Fridays, November 2 – November 23, 9:00pm ET
A weekly Friday night salute to Broadway, PBS raises the curtain on some of the most acclaimed musical productions.
GREAT PERFORMANCES: An American In Paris
Friday, November 2, 9:00pm ET
Jerry Mulligan is an American ex-GI who stays in post-war Paris to become a painter, and falls for the charms of Lise Bouvier (Leslie Caron). However, his paintings come to the attention a rich American heiress, who is interested in more than just art. The production stars the London’s West End Tony nominees Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope.
GREAT PERFORMANCES: The Sound of Music
Friday, November 9, 9:00pm ET
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1959 hit stage musical garnered five Tony Awards, telling the inspiring true story of the von Trapp Family Singers and their escape from Austria during of Nazism. Great Performances presents the live U.K. broadcast version starring Kara Tointon as Maria, Julian Ovenden as Captain von Trapp.
GREAT PERFORMANCES: John Leguizamo’s Road to Broadway (w.t.)
Friday, November 16, 9:00pm ET
Great Performances presents this behind-the-scenes documentary that chronicles Leguizamo’s latest theatrical showcase, “Latin History for Morons,” a highly comedic yet pointed look at the systematic repression of Hispanic culture throughout American history.
GREAT PERFORMANCES: Harold Prince: A Director’s Journey (w.t.)
Friday, November 23, 9:00pm ET
Celebrate the extraordinary career of producer and director Harold Prince, whose six decades in the theater form a bridge from the “Golden Age” of Broadway’s mid-century to the contemporary theater of today. Prince’s résumé includes such legendary shows as Damn Yankees, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, Evita, and The Phantom of the Opera