NEW YORK - An American actor from the Broadway musical Hamilton says there is no need to apologize to US Vice President-elect Mike Pence over addressing him in a recent show. On Friday, Pence was grilled by the actors on stage over President-elect Donald Trump’s divisive policies.

The actors, who are of diverse race and ethnicity but play historical white characters, stood on the stage as Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays America’s third vice president Aaron Burr in the show, read out a statement. The move outraged Trump, who called on the actors to “apologise” in a tweet, saying in another that Pence had been harassed. “We are men and women of different colours, creeds and orientations, and the resonant nature of the show throughout the world, throughout the global community demands that we make statements when there are important issues, I think, facing us as a community.”

  Pence said later that he had not been offended despite Trump’s several tweets against the cast’s “terrible behaviour,” with one calling the show “overrated.” “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,” Dixon said in his Friday address to Pence.