Hamilton: Idina Menzel supports show following Trump controversy
Idina Menzel took a shot at Donald Trump during Sunday night’s American Music Awards for the president-elect’s new obsession with Hamilton.
During a bit of banter with fellow presenter Mark Cuban, who himself has clashed with Trump, Menzel joked she was happy “unsafe, scary theater people wouldn’t be invited to the inauguration.”
“I love you Hamilton!” Menzel, a Tony Award-winner for Wicked, said.
On Friday night, Hamilton actor Brandon Victor Dixon read a prepared statement during curtain call to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who attended the show with his family. (Pence was booed by attendees when he walked into the theater.)
“We have a message for you, sir. We hope that you will hear us out,” Dixon said. “Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you, and we truly thank you for joining us here at Hamilton: An American Musical. We really do. 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 this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us, all of us. We truly thank you for sharing this show – this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men, women, of different colors, creeds, and orientations.”
Pence himself said Sunday he wasn’t “offended” by the speech. Trump, however, spent the weekend blasting Hamilton on Twitter, and claimed Pence was “harassed” by the cast.
“Our wonderful future V.P. Mike Pence was harassed last night at the theater by the cast of Hamilton, cameras blazing. This should not happen!” he wrote in one tweet. In another tweet, Trump wrote the theater “must always be a safe and special place,” a line Menzel mocked on Sunday.
“The cast of Hamilton was very rude last night to a very good man, Mike Pence. Apologize!” Trump wrote. (The cast has not apologized.)