New face in NYC

By: Caitlin Moynihan, Columnist 

Congratulations! If you’re reading this that means you survived Hurricane Joaquin and probably freaked out more than necessary.

While I bought an excessive amount of milk to cater to my cereal needs, the fabulous celebrities of Hollywood continued to live their lives no matter how much the rain and wind threatened to ruin their plans.

In the recent years, some of the biggest stars have traveled east to fulfill their Broadway dreams in The Big Apple.

The newest member of the Broadway squad is Keira Knightley, who made her Broadway debut this weekend in the play “Thérèse Raquin,” at Studio 54 by the Roundabout Theatre Company.

Knightley has previously starred in plays on the West End, but was welcomed in a rather interesting way during her first stage performance in the States.

Only a few moments after the play began, a young male fan ran to the front railing of the mezzanine and began to shout at Knightley directly.

While he was shouting about not having a lot of time to talk to Knightley, he proposed they get married and waved around a bouquet of roses.

The man was promptly escorted, and neither Knightley nor her cast mates ever batted an eye. The play continued without a hitch and I was left with a few questions.

My main concern was why the man, who obviously loved Knightley a great deal, would settle for a seat in the mezzanine and not splurge for an orchestra seat.

I also wonder whatever heinous things could occur due to the disruptive theater audience members there.

Knightley and cast were not the first, nor will they be the last, to fall victim to the clueless.

Earlier this year, an audience member climbed on stage during a show to attempt to plug their phone charger into a fake plug on the set. Another member was caught using their cell phone to make a phone call and was called out by one of the leading actors.

As a Broadway lover who has seen over 30 shows, I am begging you to not be that person at the theater.

As much as I was completely fangirling when I saw Vanessa Hudgens in “Gigi,” it is important to consider the circumstances and save the freak-out when you can meet your favorite celebrity at the stage-door.

Stage actors work incredibly hard and deserve as much respect and accolades as the stars who appear on our TV screens every week.

Who knows, maybe we’ll see Zac Efron or Mindy Kaling make the switch to the Great White Way

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