Chad Beguelin, a writer and lyricist for a Broadway musical about a high school lesbian couple, said that Vice President Pence served as a source of inspiration for the setting of the show.

"The Prom" is a Broadway musical based on the story of a 17-year-old high school student whose small Indiana town cancels its prom event after she attempted to bring her girlfriend. 

“I think you really need to come and see ‘The Prom,’ and also, we set it in Indiana because of you," Beguelin said in an invitation to Pence provided to NBC News, adding that "our show isn't about ostracizing people."

"Our show is not about telling people, ‘You are wrong.’ Again, it's about listening and empathy and accepting, and so my invite [to Pence] would just be like, ‘Listen to our show. It's about love.’”


Beguelin told NBC News that the synopsis was motivated in part by similar stories theater producer Jack Viertel saw in the news. 

“He had seen several instances where, you know, same-sex couples were banned from their prom,” Beguelin said. “The depressing thing is, they keep sort of happening … Every once in a while a few months will go by, and then someone will email us another, you know, high school that decided that no gays or lesbians can come to the prom. You know, it's sad that it still happens.”

Beguelin, who is openly gay, added that the play was set in Indiana because of Pence. The vice president served as Indiana governor from 2013 to 2017 before joining President TrumpDonald John TrumpOvernight Health Care: US hits 10,000 coronavirus deaths | Trump touts 'friendly' talk with Biden on response | Trump dismisses report on hospital shortages as 'just wrong' | Cuomo sees possible signs of curve flattening in NY We need to be 'One America,' the polling says — and the politicians should listen Barr tells prosecutors to consider coronavirus risk when determining bail: report MORE's administration. 

Pence has faced criticism in the past from the LGBTQ community for legislation he has supported. In 2015, he signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a bill that some viewed as anti-LGBTQ.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) launched an ad campaign earlier this year in order to “expose” Pence's views on the LGBTQ community.