WASHINGTON, June 29, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Christopher Jackson, who stars as George Washington in the Broadway smash hit musical HAMILTON, winner of 11 Tony Awards, is set to perform at PBS' A CAPITOL FOURTH. Jackson made his Broadway debut in the original production of THE LION KING and has since appeared in such Broadway productions as HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME; AFTER MIDNIGHT; THE BRONX BOMBERS and MEMPHIS, to name a few, as well as starring in Lin-Manuel Miranda's IN THE HEIGHTS, for which he won a Drama Desk Award. He has won an Emmy, a Grammy, and most recently received his first Tony award nomination for HAMILTON. He will next star in the new CBS drama, BULL. Jackson will join Smokey Robinson, Kenny Loggins, General Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.), Gavin DeGraw, Amber Riley, Cassadee Pope, Alisan Porter, Jackie Evancho, Yolanda Adams, Sutton Foster, Scott Hamilton, Members of Team USA and the cast of ON YOUR FEET! on stage Monday, July 4th from 8:00 - 9:30 pm ET.
The evening of unforgettable performances will be capped off by an incomparable fireworks extravaganza and broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on PBS, NPR and around the world on the American Forces Network. And, for the first time ever the broadcast will be live-streamed online on Facebook Live and www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth and will also be available as Video on Demand for a limited time only, July 4 to July 18, 2016.
The program is a co-production of Jerry Colbert of Capital Concerts and WETA, Washington, D.C. Executive producers Jerry Colbert and Michael Colbert have assembled an award-winning production team that features the top Hollywood talent behind some of television's most prestigious entertainment shows including the GRAMMY AWARDS, COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, TONY AWARDS, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and more.
About Capital Concerts
Capital Concerts is the production force behind two of television's longest-running and highest-rated live programs commemorating America's most important holidays. THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT, the nation's tribute to our men and women in uniform, and A CAPITOL FOURTH, our country's biggest birthday party, have become American traditions that have consistently ranked among the highest rated programs on PBS over the past decade. The holiday specials have been honored with over 70 awards including the New York Film Festival Award, the Telly Award, the Golden Cine Award, the Videographer Award, the National Education Association Award, the Aurora Award, the Christopher Award, the Communicator's Award, the AXIEM Award, the Omni Award and the Writer's Guild of America Award.
A CAPITOL FOURTH is made possible by grants from The Boeing Company, the National Park Service, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Department of the Army, PBS and public television stations nationwide. Air travel is provided by American Airlines.
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