WASHINGTON — Kelli O'Hara, Matthew Broderick, Josh Turner, John Williams and a dozen U.S. Olympic athletes will be among the headliners for this year's July Fourth celebration on the National Mall.
The annual “A Capitol Fourth” concert will feature O'Hara and Broderick in selections from the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” O'Hara earned her fourth Tony nomination for her role as Billie Bendix in the new Gershwin musical.
The performers will take the stage on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before the annual Independence Day fireworks display in Washington, which typically draws hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the country. The program will feature the National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jack Everly.
Turner has had three No. 1 singles on the U.S. country charts, including “Why Don't We Just Dance.” Kool & The Gang, tenor Russell Watson, singer/actress Megan Hilty, singer Javier Colon and the National Symphony Orchestra are also slated to perform.
Williams will conduct a performance of his “Olympic Fanfare” alongside U.S. Olympic athletes who will be competing in this year's Summer Games, including archer Khatuna Lorig, fencer Daryl Homer and weightlifter Sarah Robles. Gold medal-winning speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno will host that portion of the program, while Tom Bergeron of “Dancing With the Stars” will serve as the main host.
OETA will broadcast the concert at 7 p.m. July 4. A second airing will follow at 8:30 p.m.
Contributing: Rick Rogers, staff writer