The Osmond Brothers and Andy Williams go way back.
It was Williams who introduced Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay to America on his television program in 1962.The five will again take the stage together July 4th for Alan Osmond's Stadium of Fire, which caps the America's Freedom Festival in Provo. This year's show is billed as "Red, Hot and Blue." The event is produced by Alan Osmond.
The show will mark the first time in about 10 years the original Osmond Brothers will sing together. It will be Williams' first performance in Utah.
"We're coming out of retirement for a while," said Alan Osmond. "We at least want to get together and sing a song with Andy on stage."
Joining them on stage will be country vocalist Lorrie Morgan and actress Phylicia Rashad.
A regular at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn., Morgan recently recorded a duet with Dolly Parton.
Rashad plays Clair Huxtable on the comedy series "The Cosby Show."
The Osmond Boys, who just finished taping a new music video, will be on hand to entertain the younger fans in the audience.
And the fireworks display will be as dazzling as ever, Osmond says. It's one of the biggest fireworks shows in the nation.
"It's going to be red, white and blue all over," he said. "We're going to recreate a moment in Baghdad." Paul Austin Fireworks will provide both aerial and ground displays. A military flyover is also set to kick off the evening, and over 50,000 American flags will be displayed.
Osmond said part of the show will be a tribute and welcome home to troops who served during the war in the Persian Gulf.
Carl Bacon, president of the Freedom Festival, said Osmond's show is one of the premier Fourth of July celebrations in the nation. The festival, in its 25th year, and the 10th annual Stadium of Fire, have become national events, he said.
Utah County, with about 260,000 residents, doubles in size during the festival, said Linda Walton, president of Provo's Association of Involved Merchants. Hotels, restaurants and stores are filled with visitors. "Economic development is incredible," Walton said.
Activities centering on the Fourth of July are planned for the middle of June to the first part of July.
Tickets for the Stadium of Fire, held at Cougar Stadium, go on sale April 29 at the BYU Marriott Center ticket office and all Smith's Tix outlets. They range in price from $8 to $17.50.