Michelle Obama: Broadway star? On Monday she was! The First Lady made her Broadway debut at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre as the host of Broadway Shines a Light on Girls' Education. The show was offered to the spouses of global heads of state to raise awareness for her Let Girls Learn initiative, and included performances from the female-centric shows The Color Purple, Waitress, Wicked, and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical."
"More than 62 million girls around the world are counting on us to be their voice," Obama told the audience. "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."
FLOTUS wore a knee-length dress with a black and white floral pattern and a splash of green on her left hip. A black mesh neckline highlighted her toned arms and gave the look a trendy touch.
The event, which was emceed by Stephen Colbert (pictured below with the First Lady and Tony winner Cynthia Erivo), was timed to coincide with the 71st United Nations General Assembly, which has brought hundreds of world leaders and their families to New York City. According to the Associated Press, more than 50 spouses attended, along with public school children and girl scouts.
"When people hear stories of girls who aren't in school, they want to help," InStyle's October cover star reportedly said at the event. "And as spouses of world leaders, so many of us here in this room have a platform that we can use to tell these stories and bring people together to take action for these girls. Because people will pick up the phone when we call."