A visibly relaxed — some even said "glowing" — Barack Obama and his daughter Malia made a stealth visit to Broadway Friday night, taking in a show and delighting a (very) few alert theatergoers.
He's rested & has a glow about him. The man is back. pic.twitter.com/EGyrjSn8EY— deray mckesson (@deray) February 24, 2017
According to a patron seated in front of the Obamas at the evening performance of "Arthur Miller's The Price" at American Airlines Theatre on 42nd St., the former president and his daughter, 18, arrived discreetly and "came in and left when the lights were down."
Barack Obama just arrived in row just behind me for Broadway show. Performance is revival of Arthur Miller's "The Price."— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) February 25, 2017
The same patron was shocked that so few people seated around the Obamas figured out who they were, tweeting, "The crowd didn't notice. Nice job, Secret Service."
A woman sitting five seats from Obama just said she didn't realize it was him.— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) February 25, 2017
The Obamas posed for photos with the featured cast, including prominent progressive activist Mark Ruffalo, Danny DeVito, Tony Shalhoub and Jessica Hecht.
Though the Obamas were virtually unnoticed during the show — even sticking around to join the standing O after — President Obama did get some cheers as he slipped out the stage door at the end of the evening:
Barack Obama leaving the theater a few moments ago after seeing "The Price" in NYC: https://t.co/o7ddKKz9Rc— Theo (@TheoRabinowitz) February 25, 2017
The Roundabout Theatre Company, which is behind the acclaimed production, tweeted, "We are so honored to have had President @BarackObama in our theater this evening for #ThePriceBway!"
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Obama has been enjoying his NYC visit, People magazine reports, including a Thursday night dinner with Malia at Emilio's Ballato, a restaurant in Soho. He also received a boisterous reception while grabbing coffee Friday on Fifth Avenue: