Streaming This December: Broadway’s Best Old & New

In case you missed the classics from our 2018 & 2019 Broadway’s Best lineup enjoy five of our favorite programs on Great Performances!

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I

Available through December 6

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic musical starring Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe went on to win the Tony Award for Best Musical Revival in 2015. Based on a true story, the year is 1862, and East and West collide when British schoolteacher Anna arrives in Siam (Thailand) to take up her post instructing the royal household of children.

Red

Available through December 13

Award-winning stage and screen actor Alfred Molina reprises his critically acclaimed performance as the American abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko in playwright John Logan’s Tony Award-winning 2010 play Red.

Much Ado About Nothing

Available through December 20

This bold interpretation of Shakespeare’s comedic masterpiece features Danielle Brooks (“Orange is the New Black,” Broadway’s “The Color Purple”) and Grantham Coleman (“Buzzer,” “The Americans”) as the sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick.

Kinky Boots

Available through December 27

Kinky Boots is the 2013 Broadway blockbuster with music and lyrics by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, a book by Tony-winning theater legend Harvey Fierstein and direction and choreography by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell (“La Cage aux Folles”) that went on to pick up every major Best Musical award, including the Tony, the GRAMMY and London’s Olivier Award. Based on true events, this big-hearted hit tells the story of two people with nothing in common—or so they think.

Harold Prince: The Director’s Life

Available through February 29, 2020

This Great Performances retrospective celebrates the extraordinary career of producer and director Harold Prince, whose seven decades in the theater spanned from Broadway’s “Golden Age” to the contemporary blockbusters of today.

Winner of 21 Tony Awards (the most of any individual), Prince’s peerless résumé includes such legendary shows as “West Side Story,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Cabaret,” “Company,” “Follies,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Evita,” “The Phantom of the Opera” and many more. In addition to archival clips, this fascinating performance-documentary includes interviews with many of Prince’s renowned collaborators, including Stephen SondheimAndrew Lloyd WebberMandy PatinkinJohn KanderSusan StromanAngela Lansbury and others, all sharing their firsthand insights into his pioneering achievements in the theater.