‘Hamilton’ Cast Addresses Mike Pence
The popular Broadway play Hamilton and Vice President elect Mike Pence are making headlines.
During Friday night’s curtain call, the Broadway cast addressed Pence, after he was heavily booed by the audience upon entry.
Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr in the show, told the audience,
Vice president-elect, I see you walking out but I hope you will hear us. There’s nothing to boo here, we’re all sharing a story of love. We welcome you, and we truly thank you for joining us here at Hamilton: An American Musical — we really do. 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.
We truly thank you for sharing this show, this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds and orientations.
He also noted that Trump supporters and non supporters don’t have to be in conflict to disagree:
We don’t have to fight one another. The beautiful part of this country is … we don’t have to agree, but we gotta live here, baby, and share with one another.
The statement was reportedly written with creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Tommy Kail and the cast at large.
Pence is known for his anti-gay legislation. As governor of Indiana, Pence opposed gay marriage, signing into law a bill that made it legal for business owners to refuse service to LGBT customers, citing religious freedom. He is also known for supporting “conversion therapy.”
Both Rory O’Malley, who plays King George, and Javier Munoz, who now plays Hamilton, are openly gay and involved in LGBT advocacy.
Trump took to Twitter on Saturday morning slamming the cast.
Miranda expressed his approval, tweeting:
Proud of Hamilton. Proud of Brandon Victor Dixon, for leading with love. And proud to remind you that ALL are welcome at the theater.
Celebs have taken to social media, weighing in.
#BoycottHamilton hashtag is also trending.
P.S. How do you feel about Pence being booed and the cast addressing him?