Bernie Sanders, Wife Attend Broadway Musical 'Hamilton,' About Founding Father Alexander Hamilton

The couple received a standing ovation, and headed backstage afterwards.

ByBy Maryalice Parks and David Caplan
April 09, 2016, 4:50 AM
PHOTO: Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and wife Jane walk in Times Square on their way to see the Broadway show Hamilton, Friday, April 8, 2016, in New York.
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and wife Jane walk in Times Square on their way to see the Broadway show Hamilton, Friday, April 8, 2016, in New York.
AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

— -- Bernie Sanders took a brief break from the campaign trail Friday night, and did what most visitors to New York City do: Attend a Broadway show.

Following a rally in Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood, Sanders and his wife Jane made a beeline to Manhattan to catch the evening performance of the critically-acclaimed musical "Hamilton," about founding father Alexander Hamilton.

Sanders arrived in Times Square, exited his motorcade, and walked a block to the 1,319-seat Richard Rodgers Theater, where he and Jane entered through a side door. Although he didn't enter through the main entrance, theatergoers waiting in line cheered as he walked by, waving with one hand, and holding Jane's hand with the other.

Sanders was mobbed by theatergoers inside the lobby and received a standing ovation when he entered the theater. The Vermont senator also met with the cast backstage after the performance. Both the Sanders campaign and a source with the production say Sanders paid face value for his tickets.

PHOTO: Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane get mobbed in the lobby of the Richard Rodgers Theater, where the saw the Broadway musical "Hamilton," about founding father Alexander Hamilton, on April 8, 2016.
Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane get mobbed in the lobby of the Richard Rodgers Theater, where the saw the Broadway musical "Hamilton," about founding father Alexander Hamilton, on April 8, 2016.
Nicole Gallagher

Attending the musical wasn't Sanders' only brush with the arts on Friday: Actress Susan Sarandon joined Sanders at his rally in Greenpoint.

Sanders' Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton saw "Hamilton" in February with husband Bill and daughter Chelsea, and President Obama invited the creator and star of the musical, Lin-Manuel Miranda, along with its cast to the White House in March.

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