By Anna Wilding on November 17, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC (Herald de Paris) — ¬†There is a very important saying in theater, “The show must go on.” It is the inevitability of this fact that First Lady Michelle Obama and the White House were faced with, when Paris was mercilessly attacked on 13th November, three days before a pre-planned event¬†Broadway at the White House, that welcomed ¬†students from high school performing art programs across the country for workshops and musical performance by some of the most well known stars of Broadway and beyond. ¬†The event, itself designed to inspire, motivate, and share with the students the history of Broadway, and the craft of theater.
The importance of the event happening just a few days after such a brutal and unprovoked attack on innocent civilians¬†was not lost on Michelle Obama who, on two separate occasions, delivered moving tributes and, at the end of the day, a moment of silence in memory of the attacks.
Herald de Paris recorded these and you can see the clip and the First Lady’s moving remarks where she stressed that, “As my husband said on Friday, this was an attack not just on France, our dear friend and oldest ally, but on all of humanity and our shared values.¬† So as we mourn, we must continue to shine a light on the strength of those shared values and hopes.¬† That‚Äôs what events like this are about, about inspiring our next generation.¬† It‚Äôs about sharing America‚Äôs proud cultural legacy with people from all walks of life across this country.¬† I think Lorraine Hansberry, the first African American woman to write a Broadway show, put it best when she spoke to a group of young artists and told them, simply, ‚ÄúThis nation needs your gifts .”
This event was about the kids. ¬†The show went on for the kids, and Michelle Obama looked svelte and stunning in first a red dress then a lovely turquoise dress, finished with navy brocade that served to highlight her trim, toned, and taught figure. ¬†There is no question that Michelle Obama makes a cutting figure when the mood strikes.
The students¬†participated in workshops focused on five master class areas: acting, directing, hair and make-up/costume design, musical theatre,¬†and music composition. These sessions were followed by a Panel that featured Whoopi Goldberg, Gloria Estefan, Stephen Schwartz. Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cicely Tyson, Diane Paulus, and Harvey Weinstein. ¬†The day culminated with performances hosted by Matthew Morrison and Kristin Chenoweth in the East Room, which featured ¬†music from¬†Finding Neverland, Fun Home, Something Rotten!, ¬†School of Rock, An American in Paris, and On Your Feet!
One of the moving moments of the morning was to hear the majestic tinkering of fingers over the piano keyboard by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, ¬†who moved many where he played some of his greatest hit songs from Broadway musicals.
In our world too, the show must go on. ¬†So, with one eye still on Paris, some photos of today’s event:
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