Patti LuPone doubles down after F-word mask tirade, Broadway backs her

She is in good “company”.

Broadway bigwigs are supporting Patti LuPone after she was caught on camera slapping a maskless theatergoer on Tuesday night.

The stage icon, 73, yelled at the bared-faced patron after a performance of her hit musical “Company.” rude recordings subsequently went viral on social media.

The explosive incident divided the internet, with some experts claiming it was the veteran performer “not polite,” “vulgar” and “disrespectful.”

But on Wednesday, LuPone doubled down — and was backed by the producers of her play.

In a tweet shared to Official Twitter page of the “company”.the production shared a GIF of LuPone gesturing at her face while forming the words, “Wear a mask.”

The Broadway League, which represents the owners of 41 Broadway venues, requires all visitors to wear a face covering at shows. The policy will be revised next month.

Meanwhile, the musical’s lead producer, Chris Harper, said in a later statement the entire production is behind the star.

“Throughout her colorful career, Patti has always had an unwavering bond with audiences, and she takes her role as seriously as her own,” Harper said, according to Deadline.

“She is also a passionate advocate for the entire theater workforce. We stand with Patti and support her efforts to keep our entire community — from guests to ushers, cast to stage crew — safe and healthy so we can keep Broadway open,” he added.

LuPone’s tirade came during a talkback session that took place after a Tuesday night performance of “Company.”

“Put your mask over your nose – that’s why you’re in the theater,” LuPone was heard lecturing the bare-faced patron in the now-viral video posted to Twitter.

LuPone was caught on camera yelling at the maskless audience.  Video of the explosive moment went viral on Twitter.
LuPone was caught on camera yelling at the maskless audience. Video of the explosive moment went viral on Twitter.

The two-time Tony winner – who battled COVID-19 in February – subsequently blown up: “That is the rule. If you don’t want to follow the rule, get the f–k out!”

The audience erupted in cheers as LuPone continued, “Who do you think you are? That you don’t respect the people sitting around you?”

But the maskless woman in the audience wasn’t taking LuPone’s dressing-down lightly, and could be heard yelling back, “I’m paying your salary!”

“Bulls – – t! Chris Harper pays my salary!” the Broadway icon raged in response.

LuPone officials declined the Post’s request for comment.

Masked!  LuPone is pictured with her son Joshua and husband Matthew on the opening night of "company" last December.
Masked! LuPone is pictured with her son Joshua and husband Matthew at the Company’s opening night in December.
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Meanwhile, it’s not the first time LuPone has let her temper get the better of her on stage, starting with an infamous tongue swipe she gave a photographer during a 2009 performance of Stephen Sondheim’s acclaimed Gypsy.

In 2015, in the middle of a performance of “Shows for Days,” LuPone approached a writing theatergoer and snatched his cell phone from his hand.

The stage legend afterwards told Playbill, “We work hard on stage to create a world that is being utterly devastated by a few rude, selfish and inconsiderate viewers controlled by their phones.”

Patti LuPone and Katrina Lenk star "company" On Broadway.
Patti LuPone and Katrina Lenk star in Company on Broadway.

LuPone has built a reputation as a Broadway diva over the decades, even threatening to leave 2002 comedy “Noises Off” after she reportedly suffered a “convulsive hissing fit.”

In 1994, Andrew Lloyd Webber fired her from his production of Sunset Boulevard.

LuPone then sued Webber for $1 million and used the funds to build a swimming pool on her Connecticut property.

The cheeky star dubbed it: “The Andrew Lloyd Webber Memorial Pool.”

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