US Vice-President elect Mike Pence was on the receiving end of an impassioned message from the actors of Broadway musical Hamilton yesterday.
Mr Pence was attending the play in New York yesterday evening, and was booed by audience members.
Hamilton, the hit Broadway musical about colonial rebels shaping the future of an unformed country, took an even more political turn following it’s curtain call on Friday night.
Brandon Dixon, who plays vice-president Aaron Burr in the musical, stepped forward following the encore and took out a piece of paper.
Dixon thanked the audience for seeing the show, then turned his attention to the Vice-President elect.
As some quiet boos came from the audience as Pence’s presence began to disperse, Dixon hushed the audience and delivered a message.
“There is nothing to boo here, ladies and gentlemen, we are sharing a story of love”, he said.
We had a guest in the audience this evening, and vice-president elect Pence I see you are walking out but I hope you will hear us for just a few more moments”
“I encourage everybody to pull out your phones and tweet and post because this message needs to be spread far and wide”, he said.
“Vice-president elect Pence, we welcome you and we truly thank you for joining us here at Hamilton musical”.
“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.”
The crowd began to cheer as Dixon continued.
“Or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights... we truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us,” he continued, to rising cheers.
Much of the audience cheered as Mr Dixon, an African American, pointed towards the area Mr Pence was seated.
“We thank you for sharing this wonderful American story, told by a diverse group of men and women of different colours, creeds and orientations,” he concluded.
It is not yet clear whether Mr Pence publicly acknowledged the address or made any response immediately afterwards, however President elect Donald Trump weighed in on the incident.
Our wonderful future V.P. Mike Pence was harassed last night at the theater by the cast of Hamilton, cameras blazing.This should not happen!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2016
The Theater must always be a safe and special place.The cast of Hamilton was very rude last night to a very good man, Mike Pence. Apologize!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2016
He said, "Our wonderful future V.P Mike Pence was harasses last night at the theatre by the cast of Hamilton, cameras blazing. This should not happen!"
"The theatre must always be a safe and special place. The cast of Hamilton was very rude last night to a very good man, Mike Pence. Apologise!" he continued.
Mr Dixon has since replied to President elect Trump, saying that "conversation is not harassment", while again thanking Mr Pence for attending.
The statement in full from Hamilton can be seen below: