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“Hamilton,” Actor says ‘Nothing to Apologize For’ After Mike Pence Speech

Brandon Victor Dixon, the Hamilton actor who read a speech in front of an audience tending to Mike Pence, who was situated in the group of onlookers amid Friday night’s performance, reacted to Donald Trump’s requests that the hit musical apologize for “annoying” the Vice President-elect. “There’s nothing to apologize for,” Dixon told CBS This Morning Monday.

“Conversation is not harassment, and I was really appreciative that Vice President-elect Pence stood there and listened to what we had to say,” Dixon said.  “It was the beginning of a conversation I hope we can continue to have.”

Dixon said the show’s maker asked him an hour prior to shade call on the off chance that he’d jump at the opportunity to convey the discourse to Pence. “I’m not sure why they asked me, but I was happy to,” said the actor, who assumes the part of Aaron Burr.

“The producers, the creators and the cast, we recognize that Hamilton is an inherently American story told by the definition of an American community; we are men and women of different colors, creeds, and orientations,” Dixon included. “The resonant nature of the show throughout the world, throughout the global community, demands that we make statements when there are important issues facing us as a community, so we wanted to stand up and spread a message of love and unity.”

Pence said he “wasn’t offended” by the cast’s impromptu speech, which pleaded for the incoming administration to protect the inalienable rights of all citizens.

“Art is meant to bring people together, it is meant to raise consciousness, and when you have a platform like that, I told [producer] Jeffrey Sellers after the show, ‘I applaud you all for not throwing away your shot,'” Dixon said, referencing a key verse from Hamilton. “‘For taking a moment to spread a message of love, to spread a message of unity.’ We’re not here to boo. We’re here to cheer each other on.”

Hamilton would “absolutely welcome” Trump to the musical, Dixon said. “The power of our show and the way we tell it is undeniable.”

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