A revival of the musical The Color Purple, based on Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, arrives on Broadway starting November 6. The full cast, to be directed by Tony winner John Doyle, was announced this week.
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On June 19, 2001, E.L. Doctorow was interviewed for American Masters – F. Scott Fitzgerald: Winter Dreams. In this interview outtake, Doctorow talks about his approach to writing, and the importance of trusting the writing process as an act of discovery.
In an interview airing on MetroFocus, filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy speaks about her films and what she knows about the new Harper Lee novel Go Set a Watchman, to be released July 14, 2015, nearly 60 years to the day after the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird.
We mourn the death of actor Dick Van Patten (Dec. 9, 1928 - June 23, 20150). On June 6, 2012, he was interviewed for American Masters – Mel Brooks: Make A Noise (2013). In this never before seen outtake, Van Patten recalls the first time he met Mel Brooks in a Sunday tennis match with Mel, Carl Reiner, Alan Alda, and Gene Wilder.
Today, Loki Films and THIRTEEN’s American Masters series announced they are co-producing a new documentary about television legend Norman Lear (born July 27, 1922). American Masters: Norman Lear (w.t.) is expected to premiere on PBS during Fall 2016. Largely responsible for the explosion of bold American television in the 1970s, Lear’s name is synonymous with the sitcom.
In this film outtake, Sledge recollects growing up in Leighton, Alabama, his love for Elvis Presley and country singers, and his youthful musical performances. Sledge, whose best known classic hit is “When a Man Loves a Woman,” died on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was 73.
Peabody Award-winning journalist Bob Simon (1941 - 2015) details his career path as young man, from the foreign service to the United Nations to his first job as a broadcast journalist, for CBS news.
A magician, playwright, Hollywood icon, classical musician, author, tennis champion and photographer have at least this in common: they are all in the 2015 line-up of the award-winning series, American Masters.