Drama on Broadway as theatergoer vomits from the balcony onto the seats below

There was more drama in the audience then  there was onstage at Thursday night’s production of the new Broadway show,  Grace.

Actors Michael Shannon, Paul Rudd, Ed Asner,  and Kate Arrington were well into performing the story of a cynical, atheist  science professor when an unidentified man in the balcony began to loudly and  violently vomit.

The disgorge went over the balcony,  showering the prime orchestra section seats directly below.

Grace

Grace: Michael Shannon, Kate Arrington, Paul Rudd and  Edward Asner’s new Broadway show had a lot of drama off the stage Thursday night  when a theatergoer vomited during the show

It’s still uncertain whether the man  was  sick or drunk as there have been conflicting reports, but  eyewitnesses said  people were attempting to get the man back to his seat when he threw up over the  balcony and collapsed.

The stench of it became ‘overwhelming ‘ and,  understandably, the people who had been vomited on got up to leave.

New York  Magazine has an eye-witness account of the scene from  theatergoer Gabe Alfassy.

‘The actors kept it together, but Paul Rudd  was trying to see what was  going on during it all, and Michael Shannon  was noticeably agitated by  what was happening and started speaking  much louder than before while  staring at the huge group in the balcony, Alfassy  wrote.

Grace

Onward: Even with a man vomiting into the crowd  Thursday’s production of Grace never stopped

Cort

Landmark: It’s still uncertain if the man who vomited  over the audience in the Cort Theater was just sick or also inebriated

‘At the end of the show, they  all made jokes  about it, Paul Rudd saying how as an actor being able to  move people to tears  or to laughter is amazing but moving them to puking is a whole different  league.’

‘Then after the show, at the stage door,  the  actors said how they almost stopped the show because they didn’t  know the  severity of the situation.’

It wasn’t until the end of the show when  actor Paul Rudd addressed the audience to ask for donations to the actors  charity fund to fight AIDS that the actor told the audience what had happened,  cracking a joke that while it was great for an actor to make someone laugh or  cry, it was truly special to make them puke.

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