Despite a constant association between Madonna and the LGBT community, not every gay man is quite as obsessed with the pop star as stereotypes would have you believe.
Looking star and openly-gay actor Jonathan Groff recently sat down with Four Two Nine to talk about the amount of celebrity attention that his most recent performance in Hamilton on Broadway has gotten. While he positively commented on the appearances that Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama made, Jonathan specifically called out Madonna for her poor theater etiquette when she attended one of the shows.
“That b***h was on her phone. You couldn’t miss it from the stage. It was a black void of the audience in front of us and her face there perfectly lit by the light of her iPhone through three-quarters of the show. What was funny about it was that she was there that Saturday night, but at that Saturday matinee Michelle Obama was there. We were collecting for Broadway Cares after the show, and Mrs. Obama stayed in the audience while the Broadway Cares speech happened, and Lin called her out and the audience applauded for her. Then she came backstage and hugged every crew member—the wig girl, all the costume people, every cast member. She said to us—and this is a direct quote—’This is the greatest piece of art I’ve ever seen.’ It’s crazy. I’ve never been a part of a theatrical experience in which you have in the audience Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama and Bernadette Peters and Busta Rhymes and Black Thought and Jimmy Fallon and Dick Cheney.”
Groff’s statement confirms rumors that circulated when Madonna came to see Hamilton. Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda deleted a tweet where she called out Madonna for her texting activities, reported Playbill.
“Tonight was the first time I asked stage management NOT to allow a celebrity (who was texting all through Act 2) backstage. #noselfieforyou”
Even though that evidence disappeared, another audience member tweeted her disappointment at Madonna’s behavior.
— Casey Erin Clark (@caseyerinclark) April 19, 2015
Despite all the receipts — including from Jonathan Groff himself — showing up to the contrary, Madonna’s rep told Us Weekly that the whole thing was totally untrue.
“It’s not true. She was invited backstage four different times. She texted post show when they were doing their fundraising pitch. Madonna had already made a generous donation.”
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