PROVO When Miley Cyrus finally rolls into town on the Fourth of July to headline this year's much-anticipated Stadium of Fire, lots of little girls will be on hand to follow her every move at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
Organizers had some trouble securing a big act for the event, which culminates America's Freedom Festival in Provo. But they couldn't be happier about landing Cyrus for the concert and fireworks show at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
"We are thrilled that Miley would accept our invitation to headline this year's show and to perform some of her own hits," said Brad Pelo, senior executive producer of the Stadium of Fire. "After exploring the possibility for two years now, we feel fortunate that at a time when she is literally at the top of her game, she would agree to come and be a part of our Independence Day celebration."
In a video, 15-year-old Cyrus herself announced her Stadium of Fire appearance to fans. "We're going to set the place on fire, all right," she told fans. "And I'm really looking forward to it."
Doralee Johnson of Brigham City took her daughter and niece to an Oct. 27 Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana show at EnergySolutions Arena. Even though they had a fantastic time, they won't be at the Stadium of Fire unless they win a few of the much-sought-after tickets.
Johnson, her daughter, Megan, and niece, Annie Woodruff of Salt Lake City, spent that October evening screaming and singing along with the Disney Channel star.
"The next day I lost my voice," said 11-year-old Megan Johnson, whose room is decked out in all things "Hannah Montana."
Woodruff, 11, didn't mind getting specific about Cyrus' appeal.
"She sings really good. And I liked her because she's just really fun," she said. "And her music, I like it because it's upbeat."
Reasons for Cyrus' popularity, however, are slightly different for parents.
"As long as (Cyrus) is portraying a good girl, she'll probably remain a fan," Doralee Johnson said about her daughter. "But if (Cyrus) starts doing stupid things, she'll probably stop liking her."
Johnson pointed to Cyrus' recent photo shoot.
"She's a great role model until that picture that picture from Vanity Fair. That really disappointed me," Johnson said. "I don't want my kids to have to see that."
Salt Lake resident Carina Astill said her 6-year-old daughter watches as much "Hannah Montana" as she's allowed to, sometimes as many as four episodes a day.
"It's probably one show that I'm fine with her watching," Astill said. "She's quirky and kooky, but it's cute."
Astill's daughter, Rylee, said her favorite part of the show is "when she sings."
Tickets for the 58,000-seat July 4 event went on sale April 4 and, according to BYU's Marriott Center ticket office, sold out in approximately 10 minutes.
Of the nearly 1,000 people lined up outside the arena that afternoon, only the first 250 made it to the window. Each of them was allowed to buy 25 tickets priced from $35 to $120.
A posting on craigslist.com offered eight lower-bowl tickets for $7,590, although the seller was willing to make a trade for stainless steel appliances or hardwood floor material for a new house.
In addition to Cyrus, the Stadium of Fire will feature the Blue Man Group. Known for its multimedia theatrics show, the group may help entertain spectators taller than 4 feet.
Glenn Beck, who hosts a syndicated radio talk show as well as a program on CNN Headline News, will emcee the event. For the sixth consecutive year, the Stadium of Fire will be telecast live to American troops stationed around the world.
Cyrus is most known for her hit Disney Channel show "Hannah Montana," in which she plays Hannah Stewart and her alter-ego music superstar Hannah Montana. Cyrus' real-life father, country music star Billy Ray Cyrus, plays her dad on the show. The duo, originally from Nashville, Tenn., have teamed up to produce a number of songs together as well as host awards shows.
If you go
What: "Stadium of Fire," Miley Cyrus, Blue Man Group, Glenn Beck
When: July 4, 8 p.m.
Where: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Brigham Young University
How much: $25-$120
E-mail: [email protected]