The cast of “Hamilton” didn’t throw away their shot to speak directly to a very important member of their audience Friday night: Vice President-elect Mike Pence.
As Pence, who was booed loudly upon entering the theater, tried to leave the Broadway musical after the final curtain call, actor Brandon Dixon, who plays the part of Aaron Burr, asked him to stay.
“We have a message for you, sir. We hope that you will hear us out,” Dixon said as the cast, assembled behind him, held each other close.
“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,” Dixon said to Pence.
“But we truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us,” Dixon added, while gesturing to the musical’s diverse cast and to the audience.
Although Pence had already exited the orchestra section, the VP-elect stood in the hallway outside to listen to Dixon’s impassioned speech, according to the New York Times’ Patrick Healey.
Pence watched the entire musical seated in the center of the theater, despite some jeers from the crowd, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Dixon had to ask the audience to stop heckling the VP-elect shortly before reading the statement. “There’s nothing here to boo, ladies and gentlemen,” the actor said. “We’re all here sharing stories of love.”
The musical’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, along with the show’s director, producer and cast, reportedly wrote the statement after learning that Pence would be attending the show, the New York Times reported.
“Hamilton” broke theater records this year after being nominated for 16 Tony Awards. The musical, which won 11 of those nominations, is known for its retelling of early American history through hip-hop numbers and has been celebrated for its diverse cast.
Below, read a transcript of the statement, written by the cast, creators and producers of the boundary-breaking musical, or watch the full video above.
We have a message for you, sir. We hope that you will hear us out.
Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you, and we truly thank you for joining us here at “Hamilton 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.
But we truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us. All of us.
Again, we truly thank you for [inaudible] this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men, women, of different colors, creeds and orientations.