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Broadway's Smash Hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL to Perform on PBS' A CAPITOL FOURTH, America's National Independence Day Celebration, Live From the U.S. Capitol
WASHINGTON, June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The 33rdannual broadcast ofA CAPITOL FOURTHon PBS will feature over thirty cast members, including Tony Awardnominee Brandon Victor Dixon,Saycon Sengblohand 2013 Tony AwardnomineeValisia LeKae, from Broadway's new smash hitMOTOWN THE MUSICAL. The company's medley of legendary Motown hits from the Broadway musical will include "Stop in the Name of Love," "Get Ready" and "Dancing in the Street" arranged and orchestrated for the majestic National Symphony Orchestraby 2013 Tony AwardnomineesEthan PoppandBryan Crook.
MOTOWN THE MUSICALis the sole Broadway production selected for the event and features the largest Broadway cast ever to perform onA CAPITOL FOURTH. Hosted bytwo-time Emmy Award-winning television personalityTom Bergeron(DANCING WITH THESTARS), America's National Independence Day celebration is broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol onThursday, July 4, 2013 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ETbefore a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. The program can also be heard live over NPR member stations nationwide.
MOTOWN THE MUSICALproducerKevin McCollumsaid:"The Motown sound became an engine for change that transformed the fabric of this country. It taught us to sing together, then dance together, and, finally, work towards living together in harmony. It is a story that could have only happened in America, so it seems appropriate forMotown The Musicalto celebrate Independence Day in the heart of our nation's capital with 'A Capitol Fourth.'"
A CAPITOL FOURTHwill also feature performances by: music legendBarry Manilow,Candice Glover, the Season 12 winner of AMERICAN IDOL; country music artist Scotty McCreery(winner ofAMERICAN IDOL); actor and singerDarren Criss(GLEE); musical prodigy and classical crossover starJackie Evancho;Broadway and television starMegan Hilty(SMASH);and five-time Academy Award-winnerJohn Williamsconducting music from the Oscar-winning blockbusterLINCOLN; with the National Symphony Orchestraunder the direction of top pops conductorJack Everly.
Broadway's biggest box office hit of the year,MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, featuring music and lyrics from the legendary Motown catalogue and a book byBerry Gordy opened at The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on April 14.
Directed byCharles Randolph-Wright,MOTOWN THE MUSICALis the real story of the one-of-a-kind sound that hit the airwaves in 1959 and changed our culture forever. This exhilarating show charts Motown Founder Berry Gordy's incredible journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and many more.
Featuring all the classics you love,MOTOWN THE MUSICALtells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. The music that shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat finally comes to Broadway in the season's most anticipated world-premiere event.
MOTOWN THE MUSICALstars Tony AwardnomineeBrandon Victor Dixon(The Color Purple) andValisia LeKae(The Book of Mormon) in the leading roles of Berry Gordy and Diana Ross and featuresCharl Brown(Jersey Boys) as Smokey Robinson andBryan Terrell Clarkas Marvin Gayeleading an ensemble cast of 40.
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