TLC has partnered with Broadway greats and first lady Michelle Obama to give talented high school students a Thanksgiving to remember.
Airing at 8 p.m. on Nov. 26, the special “Broadway at the White House” will follow high-school students who have been chosen for an all-day symposium at the White House that will cover careers in theater. The 40 students from both public arts high schools and after-school arts programs will attend master classes in acting, directing, hair/make-up/costume design, music composition and musical theater. There will also be a Q&A panel with Broadway stars and, in the evening, performances featuring material from musicals “Finding Neverland,” “Fun Home,” “An American in Paris,” “On Your Feet!,” “School of Rock” and “Something Rotten.”
“Broadway at the White House” will be hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Morrison. In addition to Obama, guests will include Whoopi Goldberg, Gloria Estefan, Christian Borle, Cicely Tyson and other current Broadway performers. The special is produced by Zero Visibility/the Weinstein Co. for TLC.
“We are excited to partner with the first lady and Harvey Weinstein on ‘Broadway at the White House’ to bring this compelling project to TLC viewers. Discovery’s strategy is to partner with world-class producers to deliver high-quality content across our platforms. We know that this program filled with educational and entertaining content will provide something for the whole family to enjoy at Thanksgiving,” said David Zaslav, president and CEO of Discovery Communications.
Nancy Daniels, president and general manager of TLC, added “TLC is proud to partner with the White House and the First Lady to celebrate these remarkable high school students. This is such an inspirational event that encourages Broadway hopefuls to develop their creative talents, and we’re thrilled to be the television partner that gets to share this amazing hour with families across the country on Thanksgiving.”
“Broadway at the White House” originated from a similar idea from 2013 that was spearheaded by the Weinstein Company and producer Bruce Cohen. That event centered around the film industry and featured cinema workshops with students.
“I’m sure I speak for all the shows participating when I say how exciting it is bringing ‘Broadway to the White House,'” said Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of the Weinstein Company. “And partnering with David Zaslav, the great team at TLC, and most importantly, the First Lady and her incredible work spotlighting the importance of arts education makes this event an even bigger privilege. It’s going to be such an incredible day for kids who love theater and the arts. My team and I couldn’t be prouder to volunteer our time and efforts for such a rewarding program. It truly shows us that nothing is beyond the reach of the community.”