Friday, April 19, 2024

“Hamilton” Scandal Grows: Romney Says He and Trump Had “Far Reaching” Conversation About “Theaters Around the World”


A meeting yesterday between Mitt Romney and Donald Trump should already be shaking up the global theater community — especially after the “Hamilton” scandal of Friday night on Broadway. Mike Pence was booed by the “Hamilton” audience, read a letter by the “Hamilton” cast. Trump responded by demanding an apology and tweeting that the cast “couldn’t memorize their lines.” (He unTweeted that a little while later.)

Yesterday Trump met with Mitt Romney about possibly becoming Secretary of State. Romney made a statement that he and Trump had had a “far reaching” conversation about “theaters around the world” that were of “real significance” to the United States. He didn’t just mean the Richard Rodgers Theater, where “Hamilton” is playing, or just Broadway, but implied theaters everywhere– maybe London, where are there are many, as well as London, Rome, Tel Aviv, Cape Town.

Will Trump, Pence and Romney be concentrating on some kind of drama purge after January 20th? Will it just be musicals, or plays, too? Stay tuned…(PS I do think Romney meant ‘sites of conflict’ but still…)

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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