Mike Pence Booed at Hamilton Performance

Cast member tells him they're worried about new administration
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2016 6:20 AM CST
Mike Pence Booed at Hamilton Performance
Vice President-elect Mike Pence, top center, leaves the Richard Rodgers Theatre after a performance of "Hamilton," in New York, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016.   (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

(Newser) – It wasn't quite the lion's den, but Mike Pence faced a largely hostile crowd when he took in hip-hop historical musical Hamilton on Friday night. The Guardian reports that boos outnumbered cheers when Pence entered the Broadway show and the audience realized the Republican vice-presidential elect was among them. Pence was also booed at points throughout the performance, Variety reports. The New York Times—which notes that the show is "celebrated by liberals for its resonant, provocative portrayal of America as a nation of immigrants"—reports that nearby audience members said Pence appeared engaged and applauded after musical numbers.

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Pence watched the entire show and was on his way out when cast member Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr, called out to him. "Vice president-elect, I see you walking out but I hope you will hear us," he said, shushing the audience and telling them: "There's nothing to boo here, we're all sharing a story of love." He told Pence he was welcome at the show, adding: "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. But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values, and work on behalf of all of us," he said, per the Hollywood Reporter. (Read more Mike Pence stories.)

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