Hamilton Cast Shares Message Of Love With Mike Pence

On Friday night, Vice President-elect Mike Pence went to the theater to see Hamilton on Broadway. On the way to his seat, Pence was booed by the crowd, as theater-goers shared on Twitter.

Here’s Pence getting booed as he gets to his seats at Hamilton pic.twitter.com/IRQG68x1sB

— David K (@dkipke12) November 19, 2016

When the show was over, there was another surprise in store for him. After the cast took their bows, actor Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr in the production currently, shared a message to Pence from the stage. He called it a message of love and asked the audience not to boo, but encouraged them to take out their phones and share the message on social media. He then read a statement that the New York Times reports was written by the show’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail, and lead producer Jeffrey Seller, with input from the cast.

“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. We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf all of us.”

A spokesman for Pence said he stayed in the theater’s lobby to hear the message but he has issued no formal statement. After the show, members of the cast, past and present, shared their thoughts.

Proud of @HamiltonMusical. Proud of @BrandonVDixon, for leading with love.
And proud to remind you that ALL are welcome at the theater.

— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 19, 2016

You all know about tonight….I’m posting to say just this:
LIVE/OWN YOUR TRUTH
LET NONE MAKE YOU FEEL SMALL
BE THE LIGHT THAT SHINES BRIGHT

— Javier Muñoz (@JMunozActor) November 19, 2016

‘Love is love is love is love is love is love’ https://t.co/jemWH0W1aj

— Lexi Lawson (@LexiLawson) November 19, 2016

We stand together. https://t.co/Y2NPgRUMzI

— Mandy Gonzalez (@_mandygonzalez) November 19, 2016

Wow! Wowwy wow wow! Sometimes you’re asked to go beyond yourself. Sometimes you get to be apart of change. Tonight @HamiltonMusical jammed!

— Seth Stewart (@IAMSethStewart) November 19, 2016

2.We did not let our audience “boo.” Why? Because you cannot change hate with hate,or fight darkness with itself. Only love can change that!

— Seth Stewart (@IAMSethStewart) November 19, 2016

I heard some people were upset, but we came to do our jobs, which is to inspire, change the minds and hearts of many, and live our dreams!

— Seth Stewart (@IAMSethStewart) November 19, 2016

Oh and by the way…

“Immigrants… We get the job done!”
(drops mic) #hamilton @HamiltonMusical

— Seth Stewart (@IAMSethStewart) November 19, 2016

I’ve never been more proud to be a part of a company. https://t.co/7Ikqlp83at

— Rory O’Malley (@RoryOMalley) November 19, 2016

The message was less enthusastically recieved by President-elect Trump, who tweeted his disapproval on Saturday morning.

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!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2016

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!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2016

Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway agreed with Trump’s sentiment.

This is so true. And @mike_pence deserves respect and a peaceful night out with his nephew and daughter. #yourvicepresident https://t.co/h38lcamWLg

— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) November 19, 2016

While Dixon directly tweeted his disagreement to Trump.

@realDonaldTrump conversation is not harassment sir. And I appreciate @mike_pence for stopping to listen.

— Brandon Victor Dixon (@BrandonVDixon) November 19, 2016

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