I don't want to spend more time on the Pence controversy itself, but it seems like someone ought to take on the stupid claims that Hamilton is the passion of "a crowd of wealthy, out-of-touch Manhattan liberals (who can afford $849 tickets)." Apparently, these critics haven't taken a look at the large swath of America (check your kids' music streams - I may be talking to you) who have never seen Hamilton, will never see Hamilton, and who adore it.
For most Hamilton fans, it's all about the soundtrack. (And those impressive Billboard numbers don't account for the fact that our kids don't even buy albums anymore.) The soundtrack is a gateway to the story of the show, plus Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom and all the backstories, and In The Heights. And shoot - the soundtrack is GOOD and it delivers much of the artistic message quite well, thank you.
You can have whatever view you want of L'Affaire Pence. But let's call out this BS about Hamilton being an artifact of the richy-rich. You can essentially access the soundtrack for free; millions upon millions of people are enjoying it. I'm not saying that Hamilton is a People's Show - I'm imagine most of the audience is at least middle class - but the fact that so many people are writing and tweeting about the Pence controversy, and even know what Hamilton is, tells you Hamilton is hardly exhibit A for The Bubble.