Hamilton Steps Off Broadway Into Politics


Ethan Neutz and Lauryn Smith


The election of 2016! Can we get back to the musical?

Broadway’s, “Hamilton” has been called into controversy after the cast verbally harassed Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

“Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you and we truly thank you for joining us here at ‘Hamilton: An American Musical.’ We really do,” Brandon Dixon said. “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, sir. But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us. All of us.”

Pence was welcomed by the audience mostly booing and some applause. While most of the crowded applauded Dixon’s statement.

After the famed musical showed Friday night the cast ended the show with a shout out to Pence. The cast called on Pence to “uphold our American values.” Donald Trump, President- elect, then accused the cast of harassing the Vice President.

On Saturday morning, Trump tweeted, “Our wonderful future V.P. Mike Pence was harassed last night at the theater by the cast of Hamilton, cameras blazing. This should not happen!”

Later on that day, Trump called out the “Hamilton” cast for being rude. He also demanded for the cast to apologize for their actions.

One of the cast members, Dixon who played as Aaron Burr, replied to Trump on Twitter, “@realDonaldTrump conversation is not harassment sir. And I appreciate @mike_pence for stopping to listen.”

“They have freedom of speech. Especially us,  theatre kids. We have a very large mouth going into our strong opinions. So, we use that freedom of speech to our abilities and our strengths because we can express our feelings no matter what the subject,” says junior Kaleigh Foster.

Over the past weekend, there had been an exchange of tweets expressing opinions and feelings about what had happened. Some people saw the cast as courageous, but others saw it as insulting.