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ON STAGE AT THE WHITE HOUSE:
THE GOVERNORS' DINNER

Natalie Cole Premiered: Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Go behind the scenes as well as in the first row as President and Mrs. Bush mount a dazzling entertainment for the governors of our fifty states, featuring a performance by singer Natalie Cole.
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ON STAGE AT THE KENNEDY CENTER:
A HOLIDAY CONCERT FOR THE TROOPS

Marvin Hamlisch Premiered: Tuesday, December 23, 2003
Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch and the National Symphony Orchestra honor U.S. servicemen and women stationed around the world with a joyous and festive musical concert from Washington, D.C.
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ON STAGE AT THE KENNEDY CENTER:
THE MARK TWAIN PRIZE 2003 - LILY TOMLIN

Lily Tomlin Premiered: Wednesday, November 26, 2003
This 90-minute special featured tributes to Lily Tomlin and comic performances from an all-star cast of Tomlin's friends and colleagues, along with classic film and television clips.
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ON STAGE AT THE KENNEDY CENTER:
THE MARK TWAIN PRIZE 2002 - BOB NEWHART

Bob Newhart Premiered: Wednesday, November 13, 2002
An all-star cast of comedic greats paid tribute to one of the country's most beloved comedians and the recipient of the fifth Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, Bob Newhart.
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ON STAGE AT THE KENNEDY CENTER:
THE RICHARD RODGERS GALA

John Raitt and Shirley Jones Premiered: October 16, 2002
Rodgers' memorable work is showcased with performances by Broadway stars Shirley Jones, Howard Keel, Rita Moreno, John Raitt, Kristin Chenoweth and Audra McDonald, as well as violinist Joshua Bell, opera singers Sylvia McNair and Samuel Ramey and the National Symphony Orchestra.
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ON STAGE AT THE KENNEDY CENTER:
THE MARK TWAIN PRIZE 2001 - WHOOPI GOLDBERG

Whoopi Goldberg Premiered: Wednesday, November 21, 2001
Actress and comedienne Whoppi Goldberg was fêted by an all-star cast of her peers as she was honored with the fourth Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
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Millions of PBS viewers nationwide are familiar with the high-profile performance programs originating from two of Washington’s most important locations: The White House and The Kennedy Center.

In recent years, these two series — known as In Performance at the White House and The Kennedy Center Presents — have entertained PBS viewers with 45 individual programs featuring such performers as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Elvis Costello, Sigourney Weaver, Steve Martin, Placido Domingo and B.B. King. In addition, these programs have paid tribute to such emerging artists as dancer Savion Glover and blues star Jonny Lang.

In many ways, Washington D.C. serves as our nation's stage — its unique venues reflecting the importance of the arts in our national life. For this reason, WETA Washington, D.C. has created the new umbrella series, entitled On Stage, to showcase performance programming from the nation’s capital.

On Stage continues public television's tradition of presenting the extraordinary richness and variety of the performing arts to a wide viewing audience. It is the goal of our series to expand and perpetuate this mission with performances from a variety of uniquely Washington venues.


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