Thursday, July 15, 2010

The White House is having 'A Broadway Celebration'

From Mike Boehm - the LA Times Culture Monster:
During the administration of President George W. Bush, news that Tony was to be heavily represented at a fete in the East Room of the White House would have suggested a British theme to the evening, with emissaries of then-Prime Minister Blair in attendance.

Times have changed. On Monday, the dignitaries hosted by President and Mrs. Obama will bring their regards from Broadway, not 10 Downing Street, while sharing talents that collectively have won them 11 Tony Awards.

The public is invited to watch -- eventually -- on "A Broadway Celebration," which will be taped for broadcast Oct. 20 as an installment in the PBS series, "In Performance at the White House."
The Tony-winning performers are Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Tonya Pinkins, Karen Olivo, and pianist Marvin Hamlisch. Working behind the scenes is Jerry Mitchell, Tony-winning choreographer (for the 2004 revival of La Cage aux Folles), who will guide 20 Washington, D.C., dance students in a segment from Hairspray, another show he choreographed.

Friends, isn't it refreshing to see culture back at the White House?

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