Death and terrorism don’t faze Michelle Obama. The party goes on at the White House.
Cindy Adamas at the New York Post reports:
Bobbi MacKenzie sang at the White House Monday. You don’t know Bobbi MacKenzie? Oh, please. 12,208 theatergoers a week do. At the Winter Garden. Bobbi stops the show cold every performance in “School of Rock — The Musical.”
Next month Bobbi is 11. She’s 4-foot-4. My eyelashes weigh more. Clear, straight out, this peanut announces: “I’m from Portland [Oregon]. My mother’s a disc jockey there. I have two sisters. I’m singing since I’m 3. I sang the national anthem for the NBA Trail Blazers.
“My mother took me to auditions, and my father, who’s in New York with me, called the team and asked could I sing there.”
Before hearing this kid’s whole career, which is already longer than Aretha Franklin’s, I asked about the White House.
“We learned about it last week. I started crying and laughing. I wore a new navy blue dress with buckles. Us kids plus backup singers went by bus after our show, got in at midnight and stayed over at a hotel, then we walked to the White House.
“I was to sing our big number ‘If Only You Would Listen’ at 5 o’clock after we rehearsed. Just going through security 10 a.m., checking our bags, took an hour.
“Mrs. Obama also wore blue, light blue. She said hello, then asked, ‘How do you wish someone luck in show business?’ I told her, ‘Say, “Break a leg,” ’ so she touched me on the head, high-fived me, hugged me and said, ‘Break a leg.’
“She laughed and applauded. I was a little nervous. I prayed beforehand as I always do and just thought about what I had to do. On my solo, I breathe hard so sometimes I do breathing exercises. I like the audience laughing. And the applause is exciting.”
This crew brought two child wranglers, musicians, plus costumers because Bobbi & Co. changed into their little plaid pleated professional “Rock” skirts.
Price being no object in terms of free entertainment, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. prepped a very un-Michelle-like mac ’n’ cheese, chips, fried whatever and soda barbecue buffet lunch.
And manners being no object in terms of visiting the prez, Bobbi & Co. used every free minute texting on their cellphones.
Well, we always knew Michelle is a do as I say, not as I do person, didn’t we?