behind the scenes

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 […]

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.

Hamlet

Interview with Sir Patrick Stewart

Great Performances interviewed the recently-knighted Sir Patrick Stewart about playing the roles of Claudius and the Ghost in the upcoming GP special Hamlet to air on PBS stations nationwide on April 28th at 8 p.m. (check local listings). While in California in January promoting the broadcast, Stewart talked about the process of creating a modern […]

Preview This Behind-the-scenes Documentary

Award-winning filmmaker Susan Froemke looks at the intense pressures young opera singers face as they struggle to succeed in one of the difficult professions in the performing arts in The Audition. The feature-length documentary takes you behind the scenes at the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions, where each year thousands of hopefuls compete for a […]

Behind the Scenes of Passing Strange

Spike Lee interviews Stew and Heidi Rodewald, the collaborating creators of Passing Strange, offering a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the innovative musical that rocked Broadway. The two discuss the show’s magical closing night on Broadway, the earlier incarnation of the production at The Public Theater, the importance of documenting theater, and their […]

Creating the Concert

In this short video, Sting explains his creative process in choosing songs for “A Winter’s Night…,” the process of recording one of his quietest albums with the largest band he’s ever worked with, and the experience of performing live in the Durham Cathedral. In between the conversation with Sting, also see excerpts from the concert […]

In The Heights – Chasing Broadway Dreams

Creating and Staging the Musical

In these clips from the documentary, see behind the scenes footage of how the cast and crew wrote, rehearsed, designed the set, and staged the Broadway production of In The Heights. [MYPLAYLIST=6]