Watch Broadway Star Laura Benanti Sing About Phone Etiquette in Theaters: "What a Disgrace"
"Why would you want to be on your phone instead of watching mother f—ing Patti LuPone? She's right in front of your face, what a disgrace, not to mention all that money you wasted."
Broadway has been ringing lately — and Laura Benanti has had enough.
The stage actress — who also appears on Nashville and Go On and is returning to Broadway this spring in She Loves Me with Josh Radnor and Jane Krakowski — penned a song with acoustic duo The Skivvies to try to combat the slew of cellphone interruptions plaguing New York theaters as of late.
"We're acting, we're singing/ Is that your phone that's ringing?/ Don't you realize that that thing should be turned off?/ Unless you are the president of these United States/ There's nothing happening on your iPhone that can't wait./ So look up," she sings. "Why would you want to be on your phone/ Instead of watching mother f—ing Patti LuPone?/ She's right in front of your face, what a disgrace/ Not to mention all that money you wasted."
The band uploaded the track, entitled "Look Up," after LuPone snatched a phone out of a texting audience member's hands during a performance of Shows for Days (and threatened to quit theater afterward), and a theatergoer attempted to charge his phone onstage at a Hand to God performance.
Watch the video below.