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#BoycottHamilton trends on Twitter as Trump supporters, critics sound off

national online debate has unfolded following a Friday night performance of “Hamilton” attended by Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

>> 'Hamilton' cast member issues challenge to VP-elect Mike Pence

After Pence was booed by some of the crowd, a cast member spoke from the stage to Pence as he left the theater during the curtain call.

>> Mike Pence enjoyed 'Hamilton,' was not offended when cast addressed him

“Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you, and we truly thank you for joining us here at ‘Hamilton: An American Musical.’ We really do,” Brandon Dixon said after telling the crowd to stop booing Pence.

>> 'Hamilton' actor who spoke to Mike Pence responds to Donald Trump

He continued, “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 work on behalf of all of us. All of us. Thank you.”

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On Saturday and Sunday, President-elect Donald Trump fired back in multiple tweets, saying Pence deserved an apology.

>> Trump continues Twitter rant against 'Hamilton' cast

Those who believed Pence had been disrespected started tweeting using the hashtag #BoycottHamilton.

>> Click here or scroll down to see what people were saying

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Trump continues Twitter rant against 'Hamilton' cast

The "Hamilton" drama continues ...

The day after President-elect Donald Trump slammed the cast of the Broadway musical "Hamilton" for addressing Vice President-elect Mike Pence after Friday's show, Trump returned to Twitter to insult the show and call for an apology.

"The cast and producers of Hamilton, which I hear is highly overrated, should immediately apologize to Mike Pence for their terrible behavior," he wrote early Sunday. 

>> See the tweet here

The tweet came less than 12 hours after he took another shot at the actors.

>> 'Hamilton' cast member issues challenge to VP-elect Mike Pence

"Very rude and insulting of Hamilton cast member to treat our great future V.P. Mike Pence to a theater lecture," Trump tweeted Saturday evening. "Couldn't even memorize lines!"

The post was quickly deleted, but not before someone captured a screenshot of the tweet.

>> See the tweet here

The controversy erupted Friday evening when Pence attended the show and was booed by some audience members. After the performance, actor Brandon Dixon addressed Pence from the stage.

"You know, we have a guest in the audience this evening. Vice President-elect Pence, I see you walking out, but I hope you hear just a few more moments. There's nothing to boo, ladies and gentlemen. There's nothing to boo. We're all here sharing a story of love. We have a message for you, sir; we hope that you will hear us out. And I encourage everybody to pull out your phones and tweet and post because this message needs to be spread far and wide," Dixon began.

>> 'Hamilton' actor who spoke to Mike Pence responds to Donald Trump

"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, 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," he continued.

"Thank you truly for seeing this show, this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men, women of different colors, creeds and orientations."

>> Watch the statement here

Trump responded Saturday morning.

"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.

The Theater must always be a safe and special place.The cast of Hamilton was very rude last night to a very good man, Mike Pence. Apologize!"

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Dixon replied, "Conversation is not harassment sir. And I appreciate @mike_pence for stopping to listen."

Virginia Hepner, Woodruff Arts Center CEO, stepping down

Virginia Hepner, CEO and president of the Woodruff Arts Center, and a leader who guided the arts organization through a successful $110 million “transformation” campaign, announced Friday she will be leaving the Woodruff next spring.

That day, May 31, 2017, will mark five years since Hepner took the reigns at the Woodruff, an organization that includes the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Alliance Theatre and the High Museum of Art.

 

The summer of 2012, when Hepner arrived, was a contentious time, marked by bitter labor disputes with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and a Woodruff management thunderstruck to discover that an employee had embezzled $1 million.

Hepner came on board after a 25-year career in the banking industry, and began straightening those numbers out. She also presided over the appointment of new leadership at the arts center, as Rand Suffolk became the new director of the High Museum and Jennifer Barlament the new executive director of the symphony.

Under Hepner’s guidance the Woodruff negotiated contracts with the symphony that ended a lockout, and promised an endowment campaign to stop the orchestra from shrinking.

That $25 million endowment drive was part of the $100 million Transformation Campaign, an ambitious bid to completely renovate the Alliance Theatre, rebuild the symphony, underwrite educational and outreach programs at the High and create a steady flow of dividends that would take pressure off operating expenses.

