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Michael Moore Takes His Broadway Audience on Buses to Protest Trump


Michael Moore in his new Broadway show, “The Terms of My Surrender.”

Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Michael Moore has made Donald J. Trump the chief target of his rumpled, moralistic ire this summer, using his new solo show on Broadway to offer theatergoers a handbook on how to oust the president.

On Tuesday night Mr. Moore offered his audience something else: a ride. Two double-decker buses, sponsored by the production, were idling on West 44th Street outside the Belasco Theater at 9 p.m., ready to drive patrons to Trump Tower nearby for a post-show protest that Mr. Moore planed to lead against President Trump, who was staying there. Mr. Moore extended the invitation from the stage late in the performance of the play, “The Terms of My Surrender,” sparking cheers from many audience members.

Dozens of them rushed to the buses after the show, with a line soon stretching down the block.

The production’s team prepared placards for people willing to make the jaunt to Fifth Avenue, with the signs mixing earnest messages like “resist” and comedic jabs at the president. “We shall overcomb” one read, beside a Trumplike silhouette.

With streets around Trump Tower cordoned off with security checkpoints, police officers and Secret Service personnel, Mr. Moore and his followers were expected to hop off the buses a few blocks away from the blockades and amble en masse as close as they could get.

The protest comes at a politically charged moment, after Mr. Trump made comments in a news conference blaming both sides, rather than neo-Nazis and white supremacists, for the deadly violence Saturday in Charlottesville, Va.

Mr. Moore’s show regularly includes a smattering of surprises, like special celebrity guests who are friends of the liberal activist. The idea of protesting Mr. Trump, if he returned to New York City during the run of the show, has always been on the table, said Rick Miramontez, a spokesman for the production.

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