Patti LuPone on getting hit in head with roses at ‘Company’


Patti LuPone got hit over the head with gratitude — literally — after an outstanding performance of her new Broadway musical, “Company.”

A video posted on Instagram Wednesday by one of the show’s stars, Claybourne Elder, showed an audience member threw a bouquet of roses at Lupone’s head when she took a bow at curtain call.

Other audience members, meanwhile, gave the Broadway icon a standard standing ovation.

The 72-year-old first appeared to be in shock but then laughed off the flowery blunder.

Elder, 39, captioned the clip, “Hit in the head with roses. This is the moment a fan did what we all want to do at the end of Ladies Who Lunch: throw roses at Patti Lupone’s head in adoration.”

LuPone exclusively tells Page Six that any attention the video of the incident gets should be to give others “a good laugh.”

“Why did the video go viral unless it was to give people a good laugh and a release from the insanity of the world right now, which I’m all for,” she says. “But I think we need to school people who want to throw roses to the stage to aim for the feet, not the head. And 

take the thorns off!”

LuPone — who is not very active on Instagram — did not repost the video on social media, but Elder’s followers had plenty to say about the viral moment.

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Patti LuPone seemed to take the rose-throwing in stride after she was hit in the head at curtain call.
John Lamparski

Broadway actress Amber Iman commented, “I really need to know what kinda savage, raised by wolves, is carrying around LOOSE roses…to throw… at Pattiiiiiiii… ????.”

Another user added, “Omg did she have them removed! ????.”

A third wrote, “BAHAHAHA!!!! I’m cackling!”

According to Hunt Magazine, throwing roses at an artist after a performance is actually a big compliment.

The publication notes the act is “perhaps the most public and visible way of saying thanks to an artist for a superb performance,” explaining, “The tradition of the affectionate flower toss began long ago and carries an elaborate social history.”

LuPone plays the starring role of Joanne in “Company.”
Bruce Glikas

LuPone made her Broadway debut in 1973 in “Three Sisters” and has been acting ever since. The theater icon has won two Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and two Grammy Awards and was a 2006 inductee to the American Theater Hall of Fame.

“Company,” a revival for the original play by the late Stephen Sondheim and George Furth, opened in December 2021. The Post called the musical “a smart, funny, human revival about the highs and lows of being alive that actually feels alive” and dubbed it “the Broadway show to see right now.”