First Lady Michelle Obama outside The Shubert Theater on W. 44th Street, New York, NY, Sunday. Sabo/News
The First Lady and her daughters escaped to New York to catch a Broadway show while her husband stayed in Washington to fight for health care.
Michelle Obama - with Sasha, 8, and Malia, 11, and about a dozen other people in tow - took in the matinee performance of "Memphis" Sunday.
Security blocked off 44th Street outside the Shubert Theatre when their motorcade arrived. Obama, the girls and their friends were hussled in through a side door to seats reserved in the first four rows of the theater.
"They didn't make an announcement but when they came in, everybody noticed and started taking pictures. Then people started clapping too and there was a standing ovation for them," said Terri Mertz, one surprised audience member.
"I knew she was tall but I didn't realize she was that tall!," said Mertz, referring to the striking First Lady, who was wearing a black dress.
Secret Service members, alarmed by the rash of audience members who reached for cellphones and digital cameras to photograph the First Gals, warned at intermission that they would confiscate anyone who tried to take anymore pictures.
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