Monday, April 15, 2024

Mike Pence Booed by “Hamilton” Audience, Read Beautiful Plea by Cast to “Uphold Our American Values”


Mike Pence, the Vice President-elect, went to see “Hamilton” on Broadway last night and it was not a good experience. He was booed by the audience, sung to directly by the King George character in an unfavorable way, and endured a three minute standing ovation against him. Pence tried to sneak out during the curtain call, but was addressed by the Aaron Burr actor Brandon Victor Dixon in a kind of beautiful speech:

“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…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 said, while gesturing to the musical’s diverse cast and to the audience.

What did Pence expect? Three quarters of the Broadway community is gay. All of them are in the arts. He’s against all of it. He believes in conversion therapy for gays, among other things. He’s no doubt one of the most frightening people who could have attended a Broadway show. The current star of “Hamilton” is openly gay and HIV positive. But I get it: he longed to leave Indiana and see the world. He just didn’t realize that his views wouldn’t be met with rousing approval in the real world. Maybe this was a wake up call. Let’s hope.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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