Video: Mike Pence Attends ‘Hamilton,’ Gets Lectured

The audience at a Broadway performance of the hit musical Hamilton greeted Vice President–elect Mike Pence with boos yesterday, and cast member Brandon Victor Dixon addressed the Indiana governor from the stage after the show.

“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,” said Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr in the production. “We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.”


Pence became the focus of national controversy last year for his support of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, a measure opponents argued would legalize discrimination against the LGBT community.

Pence walked out of the theater as Dixon made the remarks. This morning, President–elect Donald Trump demanded an apology via Twitter.


UPDATE (Nov. 20, 2016)

Pence’s response to the Hamilton flap was more diplomatic than Trump’s.

In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Pence said the mixed reception he encountered at the musical is “what democracy sounds like,” and he doesn’t want an apology.




Since first joining Indianapolis Monthly in 2000, West has written about a wide range of subjects including crime, history, arts and entertainment, pop culture, politics, and food. His feature stories have twice been noted in the Best American Sports Writing anthology and have received top honors from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. “The Collapse,” West’s account of the 2011 Indiana State Fair tragedy, was a 2013 National City and Regional Magazine Awards finalist in the category of Best Reporting. He lives on the near-east side.