September 19, 2008

Jennifer Hudson, "GMA" Spend Morning at the Newseum

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WASHINGTON — Fans of "Good Morning America" and singer Jennifer Hudson received a double treat Sept. 19, 2008, when "GMA" anchors Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, Chris Cuomo and Sam Champion and Oscar-winner Hudson appeared live at the Newseum.

More than 600 fans waited in line at the Newseum’s C Street group entrance to receive complimentary tickets to the show. The program featured behind-the-scenes tours of many of the Newseum’s galleries and exhibits. The 90-foot-high New York Times—Ochs–Sulzberger Great Hall of News was the dramatic setting for Hudson’s concert.

Hudson sang two songs: "Spotlight," from her new album, and "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," the showstopper from the movie "Dreamgirls," for which she won the Academy Award.

The "GMA Whistle-Stop Tour" kicked off Sept. 15 with "GMA" anchors traveling aboard a specially equipped antique train from New York through seven states over five days. Live broadcasts in four states and the District of Columbia also featured concerts by James Taylor in Massachusetts and Brad Paisley in Ohio.

The Whistle-Stop Tour is part of a "50 States in 50 Days" joint initiative by ABC News and USA Today to report from every state in the nation during the 50 days leading up to the presidential election.

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