The White House Gets Into A Broadway State Of Mind

Broadway ditched its roots for an evening and made its way to the East Room Monday.Guests and theatre royalty were welcomed by President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for an event dedicated to show tunes. Dubbed "A Broadway Celebration: In Performance at the White House," Monday's concert was the sixth installment of the White House Music Series - an ongoing platform that celebrates the best of music and the artsBroadway veteran Nathan Lane was the concert's host. Tony-Award winner, Elaine Stritch, kick-started the evening with a performance of "Broadway Baby," while Indina Menzel, Brian d'Arcy James, and Marvin Hamlisch, among others, were the other Broadway stars that performed. President Obama delivered a few remarks before the show, celebrating "the power and the passion of Broadway music. ""Broadway music calls us to see the best in ourselves and in the world around us -- to believe that no matter how hopeless things may seem, the nice guy can still get the girl, the hero can still triumph over evil, and a brighter day can be waiting just around the bend," he said. "A Broadway Celebration: In Performance at the White House" is scheduled to broadcast on PBS Wednesday, Oct. 20.