Hillary Clinton clearly has the Broadway vote.
An impressive number of stage and screen stars came out Monday night for a splashy “Stronger Together” fundraiser supporting the Democratic nominee for president and put on quite a show for the donors.
Hosted by Billy Crystal, the lineup at Broadway’s St. James Theater included performances and speeches by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Julia Roberts, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jon Hamm, Hugh Jackman, Emily Blunt, Helen Mirren and Neil Patrick Harris -- plus voice recordings by Barbra Streisand.
While Hillary herself couldn’t make it -- though she addressed the crowd via a video message -- Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton were in attendance.
Tickets ranged from $45 to $2,700, with special packages that included an afterparty for top donors going for $5,000. The event was also live-streamed on Hillary’s Facebook page.
Some of the more impressive performances included a duet of “Tomorrow” from Annie” by Parker and Andrea McArdle, Josh Groban singing “Over the Rainbow” and Anne Hathaway and Kelli O’Hara doing a medley of “Get Happy” and “Happy Days Are Here Again.” Some songs -- including a selection from “How to Succeed at Business Without Really Trying” -- were chosen to poke fun at Hillary’s opponent, Donald Trump.
Crystal also took aim at Trump, comparing his campaign to hurricane season. “Think about it,” he said. “It starts with a lot of hot air spinning out of control. It hits America, causes a lot of damage and panic, but it’s completely over by November.”
Tony-winner Cynthia Erivo closed out the show with a gospel-tinged “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” But before that, Miranda and his “Hamilton” co-star Renee Elise Goldsberry stepped up for a show-stopping reworking of the Tony-winning musicals material.
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