Broadway show tunes, patriotic songs and fireworks will be the order of the evening Tuesday for Independence Day festivities around the country, particularly those that air on television.
Washington celebrates the nation's birthday with the 90-minute-long ''A Capitol Fourth,'' produced live from the West Lawn of the Capitol, beginning at 8 and carried on PBS stations.
Barry Bostwick, who plays the mayor of New York City on ABC's ''Spin City,'' will host the concert for a third time and sing songs from ''The Music Man,'' including ''Trouble (Right Here in River City)'' and ''76 Trombones,'' accompanied by some of the 280-member Pride of the Dakotas marching band from South Dakota State University in Brookings. The band, which marched in both Clinton inaugurals, is here for the July 4 parade.
With Bostwick for this 21st annual concert -- the 19th to be televised -- are Lee Ann Womack, singing selections from her top-rated country album ''I Hope You Dance''; Ray Charles, singing ''America'' and ''Georgia''; and Broadway stars Audra McDonald and Kristin Chenoweth.
A three-time Tony winner, McDonald will sing the national anthem and selections from ''Carousel''; Chenoweth, who will play a struggling young actress on a midseason NBC series called ''Kristin,'' will do songs from the musical that won her a 1999 Tony, ''You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.''
Also on the card: flutist James Galway, doing songs composed by the late Henry Mancini, and pianist-composer David Benoit honoring cartoonist Charles Schultz, both performing with the NSO under the baton of Leonard Slatkin. The orchestra will also mark the 100th birthday anniversary of composer Aaron Copland by offering his ''Fanfare for the Common Man'' and ''Hoedown,'' from the ballet ''Rodeo.''
As it has in past editions of ''A Capitol Fourth,'' the National Symphony Orchestra plans to offer Tchaikovsky's ''1812 Overture,'' with U.S. Army cannon and bells, followed by a medley of John Philip Sousa marches as the National Park Service's fireworks begin decorating the night sky from the grounds of the Washington Monument.
Following ''A Capitol Fourth,'' PBS moves on to ''Cincinnati Pops Holiday: Fourth of July From the Heartland,'' with the Pops musicians under the baton of Erich Kunzel. Actors Danny Glover and Tom Wopat, singer Rosemary Clooney and trumpeter Doc Severinsen will guest.
Earlier in the day, PBS will telecast of ''The Greatest American Fourth of July'' from 9 a.m. to noon, promising the largest flotilla of tall ships, warships, submarines and smaller water craft ever assembled in New York Harbor. As many as 40,000 to 70,000 pleasure crafts are expected to crowd the Hudson River and and harbor to witness the event drawing official ships from the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia for the International Naval Review 2000, during which U.S. aircraft carriers, cruisers and destroyers present their colors to dignitaries including President Clinton.
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