VIDEO: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Cast Performs on PBS's 'A Capitol Fourth'
The 33rd annual broadcast of A CAPITOL FOURTH on PBS featured over thirty cast members from Broadways' new SMASH hit Motown The Musical, including Tony Award nominee Brandon Victor Dixon, Saycon Sengbloh and 2013 Tony Award nominee Valisia LeKae.
The company's medley of legendary Motown hits from the Broadway musical included "Stop in the Name of Love," "Get Ready" and "Dancing in the Street" arranged and orchestrated for the majestic National Symphony Orchestra by 2013 Tony Award nominees Ethan Popp and Bryan Crook. Check out the performance below!
America's favorite host, two-time Emmy Award-winning television personality Tom Bergeron (DANCING WITH THE STARS) returned to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol to host A CAPITOL FOURTH, starring music legend Barry Manilow, who was back by popular demand following his powerful debut performance on the show in 2009.
Broadcast live on PBS, the biggest and brightest birthday party in the country also featured performances by: Candice Glover, the Season 12 winner of AMERICAN IDOL; country music artist Scotty McCreery (winner of AMERICAN IDOL); actor and singer Darren Criss (GLEE); musical prodigy and classical crossover star Jackie Evancho; Broadway and television star Megan Hilty (SMASH);Broadway's new hit Motown The Musical; and five-time Academy Award-winner John Williams conducting music from the Oscar-winning blockbuster LINCOLN; with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.
The 33(rd) annual broadcast of A CAPITOL FOURTH aired on PBS Thursday, July 4, 2013, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. The program was also heard live in stereo over NPR member stations nationwide.
With twenty cameras positioned around the city, including the U.S. Capitol, the White House and the Washington Monument, viewers were front and center for the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation during this top-rated extravaganza. Capping off the show was a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" complete with live cannon fire provided by the United States Army Presidential Salute Battery, an audience favorite and A CAPITOL FOURTH tradition. Also participating in the event was the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the U.S. Army Ceremonial Band and the Armed Forces Color Guard provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.
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