The cast of “Hamilton” didn’t throw away their shot to speak directly to a very important member of their audience Friday night: Vice President-elect Mike Pence.
As Pence, who was booed loudly upon entering the theater, tried to leave the Broadway musical after the final curtain call, actor Brandon Dixon, who plays the part of Aaron Burr, asked him to stay.
“We have a message for you, sir. We hope that you will hear us out,” Dixon said as the cast, assembled behind him, held each other close.
“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,” Dixon said to Pence.
“But we truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us,” Dixon added, while gesturing to the musical’s diverse cast and to the audience.
Although Pence had already exited the orchestra section, the VP-elect stood in the hallway outside to listen to Dixon’s impassioned speech, according to the New York Times’ Patrick Healey.