Rude Broadway audiences are starting to become a thing now, so it may not come as a surprise that Madonna recently appropriated it at a preview for the new Broadway show, Hamilton.
KS: It was certainly the hottest ticket in town when it was at the Public and will be again on Broadway. Were you disappointed the night Madonna was there but was barred from coming back afterward by Lin-Manuel?
JG: No. Because that bitch was on her phone. You couldn’t miss it from the stage. It was a black void of the audience in front of us and her face there perfectly lit by the light of her iPhone through three-quarters of the show. What was funny about it was that she was there that Saturday night, but at that Saturday matinee Michelle Obama was there. We were collecting for Broadway Cares after the show, and Mrs. Obama stayed in the audience while the Broadway Cares speech happened, and Lin called her out and the audience applauded for her. Then she came backstage and hugged every crew member—the wig girl, all the costume people, every cast member. She said to us—and this is a direct quote—“This is the greatest piece of art I’ve ever seen.” It’s crazy. I’ve never been a part of a theatrical experience in which you have in the audience Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama and Bernadette Peters and Busta Rhymes and Black Thought and Jimmy Fallon and Dick Cheney . .
And you know what, I get it. It’s super annoying to lose your place on Instagram! I’d guess even more so when the actors you presumably paid money to watch act won’t like, stop and wait for you to be ready. God, service these days.
But she was blocked from going back stage! Literally, Dick Cheney was there and Madonna was the worst person in the audience. Bitch, that’s impressive.