By Andrew Gans
04 Jul 2012
The 90-minute celebration features the talents of "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips; two-time Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick and four-time Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara performing songs from Nice Work If You Can Get It; "Smash" and Broadway actress Megan Hilty; singer-songwriter and winner of "The Voice" Javier Colon; country music star Josh Turner; R&B superstars Kool & The Gang; tenor Russell Watson; "Glee" singer-actress Amber Riley; and the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Jack Everly.
“What an honor to be in the nation’s capital for America’s biggest birthday party,” said Bergeron in a previous statement. “Hosting 'A Capitol Fourth' enables me to celebrate two things I’m a big fan of - America and PBS!”
Added executive producer Jerry Colbert, “We are thrilled that Tom Bergeron will lead our nation in this star-spangled celebration. We are also humbled that the viewers have chosen this unique live television event as their favorite. With the eyes of America upon us, we join as one family to celebrate our freedoms, using the magical medium of television.”
Also participating in the event are The Choral Arts Society of Washington, along with The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band, the Quantico Marine Corps 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.