Donald Trump’s attack on Hamilton hasn’t exactly harmed the hit show — but the cast and creators may nonetheless be pulling their punches in the near future as the show heads to middle America.
During Thanksgiving week, the musical about the ten-dollar founding father, raked in $3.3 million at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, creating a Broadway record for a production that stages eight shows a week.
The record haul follows the row after Vice-President elect Mike Pence was booed while attending a performance of the show and then got called out by the cast in a statement read out during the curtain call.
Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays former Vice President Aaron Burr in Hamilton, told 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. … But we truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf all of us.”
However the political intervention backfired when many Trump supporters pledged to boycott Hamilton following the criticism of the President-elect during the curtain call.
The cast and producers of Hamilton, which I hear is highly overrated, should immediately apologize to Mike Pence for their terrible behavior
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2016
Boycotters include Rod Stewart’s ex-wife Alana Stewart — ironically a former Mrs Hamilton from her marriage to actor George Hamilton — who said she has given away her tickets in protest:
— Alana Stewart (@AlanaKStewart) November 20, 2016
— The GOP Report (@TheGOPReport) November 19, 2016
What the cast and protestors did to Pence yesterday is a disgrace. The man was out with his family to enjoy a play. #BoycottHamilton
— Mike Sprecht (@bluejaybrother) November 20, 2016
A source on Hamilton tells Heat Street that while the controversy did the show no harm in New York, it’s a different story in the rest of the country: “Hamilton plans to tour in Houston, Charlotte [NC], Denver, Atlanta and Salt Lake City in 2017-18.”
“The cast and creatives were surprised by the extent of the boycott movement on Twitter and while they worked it to their advantage in New York, the last thing they want is for this to linger as an issue when tickets go on sale next spring for the tour.”
Hamilton prides itself on being a bipartisan show and following the backlash from Trump supporters, the principals have softened their political edge.
Brandon Dixon has not tweeted for 10 days while Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has not addressed the controversy on his social media accounts aside from tweeting out the official cast statement to Pence (which he is understood to have co-written).
The Hamilton team want to convey the message of the show — encapsulated in the lyric “Immigrants (we get the jobs done)” from the song Yorktown — without getting drawn into a full-scale confrontation with the Trump administration.
“Lin-Manuel Miranda won’t be calling Trump a “f**kface” as he once did,” the source adds. “He wants conservatives to go see his show.”
A Trump board game from 1989, before he became our First National F*ckface. https://t.co/qHHOg1mF
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 3, 2012