Elaine Stritch performs at a White House(10 images)

Elaine Stritch, Nathan Lane and Chad Kimball performed at the White House in Washington Monday in "A Celebration of the Music of Broadway."

About 200 guests, including President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, attended the standing-room-only event in the White House's East Room.

The show is to air as "In Performance at the White House" Oct. 20 on PBS stations in the United States.

Obama noted that many of Broadway's biggest stars arrived in this country as poor immigrants and said that, at their best, Broadway musicals have not just served as entertainment, but also raised social consciousness, challenged stereotypes and helped shape "our opinions about race and religion, death and disease, power and politics."

Elaine Stritch performs during a White House music series concert saluting Broadway in the East Room at the White House in Washington on July 19, 2010. UPI/Kevin Dietsch | License Photo
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