Hamilton, the hip-hop musical based on the life of noted Founding Father and face (for now) of the $10 bill Alexander Hamilton, has widely been called the hottest ticket in town. But when Madonna saw it back in April, she received quite the cold reception thanks to her crippling cell phone addiction.
Madge was clocked for texting in the middle of the show by Hamilton's author and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda. The Tony-winner urged the audience to donate to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS while mentioning that someone in the audience could afford to pay a lot for an item he was auctioning off -- someone who had been doing a lot of texting.
Miranda also denied Madonna's request to come backstage -- the first time he's had to do that to a celebrity. In an interview with dot429, Jonathan Groff -- who has a much buzzed about role as King George in the play -- was asked if he was broken up about missing his chance to meet the Material Girlish Woman.
"No" the former Looking star said. "Because that bitch 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."
Groff continues to heap on the shade by mentioning that other busy, high-profile people managed to keep their phones away and their manners present:
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 . . .
When Dick Cheney is getting better PR than you, it's time to make some life decisions. Groff, however, is not the only person to find fault with Madge's phone faux pas.
In 2013, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain banned the pop icon after she was seen texting during 12 Years a Slave. Seriously. She apparently snapped a photo while in the middle of an SNL sketch, then posting it to Instagram, also in 2013. Some have even called for an intervention to keep the 57-year-old diva off her phone and away from the interwebs.
Obviously, it's not easy being Madonna. The amount of energy she expends just to stay relevant could power a small country, but if two First Ladies of the United States can keep off of their phones for a few hours, maybe, I don't know, "chill out" -- as the kids would say. After all, you gotta talk to Madonna in the language she pretends to understand.