Alim Kheraj
July 31, 2017 1:49 am

While he might be slaying it on Broadway right now, Panic! at the Disco’s Brendon Urie won’t be meeting fans after performances of Kinky Boots any more since things have begun to get way out of control.

Brendon Urie’s run on the breakout Broadway hit began in May, causing a sales spike in tickets for the musical, which is about the story of factory owner Charlie Price and his unlikely friendship with a drag queen named Lola. The musical, which features music from Cindy Lauper, opened in 2012, and has since won multiple Tony Awards and legions of fans (including none other than Taylor Swift).

On Urie’s first night performing in Kinky Boots, the response from Panic! fans was pretty wild, with hundreds of people flocking to the stage door in a hope to meet their musical idol. In fact, pictures from the night look pretty overwhelming.

However, it seems that this intense fan interaction has taken its toll on Brendon Urie.

In a tweet, the singer said that he would no longer be meeting fans at the stage door

Following the tweet, some fans said that they weren’t shocked by the decision, with one stating that they were surprised it took this long for it to stop.

Explaining the decision further, longtime friend and low-key bodyguard for Urie, Zack Hall, shared on Twitter that things were just getting out of hand.

“Tonight extra sucked. I came out beforehand and did my normal blah blah blah,” he wrote. “Then Brendon came out and people immediately forgot everything I said. It got so bad at one point Brendon stopped and asked the crowd to please stop yelling at him. As I watched him continue, I could see him having a hard time because people weren’t stopping.” 

Continuing, Hall said that the crowd soon began to start shoving, which meant that he had to call it quits. He then said that, while Urie’s run on Broadway is nearly over, they have decided that “for his mental well-being” the singer wouldn’t be signing and meeting fans after the shows any longer.

Brendon Urie’s move comes after Being Evan Hansen star Ben Platt decided that he’d stop meeting fans after performances of the breakout Broadway hit, too, after things became overwhelming for him.

We’re glad that Brendon Urie is putting his mental health first. We imagine that performing eight shows a week must be pretty exhausting already, and the added pressure of screaming fans must be doubly as exhausting. What’s important is that he takes care of himself so that he’s able to perform his best each night.

Brendon Urie’s stint in Kinky Boots ends on August 6th. For tickets and more info visit here. 

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