Mike Pence Booed At “Hamilton.” The Cast Asks Him To Govern For Us ALL (Video)
Many musicians, athletes, and celebrities have been theatergoers at Broadway’s Hamilton. Last night (November 18), United States Vice President-elect Mike Pence was the latest notable attendee at the play created by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Presently serving as Indiana’s governor, Pence was the recipient of boos from fellow ticket-holders who noticed him. However, actors—in character—also addressed the apparent highest profile guest in the Richard Rodgers Theater Friday.
“We, sir—we—are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights,” said cast member Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays “Aaron Burr.” “We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.”
Hamilton also released video through social media of the very rare, and specifically pointed break from the award-winning script:
At the time of his message, Pence had already begun exiting the theater, leaving his seat. According to Good Morning America, the governor digested the statement, as heard through speakers, before leaving the building.
According to New York Times theater critic Patrick Healy, the cast statement was written by Miranda, who reportedly wrote it upon learning of the politician’s plans to attend.
Pence and President-elect Donald Trump have been met with criticism this month—by environmentalists, humanitarians, and multiple cultural groups.
It was Trump, however, who this morning (November 19), criticized Hamilton. The newly-elected US President called the theatrical message “rude,” and demanded an apology. Hamilton and its cast have not granted Mike Pence or Donald Trump the requested apology.
Miranda was in music news earlier this week. The writer, actor, and MC did not seek an apology when he told Marc Maron’s WTF podcast that he was bullied in high school by Rap peer Immortal Technique. Instead, after detailing the physical abuse, Lin congratulated the Viper Records founder calling it “nothing but love.” Tech’, who has since solidified an independent career since his days at the Upper East Side school, did respond, claiming the two are now friends.
Hamilton is releasing an official mixtape, featuring music from The Roots, Busta Rhymes, and Joell Ortiz, as well as Chance The Rapper, Queen Latifah, and Nas.