The cast of Hamilton learned that VP-elect Mike Pence would be in the audience and they seized the opportunity to communicate their concerns to him. I gleaned what follows from the Washington Post story, Trump demands apology from ‘Hamilton’ after cast’s message to Pence.
After Friday evening’s performance, at which Vice President-elect Mike Pence was in the audience, several dozen of the Broadway musical’s cast zeroed in on Pence during their curtain call. Brandon Victor Dixon — the actor who played Aaron Burr — stepped forth and cut through the applause.
“You know, we have a guest in the audience this evening,” he said to audience laughter. “And Vice President-elect Pence, I see you walking out, but I hope you will hear us just a few more moments. There’s nothing to boo here, ladies and gentlemen. There’s nothing to boo here. We’re all here sharing a story of love. We have a message for you, sir. We hope that you will hear us out.”
As he pulled a small piece of paper from his pocket, Dixon encouraged people to record and share what he was about to say “because this message needs to be spread far and wide.”
“Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you, and we truly thank you for joining us here at ‘Hamilton: An American Musical.’ We really do,” Dixon said to further applause. “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, sir. But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us. All of us. Again, we truly thank you truly for seeing this show, this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds and orientations.”
You can fill in details, especially why Pence was an aptly chosen recipient of that message, at the Post’s report which also has the links to the videos.
In response, Trump tweeted
Our wonderful future V.P. Mike Pence was harassed last night at the theater by the cast of Hamilton, cameras blazing.This should not happen!
Brandon Victor Dixon, the actor who read the statement by the cast to Pence tweeted right back.
@realDonaldTrump conversation is not harassment sir. And I appreciate @mike_pence for stopping to listen.
Trump followed on his first tweet with this.
The Theater must always be a safe and special place.The cast of Hamilton was very rude last night to a very good man, Mike Pence. Apologize!
Yesterday morning (11/19) I followed with these tweets (as @mantamaki).
To @realDonaldTrump Sir: “[America] must always be a safe and special place.”
To @realDonaldTrump America should be a “safe and special place.” Which of your actions will make it so? For all.
I suggest that you retweet those and that we take as a slogan of unity, America must always be a safe and special place.