No apologies: Hamilton actor stands by equality message to Mike Pence; VP-elect OK with boos

If Donald Trump is waiting for an apology from the cast of Hamilton, he will have to continue to wait.

Actor Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr in the celebrated musical, told CBS This Morning on Monday that “there’s nothing to apologize for.”

Dixon gave Vice-President-elect Mike Pence an onstage earful about equality at the end of Friday’s performance, which sparked a social media storm this weekend.

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“We, sir, 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 onstage after the curtain call.

“We truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us. All of us.”

Trump took to Twitter on Saturday and Sunday to demand an apology.

Dixon said Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda had a hand in crafting the remarks, although Dixon said he “made some adjustments.”

Dixon also said that both Trump and Pence are welcome to come backstage and meet with the cast at any time, adding, “Art is meant to bring people together.” 

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Heavily armed police stand guard as a motorcade carrying Vice-President-elect Mike Pence (centre) leaves the Richard Rodgers Theatre after a performance of Hamilton in New York on Friday. (Andres Kudacki/The Associated Press)

‘What freedom sounds like’

For his part, Pence has said he wasn’t offended by the message.

He told Fox News Sunday that he heard the boos and cheers when he walked into the Richard Rodgers Theatre with his nephew and daughter on Friday night to see the show and told his daughter: “That’s what freedom sounds like.”

He also described Hamilton as  an “incredible production” involving a very talented cast.

On whether he thought an apology was necessary, he said: “I’ll leave it to others whether that was the appropriate venue to say it.”

The musical is by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the story, music and lyrics. It stresses the orphan, immigrant roots of first U.S. Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton and has a terrifically varied score, ranging from pop ballads to gospel to sexy RB. It has been cheered for reclaiming the nation’s founding story with a multicultural cast.

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