White House Pays Homage to Broadway

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were regaled Monday night at the White House with a series of show tunes from the stars of the Broadway musical, "The Great White Way."

The event was the latest edition of the White House music series, A Broadway Celebration: In Performance at the White House, showcasing some of the biggest names in theatre.

On the playbill were Tony winners like "The Producers" star Nathan Lane, Idina Menzel of "Wicked," and Karen Olvio, who performed as Anita in the revival of "West Side Story."

"Over the years musicals have also been at the forefront of our social consciousness, challenging stereotypes, shaping our opinions about race, and religion death and disease, power and politics," the president. "But perhaps the most American part of this truly American art form is its optimism."

Before bidding guests goodnight, the president urged guests to see "The Great White Way."

"Go to a show!" he said. "Buy some tickets!"

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