VP-Elect Pence Gets Vicious Reaction from “Hamilton” Audience. Then Cast Stops to Single Him Out With a Message.

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Vice President-elect Mike Pence took some time off from the transition and hit the town last night in Manhattan. The VP-Elect scored some choice seats for the evening performance of “Hamilton,” but he received a hostile reception at the theater.

Pence was booed several times by audience members during the show. Though there were some audience members who were pleased to see him, the evening didn’t go as planned—and then the a cast member called out Pence from the stage.


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One of the performers, Brandon Dixon, stepped up during the curtain call and spoke directly to Pence:

“We, sir — 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,” he said. “We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.”


Pence, who was being ushered out by his security team when the speech began, stopped and listened to the whole of the speech. The audience broke into tumultuous applause at what many see as a pointed and direct attack.


The direct address was highly unusual for a Broadway show. It is exceptionally rare for a cast to draw attention to, much less single out, an audience member. And it wasn’t received well by Pence’s supporters.


Trump, perhaps Pence’s biggest champion, took to Twitter to voice his frustration. As someone who’s so closely associated with New York City, Trump is no stranger to the theater.

Trump characterized the stunt as harassment. Yet that wasn’t the end of his retort.

“The Theater must always be a safe and special place.” Trump tweeted. There’s an irony, of course, in Trump’s use of the phrase “safe…space.” It is exactly this sort of safe space, which is one of the singular defining features of theater culture, that so many feel like is going to be threatened by the intolerance associated with the incoming administration. The very group who feel “alarmed and anxious” about Trump’s incivility feel perfectly comfortable singling out someone.