Laura Michelle Kelly, Gavin Lee, Kelly Clarkson Will Celebrate July 4 at Ford's Theatre; ABC to Film

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27 May 2010

Laura Michelle Kelly
Laura Michelle Kelly

Ford's Theatre Society's annual gala June 6 at Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC, will feature Laura Michelle Kelly and Gavin Lee from the Broadway Company of Mary Poppins, plus Kelly Clarkson, Dick Van Dyke and more.

ABC-TV will tape the show for future broadcast under the title "America Celebrates July 4th at Ford's Theatre." The program will air 9-10 PM (ET) July 2.

"Modern Family" cast member Ty Burrell hosts a star-studded program with 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 invitation-only evening will include 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."

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.

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Since its reopening in 1968, more than a hundred 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.