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'Hamilton' Cast's Message To Pence Is What Free Speech Looks Like | The Huffington Post EDITION US عربي (Arabi) Australia Brasil Canada Deutschland España France Ελλάδα (Greece) India Italia 日本 (Japan) 한국 (Korea) Maghreb México Québec (En Francais) South Africa United Kingdom United States NEWS WorldPost Highline Science Education Weird News Business TestKitchen Tech College Media POLITICS Pollster Election Results Eat the Press HuffPost Hill Candidate Confessional So That Happened ENTERTAINMENT Sports Comedy Celebrity Books Entertainment TV Arts + Culture WELLNESS Healthy Living Travel Style Taste Home Weddings Divorce Sleep WHAT'S WORKING Impact Green Good News Global Health VOICES Black Voices Latino Voices Women Fifty Religion Queer Voices Parents Teen College VIDEO ALL SECTIONS Arts + Culture Black Voices Books Business Candidate Confessional Celebrity College Comedy Crime Divorce Dolce Vita Eat the Press Education Election Results Entertainment Fifty Good News Green Healthy Living Highline Home Horoscopes HuffPost Data HuffPost Hill Impact Latino Voices Media Outspeak Parents Politics Pollster Queer Voices Religion Science Small Business So That Happened Sports Style Taste Tech Teen TestKitchen Travel TV Weddings Weird News Women WorldPost FEATURED Hawaii OWN Quiet Revolution Talk to Me Don't Stress the Mess Endeavor Fearless Dreamers Generation Now Inspiration Generation Paving the Way The Power Of Humanity Sleep + Wellness What's Working: Purpose + Profit What's Working: Small Businesses ARTS & CULTURE 'Hamilton' Cast's Message To Pence Is What Free Speech Looks Like A respectful demonstration of solidarity happened on Broadway. Here's why it matters. 11/19/2016 11:47 am ET 22k Katherine Brooks Senior Arts & Culture Editor, The Huffington Post. Tonight, VP-Elect Mike Pence attended #HamiltonBway . After the show, @BrandonVDixon delivered the following statement on behalf of the show. pic.twitter.com/Jsg9Q1pMZs — Hamilton (@HamiltonMusical) November 19, 2016 Friday night, Vice President-elect Mike Pence took a moment out of his Trump administration-building duties to attend a performance of the musical “ Hamilton .” Many politicians have taken a seat at Richard Rodgers Theatre for the same musical. But Pence’s experience was a little different. Before the show even began, Pence was reportedly booed (as well as applauded) as he took his seat. During the show, certain scenes of the production took on new meaning with the VP-elect’s presence ― King George’s “On Your Own” solo , for example, was met with a long ovation. Following curtain call,  actor Brandon Dixon then spoke directly to Pence :  “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 that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.” “Hamilton,” for those of you not familiar, is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical take on Founding Fathers’ history acted out by a cast of nearly all performers of color. As Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr (a former American vice president), reiterated, the performers playing historically white characters from America’s revolutionary years represent “a diverse group of men, women, of different colors, creeds and orientations.” Miranda himself has spoken often about the production’s significance in this year’s vitriolic election season. “In a year when politicians traffic in anti-immigrant rhetoric, there is also a Broadway musical reminding us that a broke, orphan immigrant from the West Indies built our financial system,” Miranda explained at an address at the University of Pennsylvania earlier this year . “A story that reminds us that since the beginning of the great, unfinished symphony that is our American experiment, time and time again, immigrants get the job done.” Trump/Pence are appointing white nationalists & planning to gut civil & women's rights. Shame on us if we ever STOP booing. #Hamilton — Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) November 19, 2016 Founding fathers like Hamilton, gave us freedom of expression, right to protest our leaders. I suspect Hamilton would be ok with the booing. https://t.co/YTjtYVprrd — Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) November 19, 2016 In response to Pence’s trip to Broadway, some critics have admonished crowds for booing our future vice president . President-elect Donald Trump called the “Hamilton” cast  “rude ,” asking them to apologize to his running mate for their public statement. Still others questioned whether or not the media should be focusing on “Hamilton”  at all, when there are other issues to highlight ― the increase in reports of hate crimes across the country, Trump’s agreement to pay $25 million in fines and restitution to settle three fraud lawsuits, the mounting conflicts of interest attached to Trump’s administration, the rise in visibility of white supremacis