The completion of that campaign — with $10 million to spare — was announced early this month.

“Virginia Hepner has done a tremendous job of leading the Arts Center over the last four-plus years,” said Doug Hertz, chairman of the Governing Board of the Woodruff Arts Center, in a statement. “The arts center is in a much stronger position today as a result of her commitment to our art, her willingness to take on some of the difficult issues the arts center has been facing and her incredible energy.”

With a budget close to $100 million a year, the Woodruff Arts Center is the largest arts organization in the Southeast and one of the three largest in the country. In an interview Friday Hepner said she has no plans beyond working from now until May 31 to get the center’s ducks in a row. After that she’s looking forward to a vacation in an unnamed part of the world.

“I can’t imagine I’ll ever retire,” said the 59-year-old, who imagines she’ll be part of the arts in one way or another for the rest of her life. “At the end of the day I’m a business person who believes in arts and culture.”

 Virginia Hepner, Woodruff Arts Center CEO, stepping down

After Orlando tragedy, Lin-Manuel Miranda gives passionate acceptance speech at Tony Awards

Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of and actor in the hit Broadway musical "Hamilton," recited a passionate poem during his acceptance speech for Best Score at the Tony Awards. He dedicated his speech to address the tragic mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub Sunday.

>> RELATED STORY: In wake of Orlando shooting, 'Hamilton' cast performs without muskets at Tony Awards

>> PHOTOS: Stars honor Orlando shooting victims on Tony Awards red carpet

>> PHOTOS: Photos: 2016 Tony Awards show

>> Read more about the Orlando nightclub shooting

“My wife’s the reason anything gets done. She nudges me towards promise by degrees. She is a perfect symphony of one, our son is her most beautiful reprise. We chase the melodies that seem to find us until they’re finished songs and start to play. When senseless acts of tragedy remind us that nothing here is promised, not one day.

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This show is proof that history remembers, we live through times where hate and fear seem stronger, we rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer. And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love, cannot be killed or swept aside. I sing Vanessa’s symphony, Eliza tells her story, now fill the world with music, love and pride. Thank you so much for this.”

Miranda previously commented on the Orlando massacre during an interview on the red carpet, according to People magazine.

>> RELATED STORY: Orlando nightclub shooting: What we know now

“On a day marked by such tragedy to get to celebrate such works of art,” he said, “I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.”

>> Click here to watch his speech

Lin-Manuel Miranda responds to Orlando attacksLin-Manuel Miranda responded to the Orlando massacre in his emotional Tony Awards speech: "Love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love, cannot be killed or swept aside."Posted by The Hill on Sunday, June 12, 2016

Broadway stars team up with James Corden for Carpool Karaoke

This isn't your buddy's karaoke night. These guys can actually sing ... on key.

James Corden's latest installment of "Carpool Karaoke" flipped coasts and traveled the streets of New York City.

The late night host is adding extra hosting duties this week, this time headlining the Tony Awards Sunday night

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That gig opened the door for a Broadway version of Corden's popular franchise, with guests like Lin-Manuel Miranda, from the hit "Hamilton," Audra McDonald, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jane Krakowski.

They lend their voices, not only to a song from "Hamilton," but also hits from "Rent," "Jersey Boys" and finally "Les Miserables."

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AMC theaters may allow texting during movies

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If you're one of the few people that doesn't ignore the message prior to every movie asking theater-goers to put their phones on silent and refrain from texting, you may soon be even more annoyed by inconsiderate movie-goers around you.

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Adam Aron, the CEO of AMC Entertainment, recently said that he has considered allowing texting during screenings in an effort to appeal to a larger demographic, specifically, millennials. 

"When you tell a 22-year-old to turn off the phone, don’t ruin the movie, they hear please cut off your left arm above the elbow,” Aron said in an interview with Variety magazine. “You can’t tell a 22-year-old to turn off their cellphone. That’s not how they live their (lives).”

But that doesn't mean all AMC theaters everywhere will allow texting during screenings.

"We're going to have to figure out a way to do it that doesn’t disturb today’s audiences," Aron said. 

