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WATCH: Patti LuPone Reenacts Legendary Phone Grab

WATCH: Patti LuPone Reenacts Legendary Phone Grab

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The Broadway star showed audiences on Thursday night how it all went down.

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Actress Patti LuPone has never been known as a shrinking violet, and she cemented her ballbuster status this week when she snatched the cellphone from a young woman texting throughout Wednesday evening's performance of Douglas Carter Beane's Show for Days at New York's Mitzi Newhouse Theatre.

After news of LuPone's phone intervention went viral, LuPone decided to sub in for ushers on the Thursday night show who usually warn audiences to put away their electronic devices. She smiled and laughed through the recreation describing how the woman kept her phone on throughout the entire performance.

LuPone also described Wednesday night's incident to The New York Times:

"This woman -- a very pretty young woman -- was sitting with her boyfriend or husband. We could see her text. She was so uninterested. She showed her husband what she was texting. We talked about it at intermission. When we went out for the second act I was very close to her, and she was still texting. I watched her and thought, "What am I going to do?" At the very end of that scene, we all exit. What I normally do is shake the hand of the people in the front row. I just walked over to her, shook her hand and took her phone. I walked offstage and handed it to the stage manager, who gave it to the house manager."

The phone was returned after the show, reports The Times.

Appearing on Good Morning America on Friday, LuPone was told her bold move earlier this week was embraced by the public.

"I just wish they'd just turn the phone off," she said. Watch LuPone in action, via Towleroad.

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Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.
Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.