Interviews

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE!

Exclusive Interview: Bennett and Gaga on Performing Live

Lady Gaga calls the program Great Performances – Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE! “my favorite television performance that I’ve ever done,” in this interview. “The combination of the lighting with the authenticity of all the players, and us all following Mr. Bennett’s lead, it made for something that I think is […]

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE!

Exclusive Interview: Bennett and Gaga on Jazz

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga sat down with PBS for an exclusive interview about singing jazz, their live concert on PBS, and more. In this segment of their interview, the two stars — Tony Bennett, a jazz legend, and Lady Gaga, a young internationally acclaimed pop star — talk about jazz and making their collaborative […]

Sting: The Last Ship

Sting Interview on Creative Process

Sting talks to Paula Zahn of NYC-ARTS about his creative process for The Last Ship, which took place after a near decade-long hiatus from songwriting. His Broadway-bound musical is based on the shipbuilding history of his home town. Watch Sting Interview

Barrymore, Starring Christopher Plummer

Interview with Christopher Plummer

Christopher Plummer talks to Paula Zahn, co-host of NYC-ARTS, about his remarkable performance as the fabled but faded star John Barrymore in his twilight days. Great Performances airs Barrymore on January 31, 2014 at 9 pm ET on PBS (check local listings).

GP at the Met: Rigoletto

Interview with Dramaturg Paul Cremo

Paul Cremo of the Metropolitan Opera tells us what it’s like to be a dramaturg and the specific challenges and rewards of modernizing the titles for Michael Mayer’s new production of Rigoletto,  set in 1960s Las Vegas, which some audience members are calling the “Rat Pack Rigoletto.” What is a dramaturg? Most US opera houses […]

GP at the Met: Don Giovanni

Renée Fleming Interviews Don Giovanni Cast

Renée Fleming interviews Mariusz Kwiecien (Don Giovanni), Barbara Frittoli (Donna Elvira), and Luca Pisaroni (Leporello) about their roles in Don Giovanni; also including a preview clip from the dress rehearsal. Don Giovanni airs Sunday, February 26 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). In New York, THIRTEEN will air the program Thursday, February 23 […]

Tony Bennett: Duets II

Interview with Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett talks about collaborating with Lady Gaga, Queen Latifah, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Willie Nelson, Amy Winehouse, and others to create the show Tony Bennett: Duets II and what it’s like to be creating new work at 85 years old. Tony Bennett: Duets II airs Friday, January 27, 2012, at 9 p.m. on PBS […]

Let Me Down Easy

Interview with Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith talks about the process by which her play Let Me Down Easy was created. Called “the most exciting individual in American theater” by Newsweek magazine, Smith turns her theatrical exploration to matters of the human body. Anna Deavere Smith’s latest production, Let Me Down Easy airs on Friday, January 13 at 9 […]

Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine and Tharp

Interview with Edward Villella

Edward Villella explains his ballet training as a child, dancing for Balanchine at the New York City Ballet for 18 years, and the artistic philosophy behind his work as Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet. See his dance company in Great Performances: Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine and Tharp airing Friday October 28 at 9 […]

Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk

Interview with Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie talks about his love of the blues and New Orleans in this behind-the-scenes interview for his upcoming program for Great Performances, Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk.