Vanessa Williams, who was Tony-nominated for her performance in the revival of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods, will be featured on the July 18 broadcast of "Evening at Pops." Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra — under the direction of Keith Lockhart — will offer a salute to black musicals, including Carmen Jones' "Beat Out Da Rhythm On a Drum," Cabin in the Sky's "Taking a Chance on Love" and St. Louis Woman's "Come Rain or Come Shine." Williams will also sing her two pop hits, "Save the Best for Last" and the Stephen Schwartz ballad "Colors of the Wind."
Boston Pops Conductor Laureate, John Williams, returns for the July 25 program, which pays tribute to Bernard Herrmann and Henry Mancini. The tribute to the latter will feature guests Julie Andrews, Blake Edwards, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Monica Mancini. Tony winner Mitchell will perform "Whistling Away the Dark" and "The Days of Wine and Roses."
"From Screen to Stage" will celebrate films that were turned into Broadway musicals. Wicked's Kristin Chenoweth will be on hand to perform "Let Yourself Go" and "Apartment 14G" as well as Candide's "Glitter and Be Gay." "Chicago" director Rob Marshall will also be part of the Aug. 1 broadcast.
The summer season also includes an evening with pop star Michael McDonald and fiddling sensation Natalie MacMaster (July 11) as well as repeat broadcasts of Martin Short and the cast of The Music Man (July 6), Lara Fabian, Josh Groban and Christopher Parkening (Aug. 8), Ricky Skaggs (Aug. 15), a Jerry Herman tribute with Faith Prince, Marin Mazzie and John Barrowman (Aug. 22) and an evening of Rodgers and Hart (Aug. 29). Broadcast dates vary from city to city; check local listings. For more information visit www.pbs.org.