Mike Pence greeted by boos and cheers at ‘Hamilton’
Vice President-elect Mike Pence was met with a mix of boos and cheers as he entered the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City Friday night to attend the evening performance of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton,” according to video from the performance.
Pence attended the show with his daughter, Charlotte, as well as his nieces and nephew, according to one of his aides. They were seated in the center orchestra section.
During the musical — which is about the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton — audience members applauded when cast members spoke about the U.S. being a country of immigrants and how difficult it was to govern.
At the end of the performance, actor Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays vice president Aaron Burr, took to the stage and acknowledged Pence’s presence and added, “We hope you will hear us out.”
Pence, however, was on his way out of the auditorium, as Dixon spoke. But a rep for “Hamilton” told The Associated Press that Pence stood in the hallway outside and heard the full remarks.
“I see you walking out but I hope you will hear us,” Dixon said. “Nothing to boo here, ladies and gentlemen, there’s nothing to boo here … We’re all sharing a story of love. We welcome you, and we truly thank you for joining us here at ‘Hamilton: An American Musical’ — we really do.
Dixon continued, “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.”
The actor concluded, “We truly thank you for sharing this show, this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds, and orientations.”
When Pence left the theater, he was also greeted by several protesters, including one woman who held up a sign with a line from the musical: “Immigrants, we get the job done.”
ABC News’ Ines DeLaCuetara and Alexandra Faul contributed to this report.