Lin-Manuel Miranda would be happy for U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to come and see his show Hamilton.
The musical, about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, was written and conducted by Miranda, and has become a huge hit since its beginnings as an off-Broadway show in 2015.
Last week, the show’s cast caused a furore after actor Brandon Victor Dixon read out a letter written by Hamilton’s producers, cast and crew calling on soon-to-be Vice President Mike Pence to “uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us.”
Trump, who won the U.S. presidential election earlier this month,promptly tweeted that Pence had been harassed and he deserved an apology.
When asked in an interview whether Trump would be welcome in the audience, Miranda was quick to offer an invitation. “We welcome anyone,” he smiled to the BBC, adding that Trump’s daughter Ivanka had seen the show and said “wonderful things”. And when asked about the Pence incident, Miranda admits he has no regrets.
“When we found out he was coming we welcomed him, we asked him to lead on behalf of all Americans and we related to him the anxieties that some of us feel,” he explained. “But I feel like we did it in a really respectful way.”
Dixon, who plays the U.S.’s third Vice-President Aaron Burr in the 11 times Tony Award-winning musical, also wouldn’t change what happened. “There’s nothing to apologize for,” he told CBS’s This Morning.
“We wanted to stand up and spread a message of love and unity considering all of the emotional outpour since the election. “Art is meant to bring people together, it’s meant to raise consciousness. We welcome Donald Trump here to Hamilton.”
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