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The Great White Way Makes Its Way to the White House

The President and First Lady Michelle Obama will be continuing the White House Music Series in the East Room this evening with a salute to Broadway. PBS will be recording the event for later broadcast, but the event will be livestreamed on the White House website.

From the White House:

In the evening, [20 dance students from Duke Ellington School of the Arts and the Joy of Motion Dance Center who spent the day in a workshop, led by choreographer Jerry Mitchell, rehearsing a segment from the Broadway show Hairspray] will join the ranks of major Broadway artists and new talent who will perform selections from American musicals that reflect the spirit, energy and ambition of America.

Participants include Nathan Lane, Idina Menzel, Audra McDonald, Elaine Stritch, Brian d’Arcy James, Chad Kimball, Tonya Pinkins, Marvin Hamlisch, Karen Olivo, Assata Alston, Danielle Arci and Constantine Rousouli under the direction of George C. Wolfe. President Obama will make opening remarks at this pooled press event, which will be held in the East Room and streamed live on starting at 7:00 p.m. ET. “A Broadway Celebration: In Performance at the White House” will be televised on public broadcasting stations nationwide on October 20, 2010 at 9:00 p.m. ET as part of the PBS music series “In Performance at the White House.”

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