Friday, May 27, 2022

Audra McDonald Slams Theater Patron Who Snapped Photo of Her During Nude Sex Scene on Broadway

Michael Shannon, Audra McDonald
Michael Shannon, Audra McDonald

*Actress Audra McDonald is calling out the person in the audience of her Broadway show “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune” for snapping a photo of the star onstage when she appeared naked in a sex scene with Michael Shannon.

As noted by Page Six, the Terrence McNally play opens with full-frontal nudity and simulated sex.

“To whoever it was in the audience that took a flash photo during our nude scene today: Not cool. Not cool at all,” the six-time Tony winner tweeted after the show on Sunday.

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A rep for the production told Page Six: “There is a no-photo policy . . . In terms of normal process, if someone is spotted taking a picture or video, an usher or house management staff member will ask them to erase the photos/videos.”

They are then “asked to show their ‘deleted’ folder and empty it so there is no record of it still on the phone. If they refuse to hand over their camera, they are asked to leave.”

It’s unclear whether the nude of McDonald was erased, but the rep added, “The ushers are also always on the lookout for cameras.”

Meanwhile as “Frankie and Johnny” ends its run on Sunday, McDonald previously told Page Six of her role: “This is my first time [being nude onstage], so I was scared.”

But “once the show is going, you don’t think about it — you’re playing the character. It’s an important part of the story.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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