Hamilton sets box office record after Mike Pence controversy
Add another accolade to Hamilton‘s gigantic trophy case.
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical has set a Broadway record for the most money earned in a single week, according to The New York Times. The production raked in $3.3 million for eight shows and is the first show to surpass $3 million in revenues for an eight-show week. (Wicked earned $3.2 million for a nine-performance week in 2013, The Times reports.)
The success comes the week after President-elect Donald Trump criticized the cast for reading a statement to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who attended a show on Nov. 18 and was booed by some audience members. “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,” said actor Brandon Victor Dixon while addressing Pence during the curtain call. “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.”
Trump said the cast “harassed” Pence and demanded an apology. Meanwhile, Pence said he was not offended by the statement. “I did hear what was said from the stage, and I can tell you I wasn’t offended by what was said. I’ll leave to others whether that was the appropriate venue to say it,” Pence said on Fox News Sunday.