The event, which was filmed June 6 as part of the Ford's Theatre Society's annual gala, features 2010 Tony nominee Montego Glover (performing her Memphis solo, "Colored Woman"); Laura Michelle Kelly, Gavin Lee and the Broadway company of Mary Poppins (singing "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"); "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson performing "Everybody Got Their Something"; and Tony Award-winning stage and screen actor Dick Van Dyke performing an a capella medley of tunes from his films with the Ventastix.
"The Modern Family" star Ty Burrell hosts the concert, which also features appearances by Renée Fleming, George Lopez, Lionel Richie, Robin Roberts, The Soldiers' Chorus of the United States Army Field Band, and cast members from the Ford's Theatre production of Little Shop of Horrors.
The evening also includes the presentation of the Ford's Theatre Lincoln Medal to South African human rights activists Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Justice Albie Sachs, "whose accomplishments exemplify the character and lasting legacy of President Abraham Lincoln." General Colin Powell honors five veterans who have received the Medal of Honor.
First Lady Michelle Obama serves as the honorary chair of the gala celebration.
Gil Cates is the executive producer of "America Celebrates July 4th at Ford's Theatre." Dennis Doty is producer and Paul Miller directs. Bill Conti is musical director. The director of Ford's Theatre Society is Paul R. Tetreault. *
Since its reopening in 1968, more than 100 years after the April 14, 1865, assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, Ford's Theatre has been one of the most-visited sites in the nation's capital. Ford's Theatre's mission is "to celebrate the legacy of Abraham Lincoln and explore the American experience through theatre and education." For more information on Ford's Theatre and the Ford's Theatre Society, visit www.fords.org.