Behind-the-Scenes Video: "A Broadway Celebration" at the White House

Ed. Note: On Wednesday, October 20th at 11:00 a.m. EDT, First Lady Michelle Obama will discuss the importance of arts and humanities education by hosting the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards – the country’s highest honor in this field. Watch the event live on

This summer, the President and First Lady continued their White House music series with "A Broadway Celebration" to honor the arts and demonstrate the importance of arts education. Before joining the ranks of Broadway’s brightest stars, dance students from local schools performed in a special dress rehearsal for the First Lady, their parents and teachers. Watch a behind-the-scenes video from the event and check out the premiere of the television special on Wednesday, October 20 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings).

A Broadway Celebration: In Performance at the White House is emceed by Nathan Lane and includes Idina Menzel, Brian d'Arcy James, Audra McDonald, Chad Kimball, Elaine Stritch, Marvin Hamlisch, Karen Olivo, Tonya Pinkins, Assata Alston and a youth ensemble from the Joy of Motion Dance Center and Duke Ellington School of the Arts, with Danielle Arci and Constantine Rousouli.