Star-Spangled Banner: Celebrating the Wartime Poem Turned National Anthem in Baltimore

In 1814, while witnessing a key battle of the War of 1812 in Baltimore’s harbor, Francis Scott Key penned the poem “Defence of Fort M’Henry,” which would transform into the national anthem of the United States. See how Baltimore is celebrating the bicentennial of the “Star-Spangled Banner” with a week of events and a spectacular evening on September 13.

Do You Remember Your Yiddish?

In Rejoice with Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, two virtuosos unite for a diverse evening of music, including Yiddish folk and theater tunes. The show will have subtitles, but this fun quiz let’s you test your Yiddish before the PBS broadcast premiere on August 28, 9 pm.

A New Design for Great Performances!

There’s more Great Performances to see than ever before! We’re excited to open the curtain on a new site design that puts our extensive video library front and center, highlights our photogenic stars — as in this gallery of Hollow Crown series luminaries — and adds a brand new blog, “In the Wings,” to bring you […]

Robin Williams: In Memoriam (1951 – 2014)

Great Performances mourns the passing of the immensely talented comedian and actor Robin Williams, who brought his distinct unbridled passion to every performance. Williams will always be remembered from his television debut as the alien “Mork from Ork” in the smash network hit Mork & Mindy as well as his wonderful performances, both comic and dramatic, in films such […]

Mary Rodgers Guettel: In Memoriam (1931 – 2014)

Mary Rodgers Guettel (1931 – 2014) wrote the hit musical Once Upon a Mattress (1959), starring Carol Burnett, which effectively launched Carol Burnett’s career. Rodgers also wrote the music for the musicals and revues From A to Z (1960), Hot Spot (1963), The Mad Show (1966), Working (1978), and Phyllis Newman’s one-woman show The Madwoman of Central Park West (1979).

Eli Wallach: In Memoriam (1915 – 2014)

Great Performances mourns the passing of Eli Wallach (1915 – 2014), an immensely talented and prolific character actor who graced the stage and the screens of both television and film. He died on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. He was 98 years old. Mr. Wallach was perhaps most recognized for his notable film roles including Clark […]