He later tweeted, clarifying that allowing movie-goers to text is just an idea, and if approved, may be very limited.

Aron said the company has considered making specific auditoriums "more texting friendly."

Aron, current co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers and former president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, has only been head of AMC for a few months, but in that time, he's advanced the company significantly. In February, he announced plans to buy Carmike, which would solidify AMC as the world’s top movie theater chain, according to Variety.

Aron is also pushing to expand AMC’s food and dining options, develop its loyalty program and market more aggressively. 

But Aron isn't the first to consider allowing texting during movies.

Regal Entertainment CEO Amy Miles and Greg Foster, senior executive vice president of IMAX Corporation, both seemed open to considering allowing cellphone usage during a panel at the CinemaCon convention in 2012, Deadline reported.

"If we had a movie that appealed to a younger demographic, (like "21 Jump Street,") we could test some of these concepts (at some screens,)" Miles said. "You’re trying to figure out if there’s something you can offer in the theater that I would not find appealing but my 18-year-old son might."

"We want them to pay $12 to $14 to come into an auditorium and watch a movie. But they’ve become accustomed to controlling their own existence," said Foster, who added that without cellphones, some younger people may "feel a little handcuffed."

Tim League, CEO of Alamo Drafthouse -- a small theater chain disagreed.

“Over my dead body will I introduce texting into the movie theater,” he said. “I love the idea of playing around with a new concept. But that is the scourge of our industry. It’s our job to understand that this is a sacred space and we have to teach manners.”

League said that going to the movies should be a "magical" experience, but Miles said "one person’s opinion of magical isn’t the other’s."

Read more here.

Prince at Fox Theatre: date announced for rescheduled Atlanta shows

Prince’s Atlanta fans were likely disappointed when the musician announced that he would have to reschedule his two concerts at the Fox Theatre last week (April 7).

The singer has announced that the rescheduled shows will take place on April 14 at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Tickets purchased for the original April 7 date will be honored for the same seats at the corresponding rescheduled show.

Ticket holders who are unable to attend their corresponding rescheduled show on April 14 must contact the Fox Theatre Ticket Office at 404-881-2017, boxoffice@foxtheatre.org or in person before April 12 at noon for information about a full refund. The office is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Returned tickets will go on sale to the public on April 13 at 10 a.m.

If you didn’t get your tickets last week or purchase returned tickets this week, they may be picked up from the Fox Theatre Box Office on the day of the show, starting at 10 a.m. for the 7 p.m. show and 1 p.m. for the 10 p.m show.

“The Prince Piano & A Microphone” concerts will feature hit songs from Prince’s catalog, in addition to new music from his 39th album “HitnRun Phase II.”

'Hamilton' posted a casting call, but one of its stipulations is causing quite the stir

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The popular Broadway show “Hamilton” was praised for its diverse cast until the producers posted a casting notice specifying that they were looking for “non-white” actors.

The casting notice came as the show intends to expand to other cities, but it may be illegal. According to Newman Ferrara Law Firm lawyer Randolph McLaughlin, the notice violates the New York City Human Rights Law, which makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate based on race.

>> RELATED: 'Hamilton' cast members performed at the White House, and it was epic

The producer, Jeffrey Seller, defended his “non-white” casting notice WCBS, saying, “I stand by it and believe it to be legal.”

McLaughlin claims the producers can cast whoever they want based on artistic preference but must allow everyone to try out for the role.

“What if they put an ad out that said, ‘Whites only need apply?’” he said. “Why, African-Americans, Latinos, Asians would be outraged.”

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The casting notice also appears to violate the policy of Actors Equity, which specifies that “…producers agree that auditions for all productions … will be conducted in such a manner as to provide full and fair consideration to actors of all ethnicities.”

The “Hamilton” press representative said the casting notice was approved by Actors Equity, but the union’s general counsel claims this is not the case. The audition notice they approved welcomed “all ethnicities.”

The City Commission on Human Rights has yet to receive a complaint but would not say if it was investigating the “non-white” casting notice.

A source informed WCBS that the commission would probably work with the “Hamilton” production team to help it comply with city laws if the controversy becomes an issue.

>> Click here to watch a video report

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