'Evita' star Patti LuPone knocks Trump's balcony moment post-hospitalization

Broadway actress Patti LuPone is knocking President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Illinois House passes bill that would mandate Asian-American history lessons in schools Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he MORE's "Evita"-esque moment when he took to the South Portico Balcony after returning from the hospital to the White House.

Trump was discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday, following three days of treatment there for COVID-19. Cameras captured him walking up the stairs to the White House residence and — in a move that drew widespread condemnation — removing his face mask.

Footage of him looking out at and saluting Marine One from atop the balcony was included as part of a dramatic video Trump tweeted out shortly after his return to the White House.


The moment was reminiscent of one of the most famous scenes from "Evita," Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical based on former Argentine first lady Eva Perón's life. In the scene from the show, Perón stands on the balcony of the Casa Rosada before belting out the iconic song "Don't Cry for Me Argentina."

LuPone, who won a Tony Award in 1980 for her starring role as Perón, mocked Trump in a tweet on Monday, quipping, "This revival is closing November 3rd."

LuPone has been a longtime critic of Trump, saying in 2017 of the president, "I hate the motherf---er." The 71-year-old performer slammed the Trump administration's handling of the coronavirus response in an interview earlier this year, saying, "This country is doomed."

Trump has said he's a fan of "Evita," writing in 2004 that he had seen it six times.

—Updated at 2:13 p.m.