In Memoriam: Broadway Director and Producer Hal Prince

In Memoriam: Broadway Director and Producer Hal Prince

GREAT PERFORMANCES mourns the passing of pioneering producer and director Harold Prince, whose seven decades in the theater spanned from Broadway’s mid-century Golden Age to the contemporary blockbusters of today. Prince’s publicist Rick Miramontez confirmed Prince died Wednesday, after a brief illness in Reykjavik, Iceland. He was 91. Honored with 21 Tony Awards, the most […]

7 Scene-Stealing Performances in the Comic Opera “La Fille du Régiment”

 7 Scene-Stealing Performances in the Comic Opera “La Fille du Régiment”

Season 13 of Great Performances at the Met continues on Sunday, July 7 with Donizetti’s romantic comedy La Fille du Regiment, starring Pretty Yende, Javier Camarena, and Stephanie Blythe. Adding extra sparkle to the colorful comic opera is film icon Kathleen Turner, who makes her Met debut as the imperious Duchess of Krakenthorp.

In Memoriam: Lewis Cullman

In Memoriam: Lewis Cullman

Great Performances mourns the passing Lewis Cullman, who for decades along with his late wife Dorothy was one of New York City’s leading patrons of arts and cultural institutions.  In addition to select Great Performances programs, the Cullmans’ support of arts and culture programs produced and presented on PBS by THIRTEEN included such multi-part series as “EGG the arts […]

Streaming This Summer: Gypsy, Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy, The Sound of Music

Streaming This Summer: Gypsy, Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy, The Sound of Music

Just in time for summer, enjoy three of our favorite programs on Great Performances! June/July: Gypsy Available from June 1 to July 31 Jonathan Kent’s award-winning production of the classic musical Gypsy features Imelda Staunton as Rose, Lara Pulver as Louise and Peter Davison as Herbie. Gypsy is considered by many to be one of Broadway’s all-time triumphs. It […]

GRAMMY Salute to Music Legends Attendees

GRAMMY Salute to Music Legends Attendees

The Recording Academy™ honored its 2019 Special Merit Awards recipients with “GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends®,” an awards ceremony and live tribute concert that took place on May 11, 2019 that will premiere on Great Performances on PBS. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are Black Sabbath, George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Billy Eckstine, Donny Hathaway, […]

Recording Academy™ To Honor Special Merit Awards Recipients With GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends™ on May 11

Recording Academy™ To Honor Special Merit Awards Recipients With GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends™ on May 11

Annual Awards and Tribute Concert to be filmed as part of  “Great Performances” Series on PBS The Recording Academy™ will honor its 2019 Special Merit Awards recipients with “GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends®,” an awards ceremony and live tribute concert on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. This year’s Lifetime Achievement […]

Phyllida Lloyd Set “Julius Caesar” In A Prison. Here’s Why It Worked.

 Phyllida Lloyd Set “Julius Caesar” In A Prison. Here’s Why It Worked.

By Britt Stigler for ALL ARTS “Only 15 percent of women in prison are there because of violent crimes. Over half have been victims of domestic abuse. And that’s partly my story. I retaliated, finally.” These lines are among the first spoken in Phyllida Lloyd’s heavy metal, stark, contemporary take on Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” Set […]

Celebrate Women’s History Month with Great Performances

Celebrate Women’s History Month with <i>Great Performances</i>

Great Performances is proud to commemorate Women’s History Month with three special programs celebrating the remarkable achievements of a diverse roster of creative women: Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration, Birgit Nilsson: A League of Her Own, and the Donmar Warehouse’s all-female interpretation of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration Beginning March on PBS […]

In Memoriam: André Previn

In Memoriam: André Previn

Great Performances mourns the passing of pianist, conductor and composer André Previn, whose prodigious talents spanned across many genres including pop, musical theater, jazz, classical and opera. Previn’s appearances on Great Performances reflected this extraordinary range over four diverse programs: Rubinstein Plays Chopin (1975) and Rubinstein at 90 (1977), featuring Previn conducting the London Symphony, as well as A Carnegie Hall Christmas Concert in […]

In Memoriam: Carol Channing

In Memoriam: Carol Channing

Great Performances mourns the passing of Broadway legend Carol Channing, whose memorable appearances on the series included Broadway Sings: The Music of Jule Styne in 1987 and “Jerry Herman’s Broadway at the Bowl” in 1994.  Channing was also interviewed for the six-part Broadway: The American Musical in 2004.  In this clip from The Music of Jule Styne, Channing performs her signature […]