By Michael Gioia
16 Jul 2012
"Catfish row is floating on air after meeting Michelle Obama at our show tonite," tweeted Tony Award-winning Porgy and Bess star Audra McDonald following the July 14 evening performance at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. "She is grace incarnate & hugged every member of the cast!"
Following her trip to Catfish Row, the First Lady took her daughters Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11, to the Foxwoods Theatre for the sold-out Sunday matinee of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
According to a representative from the production, the 3 PM curtain was held a few minutes as the Obamas slipped into their seats — to a round of applause. The First Family led the show's standing ovation.
President Barack Obama, an avid theatregoer, was recently seen on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre, where he offered Barack on Broadway, a star-studded evening on Broadway alongside former President Bill Clinton. Read the President's remarks from the evening here.