Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Capitol will once again be the site for America’s biggest and best-loved birthday party: A Capitol Fourth 2007. This year, veteran actor Tony Danza will host a star-studded show featuring performances from some of the country’s best-known and award-winning musical artists, including recording artist Elliott Yamin (American Idol), Grammy award-winning gospel legend Yolanda Adams, Tony award-winner Bebe Neuwirth (Chicago, Cheers), the king of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Little Richard, country-music sensation Dierks Bentley, and star of the hit series Heroes Hayden Panettiere, with the National Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of top pops conductor Erich Kunzel. The spectacular concert brings PBS viewers an unrivaled evening of patriotic and uplifting music, followed by a stunning display of fireworks over the Washington Monument. The multi-award-winning annual event will be broadcast live in high definition with Dolby 5.1 sound on KUED-Channel 7 from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, July 4, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (repeating from 8:30 – 10 p.m.). A Capitol Fourth is broadcast to U.S. military personnel in more than 175 countries and aboard more than 200 U.S. Navy ships at sea by the American Forces Radio and Television Networks. The program is viewed by millions at home and attended by hundreds of thousands of people at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Tony Danza will open the evening’s star-spangled festivities with a patriotic performance to remember. Additionally, as this year marks the 50th anniversary of West Side Story, the National Symphony Orchestra will perform a special musical tribute to one of Broadway’s most successful and all-American shows. The celebration concludes with an audience favorite and now A Capitol Fourth tradition -- a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” complete with live cannon fire.
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