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Mrs Obama Takes Over Broadway

Mrs Obama Takes Over Broadway
 Michelle Obama

First lady Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama went to Broadway last night to host a concert for the spouses of global heads of state. This was all part of the Let Girls Learn initiative, which encourages world leaders to provide education opportunities to millions of girls globally who do not attend school. The opening of the 71st United Nations General Assembly allowed more than 50 spouses to attended, along with public school children and girl scouts who packed the theater. The 90-minute event included the 2016 best actress Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo singing a powerful “I’m Here” from The Color Purple, Jennifer DiNoia and Carrie St. Louis singing “For Good” from Wicked, Charity Angel Dawson, Stephanie Torns and Jenna Ushkowitz singing “A Soft Place to Land” from Waitress, and a medley of songs by Carole King led by Chilean Kennedy representing Beautiful: The Carole King Musical were all done on the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. “More than 62 million girls around the world are counting on us to be their voice, and I intend to continue speaking out on their behalf — not just for the rest of my time as first lady but for the rest of my life. And I hope that you all will join me,” stated the first lady. “When people hear stories of girls who aren’t in school, they want to help. And as spouses of world leaders, so many of us here in this room have a platform that we can use to tell these stories and bring people together to take action for these girls. Because people will pick up the phone when we call,” Mrs. Obama stated. The event, was emceed by TV talk show host Stephen Colbert. Remarks were also wmade by three girls from Jordan, Pakistan and Malawi about the work in their home countries still needed for adolescent girls, as well as songwriter, Jordan’s Queen Rania, and Gertrude Mutharika, the first lady of Malawi. Bareilles, stated “What a gift that was — that I was given an opportunity to be so seen and so empowered and so trusted and so reflective of my environment that I actually for a moment forgot to notice how rare it was. That is my wish for girls all over the world: That they get the chance and the opportunity to see themselves reflected in the world around them.”

Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, of Jordan

Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, of Jordan

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

Singing for good

 

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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