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Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Casting a Curse

The dark fairy Carabosse (Adam Maskell) enters the room of baby Aurora to cast a curse upon her. Aurora’s parents, a king and queen, had desperately wanted a child and had sought Carabosse’s help. But after Aurora’s arrival, her father never showed his gratitude to Carabosse. For this, the dark fairy takes her revenge, leaving […]

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

The Fairies Dance for Aurora

The year is 1890. By the light of the full moon and candlesticks, six good fairies slip into the sleeping baby Aurora’s room. The baby awakes unfrightened and the fairies dance for her. Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, the award-winning ballet production, airs on Great Performances, Friday, April 25 at 9 p.m. on PBS. (Check local listings).

The Dave Clark Five And Beyond

About the Film

Fifty years after the Dave Clark Five and the Beatles hit the American shores, Great Performances presents a look at the British Invasion in The Dave Clark Five and Beyond—Glad All Over, a two-hour special airing Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 8-10 p.m. ET and on Friday, April 11 at 10 p.m. – midnight on PBS (check local […]

The Dave Clark Five And Beyond

Dave Clark’s Mastery of the Music Business

Elton John calls Dave Clark “one of the giants of the music business.” That status began with decisions Clark made in the early days of The Dave Clark Five, when he also served as the band’s manager. Ozzy Osbourne says Clark was “light years ahead of anyone else” when the young musician made sure to […]

The Dave Clark Five And Beyond

A Signature Drum Sound

“You could always tell Dave Clark’s drumming by his signature snare drum sound,” says Max Weinberg, the longtime drummer for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and the band leader of”The Max Weinberg 7″ on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. “The build on the tom and the […]

The Dave Clark Five And Beyond

The Beatles vs. The Dave Clark Five

From magazine headlines touting “Beatles vs. Dave Clark Five” to school girls debating who were better-looking, The Dave Clark Five and The Beatles were made out to be rivals by both the media and music enthusiasts, but the bands never saw themselves as such. Watch film excerpt The Beatles vs. The Dave Clark Five “We […]

The Dave Clark Five And Beyond

10 Famous Fans of the Dave Clark Five

The Dave Clark Five’s wide range of fans include diverse music legends, film stars and celebrities you wouldn’t expect to find at the same record-playing party. Here’s a tease of what these legends have to say about The Dave Clark Five in exclusive interviews in The Dave Clark Five and Beyond – Glad All Over, […]

The Dave Clark Five And Beyond

Fast Facts About the Dave Clark Five

If you were listening to music and watching “The Ed Sullivan Show” in the 1960s, there’s little chance you don’t know the beats and hooks of The Dave Clark Five. Songs like “Glad All Over,” “Bits and Pieces,” and “Do You Love Me?” helped the band sell more than 100 million records in their eight-year […]

GP at The Met: Falstaff

Love in the Kitchen in Act II

The freshly roasted turkey is hot, and so is the passion and comedy in this lovers’ kitchen scene from Act II of Falstaff. The Italian baritone Ambrogio Maestri is Sir John Falstaff and the American soprano Angela Meade is Alice Ford, one of many women who whets Falstaff’s appetite. Watch Act II Kitchen Scene from […]

GP at The Met: Falstaff

About the Performance

Verdi’s brilliant final masterpiece Falstaff, in its first new Metropolitan Opera production in 50 years — and conducted by Met Music Director James Levine in his first Great Performances at the Met in nearly two years — airs Sunday, April 13 at 12 noon on PBS (check local listings). (In New York, THIRTEEN will air […]