Hollywood and Broadway stars came together to be part of a fundraiser organized in support of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton Monday evening. The event, which was attended by daughter Chelsea and husband, Bill, was held at the 1,300-seat St. James Theatre in New York City.
Julia Roberts, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Hugh Jackman, Emily Blunt, Neil Patrick Harris, Helen Mirren and "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, were among the stars present at the event, which was hosted by Billy Crystal. The campaign reportedly raised at least $2 million with tickets to the show ranging from $45 to $100,000.
Hillary was not present at the event, but she sent out a video message for those who attended the event that also saw several performances from Broadway stars.
"Tonight is a chance to enjoy some of today’s finest actors and artists coming together live. Joining art and politics, celebrating our shared vision for an economy that works for everyone, and an America where, yes we are stronger together," Hillary said in the tape at the Hillary Victory Fund - Stronger Together concert. Late Monday, the hashtag #broadwayforhillary started trending on Twitter.
Bill and Chelsea both delivered speeches to thank everyone who helped put on the show that was produced by Jordan Roth, Richie Jackson, Stephen Schwartz and Harvey Weinstein.
"What is at stake in this election is the future that we want our children to grow up in and whether or not we are going to have a country that we all can be proud of because all of us can be ourselves," Chelsea said.
Bill called his wife "the single-best changemaker I've ever known," adding: "It is not true that our best days are behind us. It is not true — unless we give it up. Don't give it up. Grab it."
The host of the show opened the event with a parody performance of Stephen Sondheim's "Comedy Tonight" — called "Hillary Tonight" — where he mocked Donald Trump for "racist baiting" and "Muslim hating."
Crystal also compared the Republican candidate to hurricane season: "Think about it: 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."
The performances at the event included, Joel Grey and Sienna Miller’s song "Wilkommen" from "Cabaret," Parker and Andrea McArdle’s "Tomorrow" from "Annie," Anne Hathaway and Kelli O'Hara’s tuneful medley of "Get Happy" and "Happy Days Are Here Again," and Sara Bareilles singing her hit "Brave."
Angela Bassett recited a Sojourner Truth speech, Mirren read one by Eleanor Roosevelt and Julia Roberts read a column by Molly Ivins. Jon Hamm and Gyllenhaal also teamed up to perform a part of Sinclair Lewis's play "It Can't Happen Here," Alan Cumming spoke about LGBT rights, Lena Dunham recited part of Hillary's concession speech in 2008 and Cynthia Erivo did a gospel-tinged "Battle Hymn of the Republic."