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Celebrities turn out for Clinton

NEW YORK--Stars of Hollywood and Broadway — including Julia Roberts, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Hugh Jackman, Emily Blunt, Neil Patrick Harris and Helen Mirren — put on a splashy fundraiser for Hillary Clinton.

The Democratic candidate could only address the group via a video message Monday evening. But daughter Chelsea and husband, Bill, were present at the sold-out event at the 1,300 seat St. James Theatre. Billy Crystal was host and Barbra Streisand lent her recorded voice to the show.

"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 Clinton said.

Bill Clinton called his wife "the single-best changemaker I've ever known." He added: "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 event alternated performances with readings or short speeches. Angela Bassett recited a Sojourner Truth speech, Mirren read one by Eleanor Roosevelt and Julia Roberts read a column by Molly Ivins.

Joel Grey and Sienna Miller sang "Wilkommen" from "Cabaret," Parker and Andrea McArdle belted out "Tomorrow" from "Annie," Anne Hathaway and Kelli O'Hara sang a tuneful medley of "Get Happy" and "Happy Days Are Here Again," and Sara Bareilles sang her hit "Brave."

Jon Hamm and Jake Gyllenhaal teamed up to perform a bit of Sinclair Lewis's play "It Can't Happen Here," Alan Cumming spoke about LGBT rights, Lena Dunham recited part of Hillary Clinton's concession speech in 2008 and new Tony Award-winner Cynthia Erivo closed the show with a gospel-tinged "Battle Hymn of the Republic."

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Entertainer Billy Crystal performs the opening number during a benefit concert for the Hillary Victory Fund in New York, Monday. (AP)

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