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Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Chad Kimball, Marvin Hamlisch, at White House Broadway night

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below, from the White House....

Monday, July 19th - The President and First Lady will continue the White House music series celebrating the arts and demonstrating the importance of arts education by featuring Broadway music and its prestigious performers. During the day, 20 dance students from Duke Ellington School of the Arts and the Joy of Motion Dance Center will participate in an educational workshop and rehearse a segment from the Broadway show Hairspray, led by choreographer Jerry Mitchell, at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC. At 2:00 PM, the students will come to the White House to perform in a special dress rehearsal for the First Lady and their parents and teachers in the East Room. This dress rehearsal will be open press.

In the evening, this youth ensemble 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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