Tony nominee Laura Osnes, who currently stars in the new Broadway musical Bandstand, has joined the lineup for the 37th annual edition of PBS’ A Capitol Fourth. The event will be broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol July 4 beginning at 8 PM ET.
Sofia Carson will open the show, which will be hosted by stage and screen star John Stamos, with a special performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
The all-star musical and fireworks extravaganza will also include performances by Kellie Pickler; Yolanda Adams; Sam Moore; Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi of The Blues Brothers; music legends The Beach Boys, with special guests Stamos (drums) and Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath (vocals); Motown stars The Four Tops; and The Voice Season 12 winner Chris Blue.
The artists will be backed by the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of pops conductor Jack Everly.
The concert will also feature a tribute to our men and women in uniform by country music star Trace Adkins, who will perform his new single, “Still A Soldier.”
The program will feature 20 cameras positioned around the city to capture the fireworks display including the U.S. Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Washington Monument. Capping off the show will be a rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” complete with live cannon fire provided by the United States Army Presidential Salute Battery. Also participating in the event: the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the U.S. Army Ceremonial Band, members of the Armed Forces carrying the State and Territorial Flags, and the Armed Forces Color Guard provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.
Check out footage from the new musical Bandstand below:
(Updated June 26, 2017)