Man jumps onto stage of Broadway play to charge his iPhone in fake outlet video

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Nick Silvestri's iPhone 6 was dying right before a Broadway play was about to start - so he jumped on the stage to try and use a (fake) outlet.

It's not bad enough people's ringing smartphones are interrupting live theatre - now audience members are even disrupting performances to charge their smartphones, too.

In a move that needs to be seen to be believed - but thankfully, there's video, this being 2015 - a US college student jumped onto the stage of a Broadway play in New York just as it was about to start to charge his iPhone 6.

"The crew had to stop the precook music, remove the cellphone , and make an announcement as to why you can't do that," audience member Chris York wrote on Facebook, according to

Nick Silvestri says it wasn't a dare or a joke - he just really needed to charge his phone.

Nick Silvestri says it wasn't a dare or a joke - he just really needed to charge his phone.

"Truly. I am a quiet and reserved person and I took great joy in loudly heckling the idiot when he returned to take his phone back. Moron."

It wasn't even a working outlet — just a nonfunctional prop for the play.

As video of the audacious July 2 deed at the Booth Theatre went viral, 19-year-old Nick Silvestri of Seaford, Long Island, confessed that he was the one pictured.

"Girls were calling all day," Nick Silvestri (centre) said. "What would you do?"

"Girls were calling all day," Nick Silvestri (centre) said. "What would you do?"

It wasn't a joke or a dare, the lacrosse-playing community college student told - he just really needed to charge his iPhone 6. It was down to 5 per cent juice after a busy day in the big city with his friends and some cousins from California.

"Girls were calling all day," he said. "What would you do?"

Earlier Silvestri had tried to plug it into the USB port of a big-screen TV at a restaurant lounge while he dined, but was yelled at by the manager.

He was seated in the orchestra section when he spotted the prop outlet "and ran for it".

"That was the only outlet I saw, so I thought, 'Why not?' I was thinking that they were probably going to plug something in there on the set, and I figured it wouldn't be a big deal if my phone was up there too."

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But members of the audience shouted and several security guards came running, Silvestri told Playbill.

"So I hopped off the stage. They were pretty mad. They said, 'What were you thinking?' I said, 'Hey, buddy, what's the problem?'"

He then asked the guards if he jump back on the stage and get his phone.

"They said, ' Are you crazy?" and got it for him.

According to Broadwayadjacent , Silvestri then asked, "Well, where can I charge it?"

The teenager was never able to charge it that night - but the theatre did let him stay after his mother profusely apologised.

The drama delayed the play's opening by about five minutes and led to some cast members tweeting about it.

A guy jumped on the stage and plugged his phone into the fake outlet on our set just before we started. @HandtoGodBway #fullmoon or #idiot ?
    — Sarah Stiles (@Lulubellestiles) July 3, 2015
        Dear general audience, an electrical socket that's a part of the set of the play is NOT for you to charge your iPhone.....just an FYI.....

    — Marc Kudisch (@MarcKuds) July 4, 2015
        But designer Beowulf Boritt, who designed the hyper-realistic church basement set for the play about a demonic hand puppet, is taking it as a compliment of sorts.

"It's not the easiest thing to go climb on stage. It takes a concerted effort—and I do it all the time," Boritt told Vanity Fair.

"It's certainly the first time anyone has gone onto one of my sets and tried to use it as a real space."

"Does this give me a new standard? It'll keep me from ever putting a toilet on stage."


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An Otago University student was so desperate to charge his cellphone he wandered across in front of his lecturer in full flow

Silvestri may have a kindred spirit in New Zealand.

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Footage shot in an Otago University lecture theatre and uploaded to Facebook in September last year appears to show a student wandering to the front of the lecture theatre to plug his phone in.

The lecturer is lost for words as the class finds the whole thing hilarious. Naturally, the incident was filmed, suggesting this was not an entirely spontaneous act.

The student, Josh Mo, later posted on the page: "1% battery. Had no choice, important conversation with my mum".

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