As if he doesn't spend enough of his life thinking about politics, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders topped off a day of campaigning in Brooklyn to take in a performance of the Broadway musical Hamilton April 8, according to The New York Times.
The Vermont senator and his wife bought house seats at $167 for the hip-hop inflected musical about the U.S. Founding Fathers. The visit reportedly was arranged months in advance.
The Times quoted an audience member who said the audience gave Sanders a standing ovation before the curtain, shouting, “Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!”
After the show, Sanders lingered for photos with the cast on stage.
The Times quoted Ilana Yonas, a teacher from Tennessee, who called the encounter “surreal” and said, “He is trying to have a revolution in the U.S. A lot of people don’t take him seriously. But, that’s how a lot of people felt about the U.S. having a revolution against England.”
Sanders is campaigning ahead of the April 19 New York Democratic Primary, in which he will face former Secretary of State and former NY Senator Hillary Clinton. Clinton also attended Hamilton during its original Off-Broadway run at the Public Theater in March 2015.