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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 […]

Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic: The Inaugural Concert

Dudamel at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center

by Jennifer Melick. Originally published for WNET.org’s SundayArts Blog. When Gustavo Dudamel’s in town, you go. So on Saturday night, I caught the opening concert of the Israel Philharmonic’s U.S. tour with Dudamel at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, just prior to his two Carnegie Hall concerts on November 16 and 17. […]

Musicians Remember Karajan

In this clip violin virtuoso Anne-Sophie Mutter, pianist Evgeny Kissin, and singers Christa Ludwig and Gundula Janowitz remember how Karajan pushed them in their art and to slow down and find expression in the music, even when the tempo he demanded was a technical impossibility for the performers. Also, see interviews with Karajan’s Daughters, Isabel […]

Chess in Concert

Interview with Josh Groban

Josh Groban, star of the Tim Rice musical “Chess in Concert,” speaks candidly to WNET/THIRTEEN about this passion project, his co-stars Idina Menzel (Wicked) and Adam Pascal (Rent), and the chart-topping music, created by ABBA composers Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus. Premiering in HD on THIRTEEN on June 17th at 8 p.m. EST (check local […]

Chess in Concert

Preview of Chess in Concert

Wicked’s Idina Menzel and Rent’s Adam Pascal join Great Performances favorite, internationally renowned vocalist Josh Groban in a spectacular London concert revival of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ 1986 cult musical Chess, premiering Wednesday, June 17 at 9 p.m. (ET) on Great Performances (check local listings). Presented by THIRTEEN in 5.1 digital surround sound on […]

In The Heights – Chasing Broadway Dreams

Musical Numbers, Dance, and Interviews

In these clips, catch video recorded from a live performance of In The Heights as well as interviews with the cast about their roles and how they relate to the characters. [MYPLAYLIST=7]

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]

Adaptations in Film

The basic story of King Lear goes back to ancient English myths. The general idea of three daughters, two wicked and one good, with arbitrary love tests, goes back at least to a second century AD novel by Apuleius called The Golden Ass. A play was written for the English stage around the mythical King […]