Academy Award winning actress, Meryl Streep
It was such a thrill to see August Wilson's play called JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE at the Belasco Theatre last night because PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA and the FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA were in the audience. Due to tight security, the play started late. The President and the First Lady were greeted with thunderous applause (and camera flash) when they entered the small Belasco Theatre, which has just over 1,000 seats. The incessant applause and photographing stopped only when the curtain rose at around 8:50 PM. The show ended at around 11:30 PM. It's been reported that President Obama promised his wife during the campaign that he would take her to a Broadway show after it was all finished. Yesterday's presidential "date" was President Obama's first visit to New York City since he took office. Also spotted in the audience was Academy Award winning actress, MERYL STREEP.
The play by August Wilson is about black America in the early 1900s, with residents of a boardinghouse recalling their migration from the sharecropping farms of the South to the industrialized North.