On Friday evening, Vice President-elect Mike Pence took in a show — and not just any show. He stopped on Broadway, taking a seat at Lin Manuel Miranda’s smash hit “Hamilton” — but when it came time for curtain call, all eyes were on Pence rather than the award-winning cast.
During the performance, members of the audience booed Pence:
Mike Pence booed at Hamilton is exactly the type of content I come to Twitter for. pic.twitter.com/EK0pXvPxWA
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) November 19, 2016
As the cast lined the stage, performer Brandon Dixon respectfully asked the audience not to “boo,” and spoke directly to the VP-elect:
“Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you and we truly thank you for joining us here at ‘Hamilton: An American Musical.’ We really do. 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.”
While President-elect Trump responded by demanding an apology from the cast and a “safe place” in the theater:
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
Pence’s response on “Fox News Sunday” was far more restrained:
“I did hear what was said from the stage, and I can tell you I wasn’t offended by what was said. I’ll leave to others whether that was the appropriate venue to say it.”
Pence also noted that he loved the show, calling it “an incredible production with incredibly talented people” and noting that it was “a real joy to be there.”