THE RICHARD ROGERS THEATER, BROADWAY — Vice President-elect Mike Pence went to see Hamilton here yesterday with family members. As he entered the theater, he was greeted with both boos and cheers from the audience. Pence was taking a break from his duties as the top transition planner for the Trump Administration.
At the end of the performance, Broadway star Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr, addressed the Indiana governor's presence.
"Vice President-elect Pence, we see you walking out, but I hope you hear us, just a few more moments,” Dixon said as some of the audience members booed Pence.
“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, sir,” Dixon added. “But we truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.”
After Pence duly reported these events to his boss, the President-elect tweeted: “The cast of Hamilton was very rude last night to a very good man, Mike Pence. Apologize!”
Ever on duty, associate solitary reporter Johanna Jones texted us with the real skinny.
As Pence was leaving the theater, Rory James O’Malley, who plays King George III in the smash hit musical, left backstage with his husband, Gerold Schroeder, and the rest of the cast, and asked the governor why he had pushed Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act so vigorously. The Indiana RFRA was worded in such a way that it would permit discrimination against LGBTQ persons. Widespread protests erupted, led by, among others, Apple CEO Tim Cook. Angie’s List announced that it would cancel a $40 million expansion of its Indianapolis-based headquarters because of concerns over the law. The mayors of San Francisco and Seattle banned official travel to Indiana. Although Pence defended the law, he was forced by the backlash to sign legislation revising the law to prevent potential discrimination.
After Pence told O’Malley and Schroeder to leave him alone, they rushed up to Pence and kissed him on the lips. Pence quaked in his cowboy boots and texted Trump's son-in-law and chief protector, Jared Kushner, who ran from Trump Tower to the theatre with his brass knuckles, which he used to slug O’Malley and Schroeder.
Soon, the Big Apple’s mayor, Bill DeBlasio, arrived to lend moral support to O’Malley and Schroeder and the rest of the cast. Kushner was taken into custody by New York’s Finest, who took him to Bellevue Hospital Center for psychiatric examination. Eventually, Kushner was visited there by Mitt Romney, to whom Trump is now cozying up. Romney, who had just visited Trump at the mega-billionaire’s resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, advised Kushner, who is 35, to tell his father-in-law to visit him at his home in Utah, “And I’d love to take him to the Salt Lake Temple and show him all the sights there, and give him instruction in the LDS Church.”
Kushner’s response (he is an Orthodox Jew) cannot be printed here.