Audra McDonald lashes out on Twitter at noisy audience member

Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis in a scene from "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" at New York's Richard Rodgers Theatre.
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Audra McDonald, the four-time Tony-winning actress, has taken to Twitter to blast a noisy audience member at a recent performance of “The Gershwins’ ‘Porgy and ‘Bess’ ” at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York.

McDonald lashed out Wednesday evening on her Twitter account at the unknown individual for “crinkling ur bag of chips like it was a musical instrument.” The actress plays Bess in the revisionist revival of the classic musical, which opened on Broadway in December.

“if I can get through the 1st act w/out chips, so can you,” McDonald wrote. (The actress referred to her love of chips in a recent interview with The Times.)

The actress apparently was tweeting during a break in the performance. She later tweeted: “Forgive the bad grammar in my angry stop crinkling ur chips tweet & Mr/Ms audience member? Enjoy ur chips all u want now. It’s intermission.”


McDonald is the latest Broadway star to criticize an audience member for rude behavior. Patti LuPone holds the gold standard in that department, having halted live shows a number of times to berate people for taking pictures and using mobile devices.

Other actors who have stopped live shows in order to chew out inconsiderate audience members include Hugh Jackman, Laurence Fishburne and Kevin Spacey.


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