Aretha Franklin Was Allegedly A Huge Distraction At 'The Color Purple'

Entertainment | 12/22/2015 | 10:30 AM EST

Witnesses say Franklin was late to the performance and wouldn't stop taking pictures

Theatergoers at a recent performance of The Color Purple were none too happy with a particular audience member who was allegedly a huge distraction throughout the show. Her name? Aretha Franklin.

From Page Six:

"According to a witness, Franklin showed up late to a performance at the Jacobs Theatre, took up six seats around her and began holding her phone in the air to snap photos of the show — and that was all before intermission!

'She arrived a few minutes late with four bodyguards. One to sit in front, one behind, and one on either side. The prime orchestra seat in front of her was empty,' entertainment writer Brandon Voss posted to Facebook friends.

Then, 'During the opening number she began taking photos on her phone, lifting it high and proud, much to the murmuring disgust of those around us,' Voss reported. Then an 'older white lady' in the audience began 'gesturing wildly for her to put down the phone, letting her bodyguard know it wasn’t allowed.'

That’s when an usher arrived, and 'It took her an eternity, but she finally shut it down.'"

Attendees finally realized the woman causing the disturbance was none other than the Queen of Soul. Before the second act began, Voss said fans began to approach the singer, in awe of her presence.

After the show, Franklin met with the cast of the show, which includes Jennifer Hudson, Cynthia Erivo and Danielle Brooks. A rep for The Color Purple said, "Aretha attended the show with a party of six . . . I don't have any knowledge of her taking photos during the show."

(Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

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