Normally, after the weekend double-headers, matinees followed by evening performances, Broadway goes dark and takes Monday nights off. That was not the case last night when stars and casts from the shows convened to present a fundraiser for Hillary at the St. James Theatre. It was a full house for the hottest ticket in town.
What a night it was! Billy Crystal was the emcee. Barbra Streisand assisted by phone from the west coast. Joel Grey reprised his role from Cabaret to welcome the audience. Both Chelsea Clinton and Bill Clinton shared campaign trail stories. There were two original Annies to sing Tomorrow. Every musical selection conveyed the deep meaning and importance of this election. Actors read cuttings of plays and speeches. My favorite prefers not to be introduced by her DBE honorific so Crystal welcomed “Sir Helen Mirren” onstage to a huge reception. She read from a campaign speech by Eleanor Roosevelt. You can catch some of her performance here. I am unabashedly biased and so proud of her support for Hillary.
Hillary did not attend as she has been prepping for tomorrow night’s debate, but she did appear in a video and thanked everyone – all participants and donors.
You can read some reviews below and see some great photos of the event.
Hillary’s big night on Broadway: Chelsea and Bill join dozens of Hollywood A-listers led by Julia Roberts for $10,000-a-head New York fundraising show
- The event, called ‘Stronger Together: Broadway for Hillary’, was held in New York City on Monday
- Guests paid up to $10,000 to watch the spectacle in person at the St James Theatre
- But those at home can enjoyed the spectacle live as it was streamed on Clinton’s social media pages
- The Democratic nominee did not attend, but her daughter Chelsea and Bill Clinton were at the concert