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Trump demands 'Hamilton' cast apologize for addressing VP Pence during show

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President-elect Donald Trump demanded on Saturday that the cast of the smash-hit Broadway play "Hamilton" apologize for the treatment of Vice President-elect Mike Pence, after cast and audience members pointedly rebuked his running mate after a performance Friday night.

After the curtain call, the cast of the Tony Award-winning musical "Hamilton" addressed vice-president elect Mike Pence, who was in attendance, about the importance of protecting diversity.

While some applauded the cast for speaking to Pence directly, others found the speech to be unprofessional, and sparked a furious debate on social media.

Via Twitter, Trump declared that Pence had been "harassed" and that "the theater must always be a safe and special place."

Theater goers and the official Twitter account for the musical captured the moment and posted it to social media.

"We have a message for you sir and we hope that you will hear us out," Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr in the show, said after the show.

Pence had begun to leave the theater, but stopped to listen, according to people in the audience.

Dixon asked the members of the crowd that booed Pence to stop, saying "There's nothing to boo here ladies and gentlemen, there's nothing to boo. We are all here sharing a story of love."

The actor continued, reading from a piece of paper stashed in his costume.

"Vice president elect Pence we welcome you and we truly thank you for joining us here at 'Hamilton: An American Musical,' we really do," he recited. "We sir, we are a 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 of all of us."

Here's how folks on Twitter reacted to the address: