“Hamilton” is still the hottest ticket in town, but demand for the much-coveted seats have dropped among one sector: Republican pols.
Interest from the right side of the aisle started to sag after Vice President Mike Pence’s much discussed visit to the red-hot Broadway hit, Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis told us at the Public’s annual gala at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.
Shortly after the November election, waves were made when actor Brandon Victor Dixon — who plays Vice President Aaron Burr in the show — addressed Pence at curtain call, urging him and the Trump administration “to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.” An angry Donald Trump took to Twitter, and many a Republican cried foul.
“Interestingly enough, since that night we’ve had a decrease in requests from Republican elected officials,” said show producer Eustis, who helped guide the development of the musical, which debuted at the Public Theater in February 2015 and moved to Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre the following August. Prior to that, he said, “we had lots of folks — Dick Cheney, Lynne Cheney — and I think there’s less interest.”
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As Eustis recently revealed, the Cheneys almost didn’t make it. At the Concert for America at Town Hall in April, Eustis recounted the story of how he faced a tough decision when the pair’s names came to the top of his waiting list – and he was tempted to skip right past the controversial and much-despised former veep. After all, nobody would know.
He consulted with “Angels in America” playwright Tony Kushner, who told him he ought to give the Cheneys their tickets — so he did.
What if Donald Trump wanted to come to the show, we asked him — would he and Melania get seats?
“Sure,” said Eustis. “He’s the President of the United States, I’m not going to say no to the President to see our show.”
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Eustis’ half-hearted invitation to our 45th president shouldn’t be mistaken for an endoresment.
“Whether he’s ‘my President’ personally isn’t the issue,” he said.
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