"Hamilton" star Brandon Victor Dixon ignited a firestorm when he addressed Vice President-elect Mike Pence during Friday night's broadway show.
Following Donald Trump's tweetstorm condemning the show, Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr, appeared on CBS This Morning Monday to respond. His message to the president-elect: come see the show. "We welcome Donald Trump here at Hamilton, absolutely," he said.
"Why would you want him to see it?" asked host Norah O'Donnell.
"Because I think the power of our show and the way we tell it is undeniable," he replied. "I think it's important for everyone to see a show like ours."
With reports emerging about an audience member shouting pro-Trump comments during a Hamilton production in Chicago, host Gayle King asked Dixon if his on-stage speech "set a precedent for people disrupting shows."
Dixon disagreed. "No, and I'll tell you that's certainly not the first time, nor will it be the last, that somebody went into the theater and began to act inappropriately, or stand up and [interrupted] a show," he said.
Before delivering his statement Friday night, Dixon asked audience members to take out their phones so they could record his speech. "It was important for us, we wanted it," he explained. "Art is meant to bring people together, it's meant to raise consciousness. And when you have a platform...I told [Hamilton producer] Jeffrey Seller after the show, I said, 'I applaud you all for not throwing away your shot, for taking a moment to spread your message of love [and unity]."
"We're not here to boo, we're here to cheer each other on."
On Fox News Sunday, Pence claimed he wasn't offended by Friday night's events, calling Hamilton an "incredible production" and saying of the audience's mixed reaction to his appearance, "that's what freedom sounds like."
That didn't stop Trump from lashing out at the Hamilton cast over a series of tweets this weekend. "The cast and producers of Hamilton, which I hear is highly overrated, should immediately apologize to Mike Pence for their terrible behavior," he wrote on Sunday.
"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," Dixon said in his speech Friday night, which Pence heard as he was exiting the theater. "We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us."