Sunday, July 21, 2024

Broadway Star Patti Lupone Says It’s the “Rotavirus,” Not COVID, That’s Kept “Company” Down


Whatever you do, don’t say Patti Lupone has COVID. She has the runs. That’s right. stomach virus, diarrhea, or as she calls it, the “rotavirus.”

In a scathing social media post this evening, Lupone, star of “Company” on Broadway, explains why the show has been in so much distress lately. They’ve canceled a number of performances.

Lupone writes that two other actors also got the stomach virus. She says of her own case: “My toilet can confirm this.”

Meantime, the virus has spread to the crew and “We currently cannot field a crew of stagehands to run the show safely.”

Here’s her post:

I’m sure people will think Patti is full of you know what, but no one posts a statement like this if it’s not true. Just everyone get better at “Company,” Patti included, “Company” is a gem and audiences love it and her!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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