TLC teams with Michelle Obama, TWC for special

The U.S. cable network is teaming up with the First Lady and the Weinstein Company on a Thanksgiving Day special about a day-long event for high school students with Broadway aspirations.
November 13, 2015

TLC is teaming up with First Lady Michelle Obama and the Weinstein Company for a Thanksgiving Day special about a day-long event for high school students with Broadway aspirations.

The one-hour Broadway at the White House will follow 40 public arts high school students who were selected to participate in a symposium on careers in theater held at the White House. Several Broadway stars will appear in the special, as will Whoopi Goldberg, Gloria Estefan, Christian Borle and Cicely Tyson. Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Morrison will host.

The students will attend panels, master classes and workshops led by different Broadway professionals in areas such as acting, directing and hair, make-up and costume design. The day will end with a performance featuring music from Finding Neverland, An American In Paris, School of Rock and other shows for the participants and the First Lady.

Zero Visibility and The Weinstein Company are producing the special for TLC. The idea for the special originated from a similar Weinstein-produced event for students hoping to break into the film industry that was hosted at the White House two years ago.

“I’m sure I speak for all the shows participating when I say how exciting it is bringing Broadway to the White House,” said Weinstein Company co-chairman Harvey Weinstein in a statement. “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.”

Broadway at the White Housewill air on TLC on November 26 at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. CST.

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