It’s been a tough week or so on Broadway. You train all your life to get to the big stage, you’re pouring your heart out up there, singing, dancing and sweating, and in the audience, the folks who probably paid a couple hundred bucks to be there are texting away like they’re hanging out at Starbucks.
A couple memorable incidents recently: one guy jumped up on stage and tried to plug his phone in to what turned out to be a fake outlet on the set.
Actress Patty LuPone grabbed a phone out of a woman’s hand during her show when the woman texted through the entire thing.
Broadway has had enough, and performers are fighting back the only way they know how: with song.
Television and Broadway actress Laura Benanti performed a little song with the Skivvies, a musical duo, about these recent events.
Seriously people, put your iPhone down.
Actually, pick it back up again, just for a second, or find a bigger screen, and check out the close-up images from Pluto that just came in Wednesday from New Horizons.
They’re amazing. And it’s not that often that we visit a new planet for the very first time.
(Close-up image of a region near Pluto’s equator/NASA/APL/SwRI via Getty Images)
Correction: A previous version of this story misstated Laura Benanti’s name. The text has been corrected.
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