A musical in England was shuttered when rowdy audience members refused to stop singing loudly.
"The Bodyguard" was stopped 10 minutes before it finished when two people were removed from the venue.
The incident has sparked debates about the conduct of audiences at musicals.
A theater performance of the musical "The Bodyguard" was halted when audience members singing loudly over the show's star had to be thrown out.
The musical "The Bodyguard," which features hit songs by Whitney Houston, had to be stopped 10 minutes before it finished when two women were removed from the Palace Theatre, one of the main theaters in Manchester, northwest England, Sky News reports.
According to Sky News, Six police officers attended the scene.
Videos on social media show the audience members singing raucously over the iconic song "I Will Always Love You."
The former Pussycat Dolls star, Actor Melody Thornton, who plays the lead role in "The Bodyguard," apologized to fans after the incident in an Instagram post and said the disruptive element was not "respectful."
Thornton had to stop singing the big final number twice due to the rowdy audience members shouting and singing, reports said.
@ukrealnews Audience member removed from Palace Theatre Manchester during performance of "The Bodyguard".#manchester #northwest #uk #palacetheatremanchester ♬ original sound - me
Later footage shows people chanting "out, out, out" and then loudly applauding when the disruptive audience members are escorted out of the theatre.
One person wrote on Twitter, "Went to The Palace Theatre in Manchester to watch "The Bodyguard" and a bunch of entitled pricks starting singing over the lead during the final song. A riot broke out, the show was canceled, and the police were called."
—Sky News (@SkyNews) April 9, 2023
The incident has sparked debates about the conduct of audiences at musicals, with a number of people flooding to social media to say that singing over professional performers is disrespectful.
Last week, a survey by the UK's Broadcasting, Entertainment, Communications, and Theatre Union revealed that 90% of its members had experienced anti-social behavior, often from drunken theater-goers.
Mass brawls, violent assaults, and people urinating in fire exits were some examples of unacceptable behavior that front-of-house theater staff said they had experienced.
70% believed the issue has worsened since the COVID-19 pandemic, according to The Guardian.
Performer and TikToker Catherine Cornwall made a video expressing her frustration at rowdy audience members.
Cornwall said: "Do you have any idea how difficult it is to try and stay in tune and stay in time when you are belting, and there are 50 drunk people singing the words wrong and out of tune?"
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