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Chenoweth, Williams Featured in Evening at Pops in July-Aug

Vanessa Williams, Kristin Chenoweth, Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald and Julie Andrews will be just some of the stars featured on PBS' Evening at Pops series in July and August, as some of Broadway's brightest performers join musical forces with the Boston Pops. 

The 2005 season, featuring encore presentations of recent popular Evening at Pops programs, will kick off on Sunday, July 3 at 7 PM ET with the airing of "Keith Lockhart's 10th Anniversary Special."  CNN's Paula Zahn will invite viewers along for a night of magnificent music in celebrating the landmark anniversary of the Pops conductor.  The program will serve up choice highlights from the last 10 years, including performances by Nathan Lane, Martin Short, Patti Labelle, k.d. lang, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dawn Upshaw, Penn and Teller, Audra McDonald, the cast of Forever Tango, and many more.

"From Screen to Stage: Kristin Chenoweth and Rob Marshall," airing Sunday, July 10th, will find the petite Wicked star joining Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra to pay tribute to movie musicals that became Broadway musicals.  She will perform "Let Yourself Go" from Swingtime, and "The Girl in 14G" (cut from Thoroughly Modern Millie), as well as singing "Glitter and Be Gay" from Candide. 
Lockhart will then welcome his longtime friend and college classmate Rob Marshall (Oscar-winner for the film version of Chicago) for a conversation about Broadway stagings of movie musical classics.

On Sunday, July 17, celebrated pop star and former Doobie brother Michael McDonald, whose recent album Motown went platinum, will be featured.  McDonald will sing "I Can't Let Go" and "What A Fool Believes," as well as classic blockbusters from the Motown catalogue like "I Heard It Through The Grapevine." Then, Cape Breton fiddling sensation Natalie MacMaster will join the Boston Pops Orchestra in a special blend of Bluegrass and Celtic music.

On Sunday, July 24, Vanessa Williams (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Into the Woods) will be showcased in a tribute to landmark black Broadway musicals as she sings "Beat Out Da Rhythm On A Drum" from Carmen Jones, "Taking a Chance on Love" from Cabin in the Sky, "Come Rain Or Come Shine" from St. Louis Woman, and more.

On Sunday, July 31, Boston Pops Conductor Laureate John Williams will honor film music giants with a salute to unique collaborations between directors and composers. The program will begin with a special tribute to Bernard Herrmann (Pyscho, Vertigo) before Julie Andrews and Academy Award-winning Blake Edwards join Williams to pay tribute to another distinguished film scorer, their longtime friend and colleague, Henry Mancini. Brian Stokes Mitchell (Ragtime, Kiss Me Kate, Man of La Mancha) will perform "Whistling Away The Dark" from Darling Lili, "The Days of Wine and Roses," and other Mancini classics (including "Moon River," which he will perform with Mancini's daughter Monica). Williams will provide the music to accompany montages from Psycho, in addition to montages of other Alfred Hitchcock/Bernard Herrmann and Henry Mancini/Blake Edwards films.

The season will close on Sunday, August 7, with an Evening at Pops tribute to legendary Broadway composer Jerry Herman. In honor of Herman's 70th birthday, celebrities from the Great White Way -- including Tony Award-winner Faith Prince (Guys and Dolls), Marin Mazzie (Ragtime, Kiss Me, Kate), and John Barrowman (Putting It Together) -- will sing songs from hits such as Hello, Dolly!, La Cage aux Folles, and Mame.
 
For more information and to view local listings, visit www.pbs.org.




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