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Posted: November 20, 2016

Mike Pence enjoyed 'Hamilton,' was not offended when cast addressed him

Vice President-elect Mike Pence, top center, leaves the Richard Rodgers Theatre after a performance of
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Vice President-elect Mike Pence, top center, leaves the Richard Rodgers Theatre after a performance of "Hamilton," in New York on Friday.

By Jennifer Brett

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Although President-elect Donald Trump feels Mike Pence is owed an apology after being booed and chastised at a performance of “Hamilton,” the future vice president says he took no offense.

“I really enjoyed watching Hamilton,” he said during a Fox News Sunday visit. “It was a real joy to be there. I heard a few boos. I wasn’t offended by what was said.”

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At the end of the show Friday, actor Brandon Dixon read a note from the cast to Pence.

“We, sir, we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our families, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our unalienable rights, sir,” Dixon said to the vice president-elect as he left.

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The dustup has become a predictable proxy war, with Trump supporters expressing outrage and urging a boycott. That effort likely will have limited impact, as the Grammy, Tony and Pulitzer-winning Broadway hit is sold out at least through next August.

Created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the story, music and lyrics, “Hamilton” stresses the orphan, immigrant roots of Alexander Hamilton, the first treasury secretary, and features a multicultural cast.

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Miranda was a huge supporter of Democrat presidential contender Hillary Clinton, and the cast also put on a special “Hamilton” show at a Clinton fundraiser last summer, the The Associated Press noted.

Miranda said he is proud of Dixon.

"And proud to remind you that all are welcome at the theater," he tweeted.


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