In his Broadway show, Michael Moore has been urging audiences to get off their behinds and take action — and on Tuesday night he gave them a little shove.
After the evening’s performance of “The Terms of My Surrender” at the Belasco Theatre, Moore invited the audience to board two open-air buses for the short trip to Trump Tower, where earlier in the day President Donald Trump held an impromptu news conference to defend remarks he made Saturday that “many sides” were to blame for the weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
With Mark Ruffalo, the evening’s “surprise” guest, chanting from a megaphone, the buses got as close as they could to the Fifth Avenue skyscraper, what with the intense security. Olivia Wilde, Marisa Tomei and Fisher Stevens joined the protest/candlelight vigil for Heather Heyer, who was killed in a car attack while counter-protesting at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.
Before the show began, Moore had promised there might be extracurricular activities afterward. But some have suggested that Tuesday’s bus trip smacked of publicity stunt. While audience reaction has been positive, the show opened to mixed reviews and according to the Broadway League filled only 87 percent of its seats the week ending Aug. 13.