The right way to Watch ‘A Capitol Fourth’ With Jimmy Buffett & Extra
Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of African American slaves and has been celebrated yearly on June 19 in numerous elements of the USA. It was made a federal vacation this 12 months.
A Capitol Fourth is marking 41 years on the air. The present is broadcast to tens of millions of viewers on PBS and streaming platforms in addition to troops across the globe.
Williams serves as host this 12 months nevertheless it’s not be the primary time that she‘s introduced present social adjustments to the festivities. Finally 12 months’s present, Williams mentioned her musical alternatives expressed the angst that Black ladies — particularly moms — have been feeling.
She sang the Stephen Sondheim track, “Not Whereas I’m Round,” from his musical Sweeney Todd, an try to speak what she was feeling because the mom of a Black son.
The track “talked about simply the connection that you’ve got together with your baby and wanting to guard them, which was positively reflective of George Floyd and the way everyone felt that ache,” Williams mentioned.
One other Sondheim track, “Someplace” from West Aspect Story, conjured the dream of hope for a greater world. “It’s an enormous epic thought about there’s a spot for us someplace,” Williams mentioned. “Peace and quiet and open air, we’ll get there sometime. So, I obtained an opportunity to deal with that final 12 months.”
Williams has been no stranger to the annual present, having carried out or co-hosted quite a few occasions since 2005. She recalled her first duet accomplice was Elmo. “So, this 12 months, Kermit goes to be doing a few songs with me as I host. And, after all, I’ll be singing.”
Whereas COVID restrictions have just lately eased up, the present will nonetheless respect social distancing. Not one of the performances can be stay on the West Garden as they have been in earlier years. “Performers can be distant in New York and California, Nashville, all over,” Williams mentioned,
This 12 months’s lineup will embody Broadway phenoms like Cynthia Erivo, Christopher Jackson and Laura Osnes. R&B legend Gladys Knight, nation stars Alan Jackson and Jennifer Nettles, and the long-lasting Jimmy Buffett.
After which there are a number of company which can be out of this world — actually. “Now we have three of our astronauts which can be up within the area station that can be giving us a particular message for the Fourth of July” Williams mentioned.
A Capitol Fourth airs Sunday (July 4) at 8 p.m. ET/PT on PBS.