Donald Trump called on the cast of Broadway’s musical hit “Hamilton” to apologize after they singled out Vice President-elect Michael Pence during the curtain call of Friday’s performance.
“The Theater must always be a safe and special place,” the president-elect tweeted on Saturday morning. “The cast of Hamilton was very rude last night to a very good man, Mike Pence. Apologize!”
Brandon Victor Dixon, the actor playing Aaron Burr in the hit Tony-winning show, read a statement from the cast about Pence, who was in attendance, and urged audience members to record and share the message on social media.
“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,” Dixon said from the stage. “But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values, and work on behalf of all of us.”
Trump’s second in command got an icy reception the whole night at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, where he was reportedly booed on his way in and then heckled during relevant lyrics in various musical numbers about one of the founding fathers of the United States.
Show creator and former star Lin-Manuel Miranda was not in attendance Friday night, but he, director Tommy Kail, the show’s producers and cast all wrote the statement together after learning Pence would be attending the performance, according to New York Times reporter Patrick Healey, who also said the VP-to-be was walking out of the theater as Dixon begun reading the statement, so it’s unclear which parts, if any, he heard.