Spector issued his tweet, West responded with a sort-of apology, asking Spector to “please pardon my lack of etiquette,” adding: “We have so much appreciation for the energy you guys put into making this master piece [sic].”
Back in 2015, Broadway icon Patti Lupone famously halted a performance at Lincoln Center when she noticed a woman in the audience texting, ultimately strolling into the audience to snatch the phone from her hands and unleash her fury. Luckily, audio of Lupone’s rant was recorded: