By Jennifer R Jones | Posted on November 20, 2016 4:13 PM
Hamilton actors staged a post-show speech to ambush Mike Pence at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Donald Trump tweeted his disapproval.
Hamilton Cast Ambushes VP-Elect Pence After Curtain Call
Actor Brandon Victor Dixon Publicly Lectures PenceThis past Friday night, on November 18, 2016, the recently elected Vice-President-to-be, Mike Pence, attended Hamilton on Broadway. The Vice President elect wasn't warmly welcomed by most of the liberal-leaning NYC crowd when he turned up on with his children and their young cousins to see the wildly popular Broadway show. Rather than being courteous and civil to the winner of the 2016 Presidential election, the Broadway crowd at the Richard Rodgers Theatre booed him and showed their unabashed displeasure at his arrival. The poor man is not even in the Oval Office yet and already the uber-liberal New York crowd are showing their lack of restraint and were acting quite boorish. Michelle Obama often cited as the high road during the election, but this was nowhere to be seen on Friday night at Hamilton. You would think that would be the end of it, but as the show concluded, the actor who plays Vice President Aaron Burr, Brandon Victor Dixon, piled on and stepped forward to deliver a statement that he and his fellow cast members had hastily put together to attempt embarrass Pence in front of his family. The actors had no shame on the matter and they wanted to be part of the #nevertrump movement, even though they had already lost.
Dixons Ham-Handed Negative Political RhetoricAt the end of the Hamilton show, Dixon began by acknowledging that Mike Pence was in the audience that night, thanked him for attending, and then asked him to hear him out for a brief moment. Dixon did not take the opportunity to congratulate Pence on his recent political success, indicating the Dixon was intending to go to the dark side all along. While Mr. Pence had gotten out of his seat already and was halfway in the hallway and ready to exit the theatre (having been tipped off that there was to be an ambush by the cast), it was reported that he remained in said hallway and heard most of the public remarks from the stage. As some of the audience continued to boo at Pence, Dixon continued with, “There’s nothing to boo, ladies and gentleman, we’re all here sharing a story of love.” But what followed contained no love. In fact it was at best passive aggressive, or at worst, just plain hatred of the man and what he stands for.
Dixon introduced the cast as the “diverse America” who are “alarmed and anxious” that the new administration will not protect them and he continued to lecture the muted Pence for another full three minutes. Dixon continued that he hoped the show has inspired Pence to uphold our American values and work on behalf of “all of us.” He then repeated, to emphasize, “all of us.” It is unclear who he was referring to, but it could be something to do with President Trump's plan to deport criminal illegal immigrants. Dixon continued by thanking Pence once again for sharing the show with the audience, taking part in this “diverse story told by men and women of diverse colors, creeds, and orientations.”
The heavily liberally-biased audience cheered loudly as this was clearly a political jab at Pence's previous agenda, while he was 50th Governor of Indiana, which many liberal elites have accused of being anti-gay, anti-black and anti-jew. Dixon has gone on to say that "conversation is not harassment”, but what he did Friday night was not a conversation at all, it was a lecture from a bully pulpit, a theatrical ambush as it were. Dixon has also invited President-Elect Donald Trump to see the show, but one wonders how Manuel-Miranda and Dixon intend to dishonor him, ideally it seems in front of their children would be best.
Lin Manuel Miranda May Have Lost Control Of His Actors, Distracted by the Other Versions of His Show Opening in Chicago and London.
Lin Manuel Miranda may have made a big in mistake in allowing his cast to begin publicly calling out well-known political figures that are in the audience to see the Broadway show. Dixon may have set the new low standard that says a show can now harass members of the audience if the cast doesn't like their politics, or anything else about them. Miranda, Dixon and the rest of the show cast have made no secret of their love of Obama and Hillary Clinton (and all her potential illegal acts) and this move sets a new low-bar on Broadway, that may keep many celebrities at bay, fearful that they may be ridiculed. What's next? Public humiliation of Bill Cosby before he is found guilty? Jibes at Tom Cruise about Scientology? Will Mel Gibson be dragged onto the stage and whipped for his anti-Semitic comments? Will the cast now ask people who voted for Trump and ridicule them? With Hamilton now being the most popular show ever on Broadway, the public humiliation from their bully pulpit (of an elected official who should deserve some degree of respect) continues to show the out-of-control arrogance that this production has now sunk to. Hamilton is now so popular that they believe that they can do anything they want. They are just one step away from John Lennon's "More popular than Jesus" statement. Media critics have jokingly glibbed that for the insult and embarrassment to Pence and his family, Pence should have challenged Dixon to a duel, Aaron Burr style.
Sam Rudy Attempts To Calm The Waters of Insult
Sam Rudy, the PR rep for Hamilton, attempted to paste over the cracks from this PR nightmare, but Rudy is no stranger to dishing out insults himself and so he had no comment for this piece. Playbill, which is in LMM's back pocket, will probably publish an anti-Pence story, to indicate that it was Pence's fault after all for even coming to the show in the first place. It is expected that Sam Rudy actually supplied the tickets to Pence and his entourage, so we can assume that he was the one who tipped off the production for the ambush. It seems that this could have been a window of opportunity for Miranda and Dixon to build bridges with the new Republican government and Trump himself, but instead, Miranda and Dixon has encouraged deeper political division through his ham-handed negative rhetoric, indicating he has learned nothing from the very show he stars in. Just like Aaron Burr himself, Dixon may well end up going to Europe to find his fortune, although it may just be on the London Hamilton stage, where LMM may have better control.