Trump duels with 'Hamilton' cast after their message to Pence


A night at the theater for Vice President-elect Mike Pence has yielded a morning Twitter spat between the cast of hit musical “Hamilton” and President-elect Donald Trump.

Trump took to the social media network this morning to demand an apology from the cast of the sold-out-for-months show, after Pence was booed by some in the audience and implored to respect diversity by one of its cast members during the curtain call.

“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,” Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr, said on behalf of the cast at the end of the performance. “We hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values, and work on behalf of all of us. Thank you.”

Pence, who was on his way out of the theater, stopped to listen to the message, according to the cast. This morning, Trump deemed it harassment.

"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 on Twitter. 

In a second tweet, he added: "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!"

But it doesn’t seem an apology will be forthcoming from the cast of the show, which makes a point of emphasizing the contributions of immigrants and people of color to the founding of the United States. 

In response to Trump’s tweet, Dixon himself tweeted: “conversation is not harassment sir. And I appreciate @mike_pence for stopping to listen.”

Dixon also received support from former members of the cast, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the musical and originated the role of Alexander Hamilton. 

In addition to the overt statement at the end of the night, several lyrics and the actors singing them took on added significance, especially in light of President-elect Donald Trump’s stances on immigration and Pence’s on LGBT rights.

The line “Immigrants, we get the job done,” by openly gay Javier Munoz as Hamilton and the Marquis de Lafayette (Chris Lee), always gets cheers. This time, it got a standing ovation, according to social media.

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

Christopher Jackson, who played George Washington until departing from the show last week, also responded.

“The countless Americans that have been Insulted, Degraded, Marginalized, Harassed, Intimidated. APOLOGIZE for that! APOLOGIZE for your HATE!” Jackson wrote on Twitter. “The Theater IS a ‘Safe and Special Place’. And we stand on that stage rapping HONOR, and TOLERANCE and RESPECT. And ABOVE ALL ELSE, LOVE.”

Some on Twitter have called for a boycott of the extremely successful musical. That might be tough to manage: tickets sell out many months ahead of time. A new batch of tickets for shows from August 15, 2017 through November 5, 2017 recently went on sale; standard tickets are already sold out for the last of those shows, on Nov. 5., while a handful of “mid-premium” and “premium” seats can still be snagged for $549 and up.

 

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