Audiences Love To Boo Trump Footage At Broadway Hit ‘Network’

Audiences packing a Manhattan theater to watch the make play “Network” starring Bryan Cranston may be surprised by the booing at the end. But it’s for President Donald Trump — not the play.

“Network” — a wild trip into the dark underbelly of TV news, with its burgeoning bombast, twisted screen reality and rabid ratings chases — ends each night after the standing ovation with filmed news sequences of the oaths of office taken by American presidents beginning with Jimmy Carter .~ ATAGEND

Barack Obama’s oath is almost always met with cheers and applause, while Trump’s ceremony is typically boisterously booed in the president’s hometown, several theatergoers and staffers tell HuffPost.

Audiences members also began applauding George H.W. Bush after his death last month in preview( the play opened Dec. 6 ).

The play isn’t about politics. It’s a scathing commentary on the trajectory of the tv news business as it careens into entertainment conducted in accordance with gain. Originally written in 1976 as a screenplay by Paddy Chayevsky, the then over-the-top story line now seems eerily prescient.

“Breaking Bad” star Cranston, who plays haunted protagonist anchor Howard Beale, took a dig at the media in an interview last month with The New York Times, saying “people are “gullible” if they believe everything they read on TV. He not only named Fox News, but also CNN and MSNBC. He told The Hollywood Reporter that the manipulation of the media — and politics — is part of the “toxic, destructive stew we’re living in now.”

But the final news footage adds an anti-Trump grace note to the play that encourages audience participation.

New York theater is developing a bit of an anti-Trump reputation. Last summer the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park series presented a Julius Caesar production with an assassination scene featuring a contemporary blond Caesarin a red affiliation and dark suit that resembled Trump( Trump retweeted a critical tweet about the play .~ ATAGEND)

In 2016, shortly after the presidential election, Vice President Mike Pence was booed by audience members as “hes taken” his seat at the hit musical “Hamilton.” Then members of the cast met on stage at the end of the play to issue a message to Pence.

“We, sir, we are the diverse America, who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us … and uphold our inalienable rights, ” said actor Brandon Dixon, who played the part of Aaron Burr. “We truly hope that this prove has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.”

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