UPDATE! Twitter Watch: Vice President-Elect Mike Pence Receives Icy Reception at Broadway's HAMILTON
Current Vice President-elect, Michael Pence, paid a visit to Broadway's revolutionary mega-hit, "Hamilton" this evening and reports from inside the theater confirm a less than enthusiastic reception for the former governor of Indiana.
According to Twitter users who attended the Friday night performance of the show, the forthcoming Vice President received a mixed reception from the packed house, with users confirming that Pence was both cheered and booed upon arrival.
Update: Audience members confirm that the audience's initial reaction extended throughout the performance, with notable reactions to many key lines in the show including a standing ovation for the line, "Immigrants, we get the job done" as well as responses to George Washington's warning to Hamilton "Winning is easy, young man, governing is harder" and a joke about a former vice president, "John Adams doesn't have a real job anyway."
Reports also confirm that Rory O'Malley, who currently plays King George III in the show, received such an enthusiastic response to the lyrics, "Do you know how hard it is to lead?" and "When your people say they hate you, don't come crawling back to me" that the actor had to take few moments to stop the song and re-claim focus. Another reaction came at the end of "Cabinet Battle #2," when Thomas Jefferson notes to Hamilton, "Daddy's calling."
Following the performance, the cast addressed the Vice President-elect in a prepared statement, imploring him to take the message of the show to heart and govern on behalf of all Americans.
See the Twitter reaction from both in and outside of the theater below:
Someone I know was at Hamilton tonight, with Mike Pence pic.twitter.com/5zP1LOURHU- Sam Sanders (@samsanders) November 19, 2016
Amazing scene at "Hamilton" tonight we are told--everyone booing Pence, play disrupted, he fled at intermission.- Greg Mitchell (@GregMitch) November 19, 2016
Unreal scene here - Mike Pence walks in and there's a massive mix of cheers and boos. pic.twitter.com/GVZ5L67mA3- Noah Coslov (@NoahCoslov) November 19, 2016
"When your people say they hate you, don't come crawling back to me." Sung to Mike Pence tonight at #Hamilton.- SuburbanGuerrilla (@SusieMadrak) November 19, 2016
The King sang his song to Pence. What are you going to do now that you have to lead & every1 hates you. Every1 burst into applause #Hamilton- Mel (@mellymet) November 19, 2016
I can attest to massive amounts of booing when Mike Pence showed up at Hamilton. So much booing.- Natalie Luhrs (@eilatan) November 19, 2016
Right now a gay, HIV positive man is performing as Alexander Hamilton in front of Mike Pence. Pearls before the lowest of swine.- Amadi (@amaditalks) November 19, 2016
*Mike Pence wants to electrocute gay kids straight**Mike Pence gets booed at Hamilton* "Well that's just disrespectful" - Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) November 19, 2016
Mike Pence got booed while going to see Hamilton. On the plus side, he's now seen black and Latino people in real life.- Mike Lawrence (@TheMikeLawrence) November 19, 2016
I'm at #Hamilton and so is Mike Pence. Crowd booed him like crazy, and gave a standing O at the line "immigrants we get the job done" 1/2- Christy Colburn (@christymoose) November 19, 2016
2/2 Crowd went NUTS at King George's lines "when people say they hate you" & "do you know how hard it is to lead?" He had to stop the song.- Christy Colburn (@christymoose) November 19, 2016