This has been edited to include the Music Hall's side.
Let me be brutally frank... I think things have gotten a little out of hand. Allow me first describe what happened from my perspective.
It was the second half of the show... I was in the middle of singing "I'd Give My Life For You" when the strange and unfamiliar noise first emerged. I was startled and a bit frightened. After the number was completed and when the applause died down, I asked the audience where the sound was coming from, and those seated on the house left side all pointed to the outside. So, in the spirit of levity and humor, I said, "I thought Halloween was over, that's scary" and "I'm a Filipino-Catholic, I get spooked easily." I was scared and, quite frankly, a bit spooked. My remarks were aimed at a noise, not at any individual. Anyone that was there would say the same.
No one at any point and time during the show or even immediately afterwards made me aware that there was a young lady named Eileen in attendance who was a special person, touched by my singing, thus reacting to it in the way she's accustomed. And additionally as I've just learned, no one from the Tarrytown Music Hall asked Eileen and her companions to leave the theater... it was the choice of her residence hall staff members to go. The Music Hall made every effort at ensuring her and her companions' comfort... and this was not their first visit to the Hall. To everyone at the Hall, I apologize for not finding out from you guys first what happened that evening.
I apologize for unwittingly making fun of Eileen and her co-resident. I didn't know that anyone like her was in the audience. If I and the rest of the audience were made aware that we had guests with special needs in attendance, I believe that much understanding and compassion would have been exercised. I apologize for the seeming lack of it, due to our own ignorance of the realities of the evening.
To Eileen and her staffers, family and friends, I do hope you find it in your hearts to forgive me, and that one day you will be able to once again attend my concerts and shows. As for me, I'll know to be more aware and sensitive at my future performances.