‘Hamilton’ cast urges Pence to ‘uphold our American values’

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — Vice president-elect Mike Pence became part of the show Friday when he attended a performance of “Hamilton” in New York and was directly addressed by the cast.

Word spread on social media that Pence was in the house for the hit Broadway show, and during the curtain call, cast member Brandon Dixon, who portrays Aaron Burr, urged Pence to “work on behalf of all of us.”

“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. “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. Thank you.”

Dixon, who urged the audience not to boo Pence, said the show was performed by “a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds and orientations.”

The crowd loudly cheered and applauded Dixon’s remarks.

President-elect Donald Trump did not give the remarks a good review.

“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!” Trump tweeted Saturday morning.

Dixon soon replied, “@realDonaldTrump conversation is not harassment sir. And I appreciate @mike_pence for stopping to listen.”

Former Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway also weighed in on Twitter, saying Pence deserved “respect and a peaceful night out with his nephew and daughter.”

Pence, who has been in New York to assist with Trump’s transition, was greeted inside the theater earlier in the night by a mixed chorus of applause and boos.

Messages left with Pence representatives were not immediately returned Friday.

Despite Trump’s harsh rebuke of the confrontation, Dixon’s rhetoric was not dissimilar to remarks Trump himself has made in the past about uniting the country.

“I’m asking America to join me in dreaming big and bold, and dream for wonderful things in our future. Let’s close the history books on the failures in Washington and let’s open a new chapter of success and prosperity for all of our people. We have a divided nation, a seriously divided nation. All of our people — that is how we will truly make American great again,” Trump said in Washington last month.

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is no stranger to politics, having backed Hillary Clinton during this year’s election cycle. In addition to endorsing Clinton, Miranda held a benefit showing of the musical in July, where admission to the show supported the Clinton campaign — some tickets reportedly went for as much as $10,000.

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12 comments

  • steve

    Gotta throw the race card before Pence is even in office. Laying out all the things that Pence has to do, while failing to mention what the “diverse” Americans have to do. Typical liberal strategy. Put the onus on the other side first.

  • Kevin Rahe

    What these folks need to realize is that anti-discrimination statutes are intended to protect individuals, which means that an act of discrimination is not a violation of such laws unless it could apply to a single person.

  • Bob

    Hamilton cast was wrong to bring anything to Vice president-elect Mike Pence attention at the theater. People don’t go the theater to hear a bunch of people voice their personal complaints.
    Did the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that the new administration will not protect them vote.

    The election is over, live with it. Consider giving up your deviant life style.

    • steve

      Agreed. Ever hear of a conservative pulling the same stunt? I can’t think of one. Whether it’s an actor or musician or sports personality, they all think that the all the world is a stage for them to spew their liberal crap, and expect everybody to make them rich whether the “audience” agrees with them or not

    • Robert

      People don’t go to public events to hear idiots yelling at players from the stands, drunks acting like idiots, or parents cursing at coaches, but it happens. Live with it. According to popular vote numbers, they did vote.

  • DrGoatse

    Why Don’t The Niqqers In The Cast Hold Up To There Moral Values… Get Off The Public Housing, Welfare And Food Stamps/EBT Cards etc… Stop Doing & Selling Drugs! Stop Having 10 Kids With Several Different Baby Daddies! Keep Tabs On Your Kids Make Them Go To School And Don’t Let Them Run Rampant Selling & Doing Drugs! It All Starts With You People… Phuckin Animals!

  • Hampster

    If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen! There is a thing called freedom of speech! This was a very civil request, what is the problem with that? Last time I checked, we were still a democracy, at least until Jan. 20…