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Dudamel Conducts a John Williams Celebration with the LA Phil

Dudamel and Williams Discuss Film Score

John Williams composed the score to Catch Me If You Can (2002), directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. The film dramatizes the swindles of a real-life con man. Before the L.A. Philharmonic performs “Escapades” from the score, Gustavo Dudamel and Williams discuss the mystery the music creates.

Driving Miss Daisy

Full Episode

Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Driving Miss Daisy, a 2010 hit on Broadway, comes to television with five-time Tony Award winner and three-time Academy Award® nominee Angela Lansbury and two-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award® winner James Earl Jones as Daisy Werthan and Hoke Colburn, respectively.  Actor Boyd Gaines (a four-time Tony Award winner) reprises […]

Driving Miss Daisy

Leaving Georgia

As chauffeur Hoke Colburn (James Earl Jones) and his employer Daisy Werthan set out on a long drive, Daisy reminisces about a family trip she took as a child, expressing something personal in an unguarded moment with Hoke. Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisy stars five-time Tony Award winner and three-time Academy Award […]

Driving Miss Daisy

Hoke Colburn Gets a Raise

Hoke Colburn (James Earl Jones), a chauffeur for Daisy Werthan, asks her son Boolie Werthan (Boyd Gaines) for a raise after he receives a competing job offer. Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisy stars five-time Tony Award winner and three-time Academy Award nominee Angela Lansbury and two-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award […]

Driving Miss Daisy

A Christmas Critique

Daisy Werthan (Angela Lansbury) and her daughter-in-law Florine are both Jewish, but it is only Florine who celebrates the Christmas holiday with relish. Miss Daisy complains about Florine to her chauffeur Hoke Colburn (James Earl Jones) while on her way to her son and Florine’s Christmas party. Miss Daisy brings along coconuts for the ambrosia.

Dudamel Conducts a John Williams Celebration with the LA Phil

About the Concert

Natalie Portman hosts Dudamel Conducts a John Williams Celebration with the LA Phil on Great Performances Friday, July 24 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Itzhak Perlman is the special guest in a gala opening night concert paying tribute to the prolific film composer. The Los Angeles Philharmonic Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel conducts. By […]

GP at the Met: The Merry Widow

Kelli O’Hara and the Chorus

Broadway star Kelli O’Hara makes her Met Opera debut as the Baron’s coquettish wife Valencienne in Lehár’s effervescent operetta The Merry Widow. O’Hara and the women’s ensemble perform the Grisettes’ Song from Act III, with a dance choreographed by the production’s director, Susan Stroman.

GP at the Met: The Merry Widow

Renée Fleming and Nathan Gunn Duet

Renée Fleming (Hanna) and Nathan Gunn (Danilo) perform an excerpt of their Act II duet “Hello, Here’s a Soldier Bold” from Lehár’s The Merry Widow. Costumes are by William Ivey Long and the new production in English is directed by Tony Award-winning choreographer and director Susan Stroman.

GP at the Met: The Merry Widow

The Men of The Merry Widow

Nathan Gunn, Sir Thomas Allen, and the male ensemble perform an excerpt from Act II of Lehár’s The Merry Widow — “Who Can Tell What the Hell Women Are?” The Merry Widow is the Met debut of Broadway director Susan Stroman. Soprano Renée Fleming is Hanna, the rich widow. Sir Andrew Davis conducts the cast […]

GP at the Met: Iolanta and Bluebeard’s Castle

About the Operas

Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, starring soprano Anna Netrebko, shares a double bill with Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, starring Nadja Michael and Mikhail Petrenko. Acclaimed Polish film director Mariusz Treliński makes his highly anticipated Met debut with the Metropolitan Opera’s new production, inspired by classic noir films of the 1940s, bringing together two rarely performed one-acts: Tchaikovsky’s lyrical fairy […]