Michelle Obama hosted a Broadway concert in order to educate girls across the world. The US first lady hosted the event for the spouses of global heads of state that included performances from the female-centric shows The Color Purple, Waitress, Wicked and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
The concert was held at the Bernard B Jacobs Theatre, which was home of The Color Purple, as part of the Let Girls Learn initiative, which encourages world leaders to provide education opportunities to millions of girls globally who are unable to attend school.
TV talk show host Stephen Colbert emceed the event and took advantage of the gathering of world leaders in New York for the opening of the 71st United Nations General Assembly. More than 50 spouses of world leaders attended, along with public school children and girl scouts who packed the theater.
How Obama motivated the crowd
- Colbert joked that despite Michelle constantly telling everyone to eat their vegetables, she was one of the most admired women in the world.
- "More than 62 million girls around the world are counting on us to be their voice," Obama said. "And I intend to continue speaking out on their behalf not just for the rest of my time as first lady but for the rest of my life. And I hope that you all will join me."
- Remarks also were made by three girls from Jordan, Pakistan and Malawi about the work in their home countries still needed for adolescent girls, as well as songwriter Sara Bareilles, Jordan's Queen Rania, and Gertrude Mutharika, the first lady of Malawi.
- "What a gift that was-- that I was given an opportunity to be so seen and so empowered and so trusted and so reflective of my environment that I actually for a moment forgot to notice how rare it was," Bareilles said.