U.S. Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who attended a performance of the Broadway hit "Hamilton" on Friday, was admonished from the stage at the end of the performance. Actor Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr, the nation's third vice president, told Pence the multiracial and multicultural cast is worried about the Trump administration.
"We, sir, 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," Dixon said. "We truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us. All of us."
Pence ducked out before Dixon finished the unprecedented message. But a show spokesman said the Republican stood in the hallway outside the entrance to the auditorium and heard the full remarks. The vice president-elect's appearance at the Richard Rodgers Theatre triggered both cheers and boos when he slipped into row F in the prime orchestra seats.
"Vice President-elect Pence, I see you walking out, but I hope you will hear us, just a few more moments. There's nothing to boo here, ladies and gentlemen," Dixon said from the stage. "We're all here sharing a story about love."
On Saturday, President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter criticizing the reception that Trump got. "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 wrote.
President Barack Obama took daughters Sasha and Malia to see it last year after first lady Michelle Obama caught it last spring. Pence's predecessor, Vice President Joe Biden, also has seen it. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also took in the play in September while he was in New York, to cheers by some in the audience but a vocal admonition about Israeli policy by at least one woman, based on video filmed by a fellow audience member. The heckler was escorted out, .
"Hamilton" is by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the musical's book, music and lyrics. It stresses the orphan, immigrant roots of Hamilton and has a varied score, ranging from pop ballads to gospel to R&B. It has been cheered for reclaiming the nation's founding story by a multicultural cast.