Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” with the New York Philharmonic

About the Show

Great Performances presents the New York Philharmonic’s concert staging of legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s award-winning musical, “Company,” with an all-star cast. The groundbreaking musical premiered in 1970 and had Broadway revivals in 1995 and 2006. “Company” centers on Bobby, a confirmed bachelor, celebrating his 35th birthday with his ten closest friends, who happen […]

Moby-Dick from San Francisco Opera

About the Show

Composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer’s award-winning opera Moby-Dick will be broadcast on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances Friday, November 1, 2013 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival. Composed in two acts and sung in English, Heggie and Scheer’s opera adaptation brings a thrilling new musical […]

40th Anniversary Celebration

Full Episode

Watch the full performance of the Great Performances 40th Anniversary Celebration, filmed at Lincoln Center in New York City. Television’s longest-running performing arts showcase is honored with performances and tributes by Julie Andrews, Patti Austin, Michael Bublé, Elīna Garança, Josh Groban, Don Henley, Audra McDonald, Peter Martins, Itzhak Perlman, and David Hyde Pierce. The full musical […]

40th Anniversary Celebration

Michael Bublé

Michael Bublé, the smooth crooner from Canada, sings “That’s All” (by Alan Brandt and Bob Haymes) for the Great Performances 40th Anniversary Celebration, held at Lincoln Center in New York City.

40th Anniversary Celebration

Josh Groban

International pop star Josh Groban sings “Not While I’m Around” from the musical “Sweeney Todd” for the Great Performances 40th Anniversary Celebration, held at Lincoln Center in New York City.

40th Anniversary Celebration

Audra McDonald

Winner of five Tony Awards and two Grammys, singer and actress Audra McDonald sings “Dear Friend” (from the musical “She Loves Me”) for the Great Performances 40th Anniversary Celebration at Lincoln Center in New York City. The musical “She Loves Me” is by Joe Masteroff, with lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock.

40th Anniversary Celebration

About the Concert

Throughout its 40-year history on public television, Great Performances has provided viewers nationwide with an unparalleled showcase of the best in all genres of the performing arts. In celebration of this extraordinary legacy on the occasion of the series’ 40th anniversary on PBS, a stellar roster of diverse alumni gather to share their personal stories of […]

The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare’s History Plays

Shakespeare and the Divine Right of Kings

Go behind-the-scenes of the gripping new film adaptations of Shakespeare’s History Plays: The Hollow Crown. This featurette on the making-of the series brings you even closer to the action with exclusive interviews with the directors and actors of the highly acclaimed films.

The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare’s History Plays

Clip: Henry V

In this excerpt from Shakespeare’s Henry V, the king (Tom Hiddleston) rallies his English troops prior to battle with the French. Second only to Hamlet’s “to be or not to be,”  Henry V’s St. Crispin’s Day speech at Agincourt is one of the most famous monologues in English literature. Henry V, the final installment of […]

Video Short: Great Performances: A New Way to Film the Arts

Created in 1972, Great Performances showcased the best in arts and culture. Director Don Mischer worked on dance shows featuring greats like Mikhail Baryshnikov, Twyla Tharp, Gregory Hines and Savion Glover. Mischer’s approach differed from how dance had been televised in the past. “The way that dance was shot on television was straight-in, theatrically, and […]