Last Monday, October 14, Lea Salonga aired out her dismay on theatergoers during the production of Sweeney Todd who used phones while the show was ongoing.
On her Facebook page, the theater actress told theatre phone users to "keep your arse at home" if they do not follow simple rules.
“If you can’t stay off your phone for a few hours, do us all a favor and don’t come to the theater. Not only are you a distraction to the actors, but you’re also a nuisance to the other patrons sitting around you that actually want to be there. If you’re only going to show off that you can afford it, but don’t actually possess the manners, keep your arse at home,” she said.
“We’ve been trying so hard with the cellphone advisories on social media and in the theater. And even with our own unique take that happens just before the orchestral downbeat. Our ushers are also working hard, telling you twice to put your phone away. TWICE! But you’re just either too dense or entitled to think that it applies to you, it seems,” she added.
Lea's rant came after her performance as Mrs. Lovett in Atlantis Theatrical's musical adaptation of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street which premiered at The Theater At Solaire. The show will run until October 27.
In another Facebook post, Lea described the rule-breakers she witnessed as "entitled, moronic c***s"
“And still, despite everything, there were folks using their cellphones during Sweeney Todd. I hope the earth opens up and swallows you whole, you entitled, moronic c***s,” she said.
Lea's dismay over such an act is not new. The award-winning Broadway star previously condemned phone usage inside theaters many times in the past.
Back on April 6, she posted a rant on Facebook, slamming phone users during concerts and theater productions, saying they have "zero manners, zero breeding, and zero empathy."
“If all you’re gonna do while sitting in the front row of a play is hunch over your phone, do everyone a favor and leave. Your presence is disruptive and disrespectful to the actors and the audience. Take your entitled ass somewhere else,” she said on the post.
“Money may get you theater tickets and your state of the art cellphone, but it can’t buy you class,” she concluded.