President-elect Donald Trump demands an apology from the cast of the hit Broadway musical ‘Hamilton’ after a cast member read a statement to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who was in the audience, urging the new administration to uphold American values.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 18, 2016) (HAMILTON) – President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday (November 19) demanded the cast of the Broadway musical “Hamilton” apologize to Mike Pence, saying the vice-president-elect was “harassed” at the show when one of the actors read a statement urging the new administration to uphold American values.
Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr in the hit musical about America’s founding fathers, told Pence at the close of Friday’s performance that the cast hoped the show inspires the vice-president-elect to work on behalf of all Americans.
“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. But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values, and work on behalf of ALL of us,” Dixon said.
Pence, currently the governor of Indiana, was met with a mix of boos and cheers as he entered the Richard Rodgers Theater in Manhattan before the show.
“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 said on Twitter Saturday morning.
“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!” He said in a second message.
“Hamilton” is a musical biography of Alexander Hamilton, who rose to become the right-hand man of General George Washington, as well as a key figure in the creation of the U.S. financial system and the creator of the U.S. Coast Guard. He was killed in an 1804 duel with then Vice-President Aaron Burr.
The musical has been hailed as transforming both theater and the way Americans think about 18th century history, immigration and diversity. The show stands in contrast to some of the rhetoric Trump used during the campaign, the Times noted.