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As America celebrates its 237th birthday, some big names intend to help.
Several networks will hold to tradition Thursday, July 4, by offering star-studded Independence Day specials with an emphasis on music.
On PBS (check local listings), Barry Manilow will return to "A Capitol Fourth" as he joins fellow music icon Neil Diamond, former "Smash" co-star Megan Hilty, award-winning composer-conductor John Williams, "American Idol" winners Candice Glover and Scotty McCreery, Darren Criss ("Glee"), "America's Got Talent" alum Jackie Evancho, the National Symphony Orchestra, and host Tom Bergeron on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
"America's Got Talent" also will be represented on NBC, as Nick Cannon -- that contest's host -- presides again over "Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular" in New York, with the musical guests including someone he knows quite well: his wife, recent "American Idol" judge Mariah Carey. Taylor Swift, Cher, Tim McGraw, »
The pop-music icon will spend most of his summer prepping the relaunch of "Harmony," a stage show about a wartime singing group that he and longtime creative partner Bruce Sussman first produced in 1997. An extensively revised version opens at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre in September, and Manilow appreciates the show-mounting struggles the characters on NBC's recently ended Broadway drama "Smash" faced.
"It's been a very tough road for this beautiful show," Manilow tells Zap2it of "Harmony," maintaining it was "never, ever" because of the content. "It was always because of investors and producers, all the people you need to deal with when you're trying to raise $15 million to $18 million and get to New York.
"We just had bad luck. We would sign a contract and they'd keep us (on hold »
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