Cavanaugh and Callaway will record two songs for Macy’s upcoming Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular. In addition to four patriotic standards, the 27th Annual Macy’s Spectacular will — for the first time — feature an original musical score. Penned by Doug Katsaros, who wrote the opening theme as well as special material for the 2001 and 2002 Tony Awards, the score is entitled “The Lights of Freedom Suite” and features lyrics by William Schermerhorn. Callaway will record Katsaros’ “Free to Dream,” backed by the Highbridge Voices Choir, and Cavanaugh will lay down vocals for “The Lights of Freedom.” On July 4, both songs will be played featuring “amazing pyrotechnic choreography in America’s largest fireworks show.” This year’s Fireworks Spectacular in New York City will be broadcast nationally on NBC-TV and will boast a star-studded line-up of celebrity narrators as well as performances by popular recording artists and Broadway stars. The daughter of a television reporter and a Broadway vocal coach, Ann Hampton Callaway has been singing since she was a small child. Not only a singer, she is also an acclaimed songwriter, whose works have been performed by Barbra Streisand, Patti LuPone and dozens of others. For her Broadway debut in Swing!, Callaway garnered a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, and her much-praised cabaret act with sister Liz, "Sibling Revelry," is available from DRG Records.
Michael Cavanaugh is currently making his Broadway debut in Movin’ Out at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, where he plays and sings the music of Billy Joel. He can be heard as the voice of Razz on the Emmy winning children’s show “The Reppies,” and he is currently composing his own project.
For information about viewing the fireworks display live, call (212) 494 4495.