Work for 'all of us', ‘Hamil­ton' cast asks Vice Pres­i­dent-elect

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Vice Pres­i­dent-elect Mike Pence was booed at a per­for­mance of award-win­ning Broad­way mu­si­cal "Hamil­ton", whose "alarmed and anx­ious" cast made an un­usual call from the stage for the in­com­ing Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion to work on be­half of all Amer­i­cans. Don­ald Trump's right-hand man at­tended a per­for­mance late Fri­day of the hit mu­si­cal about young colo­nial rebels who shaped the coun­try whose found­ing fa­thers they would be­come.

The show's lead ac­tor, Javier Munoz, is openly gay, HIV pos­i­tive and a can­cer sur­vivor. Ac­tivists have wor­ried that the in­com­ing Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion will be hos­tile to gay rights. Bran­don Vic­tor Dixon, who plays for­mer vice pres­i­dent Aaron Burr, read a state­ment to Pence dur­ing the cur­tain call that echoed some of the biggest con­cerns crit­ics have voiced since Repub­li­can fire­brand Trump was elected on Novem­ber 8. And with that, a per­for­mance of a mu­si­cal about the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion and the dawn of a young na­tion be­came even more po­lit­i­cal.

Thank­ing Pence for at­tend­ing the per­for­mance, Dixon asked him to "hear us out". "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, sir," Dixon said. "But we truly hope this show has in­spired you to up­hold our Amer­i­can val­ues and work on be­half of all of us. All of us." The au­di­ence cheered and ap­plauded loudly his com­ments. Dixon high­lighted the fact that Hamil­ton, which won 11 Tony Awards in June, was per­formed by "a di­verse group of men, women of dif­fer­ent col­ors, creeds and ori­en­ta­tions".

Au­di­ence goes 'nuts'

The New York Times re­ported that al­though Pence was leav­ing as Dixon be­gan to read his state­ment from the stage, he stood in the hall­way by the au­di­to­rium's en­trance and heard the en­tire mes­sage. When he en­tered the the­ater ear­lier be­fore the show, Pence was greeted with a mix of boos and cheers from the au­di­ence. The show cel­e­brates di­ver­sity and im­mi­grants' con­tri­bu­tion to the na­tion. The au­di­ence gave a stand­ing ova­tion at the line "im­mi­grants we get the job done", the­ater­goer Christy Col­burn wrote on Twit­ter. "Crowd went NUTS at King Ge­orge's lines 'when peo­ple say they hate you' & 'do you know how hard it is to lead?' He had to stop the song."

Trump has de­ployed po­lar­iz­ing rhetoric to de­scribe im­mi­grants, vow­ing to build a wall along the US-Mex­ico border and to ban Mus­lims from en­ter­ing the US. And the bom­bas­tic bil­lion­aire real es­tate in­vestor, who was show­ered with wide­spread con­dem­na­tion from both within and out­side his party af­ter video emerged of him mak­ing lewd boasts of grop­ing and forc­ing him­self on women, has largely ap­pointed older white men to ma­jor posts so far in his pres­i­den­tial tran­si­tion.

— AP

Po­lice re­move pro­test­ers from the streets af­ter they shouted slo­gans at Vice Pres­i­dent-elect Mike Pence while he was leav­ing the Richard Rodgers Theatre af­ter a per­for­mance of ‘Hamil­ton’ in New York on Fri­day, Nov 18, 2016.

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