Sunday 18 February 2018

Actor stands by curtain call message to US Vice President-elect Mike Pence

The cast of a theatre show in New York had a message for the incoming White House administration
The cast of a theatre show in New York had a message for the incoming White House administration

The Hamilton actor who told Vice President-elect Mike Pence he was concerned about the Trump administration has denied the onstage speech was harassment.

Following the performance of the award winning musical Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr, the nation's third vice president, told audience member Mr Pence that the multi-racial and multi-cultural cast were anxious about President-elect Donald Trump.

On Saturday Mr Trump demanded an apology tweeting that the "wonderful" Mr Pence was harassed by the Hamilton cast.

He added: "This should not happen.

"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!"

However Dixon hit back at the calls for an apology and denied Mr Pence was harassed.

He wrote: "Conversation is not harassment sir. And I appreciate @mike_pence for stopping to listen."

Mr Pence ducked out before Dixon finished the unprecedented message but heard the full remarks from the hallway outside the auditorium.

The Indiana governor was roundly booed by fellow theatre goers after he arrived at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York.

After the curtain-call, Dixon called Mr Pence out from the stage, with the cast behind him.

"Vice President-elect Penc e, I see you walking out, but I hope you will hear us, just a few more moments. There's nothing to boo here, ladies and gentlemen," Dixon said. "We're all here sharing a story about love."

"We, sir, 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.

"We truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us. All of us."

Outside, many protesters jeered, including one woman who held up a sign with a line from the musical that always gets a cheer: "Immigrants, we get the job done."

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