It’s been a century and a half since a U.S. president was murdered inside a theater. Last night the cast of the hit musical “Hamilton” tried to repeat history in a manner of speaking. It was not the president but the vice president-elect that was their target. The shot they fired from the stage, moreover, was not fatal, but it was highly inappropriate.
Outgoing Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who has been working hard heading the Trump transition team, thought he would take advantage of New York City’s legendary theater scene by taking in the hottest play on Broadway. But his viewing of “Hamilton” came with an unanticipated lecture from the cast.
The play had eneded and Pence was rising to leave when he heard his name shouted out by one of the cast members, who said:
Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you and we truly thank you for joining us here at ‘Hamilton: An American Musical.’ We really do. 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.
Mike Pence attended Hamilton tonight and the cast had a message for him pic.twitter.com/PO9URRlQCB
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) November 19, 2016
It’s going to be a long four years!