This July 4th, America’s national Independence Day celebration kicks off our country’s 236th birthday, as A CAPITOL FOURTH (2012) welcomes a new host, Emmy Award-winning television personality Tom Bergeron. Hot off another winning season as host of the hit TV series “Dancing With the Stars,” Bergeron will lead an all-star cast in a patriotic evening of unrivaled musical performances, topped off by the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation. The multi award-winning event will feature acclaimed Broadway and television star Megan Hilty (“Smash”); singer-songwriter Javier Colon (winner of “The Voice”); R&B superstars Kool & the Gang; four time Tony-nominated Broadway star Kelli O’Hara; the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly; plus a tribute to Team USA honoring the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams (additional talent to be announced). The broadcast will be live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
A CAPITOL FOURTH has truly become America’s favorite Independence Day celebration and a cornerstone of PBS’ annual programming line-up, as evidenced by the ratings. During the 2010-2011 season, A CAPITOL FOURTH took the top prize, for the second consecutive year, as the number one rated program in primetime. A CAPITOL FOURTH reached more than 11 million viewers.
“What an honor to be in the nation’s capital for America’s biggest birthday party,” said Bergeron. “Hosting A CAPITOL FOURTH enables me to celebrate two things I’m a big fan of — America and PBS!”
The 2012 broadcast of A CAPITOL FOURTH will include two unique segments:
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