Musical Theater

Great Performances presents both new works and classics. Coming in Fall 2016 is Hamilton’s America, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the hit Broadway musical. Last fall we enjoyed the vivacious Broadway legend Chita Rivera and the youthful Billy Elliot.

Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn – The Broadway Musical

Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn tells the story of Jim, who leaves the bright lights of Broadway—as well as his fiancé dance partner Lila—to settle down at an old farmhouse in Connecticut … but life just isn’t the same without a bit of song and dance. Jim’s luck takes a turn for the better when he meets […]

Premiered November 24, 2017
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In The Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams

See performance sequences of the original cast of In the Heights onstage and get an intimate look at the production backstage and off-stage. The film provides unprecedented access to the cast as they went through workshops, to off-Broadway, and finally to Broadway.

Premiered November 10, 2017 | Video expires December 8, 2017

She Loves Me

The critically-acclaimed Roundabout Theatre Company production of She Loves Me comes to GREAT PERFORMANCES as the opening presentation of PBS’s fall Broadway’s Best lineup.

Premiered October 20, 2017 | Video expires October 19, 2020


Jonathan Kent’s award-winning production of the classic musical Gypsy – a record-breaking sellout during its acclaimed London run – comes to THIRTEEN’s Great Performances, Friday, November 11 at 9 p.m. on PBS on the PBS Arts Fall Festival. (Check local listings.)

Premiered November 11, 2016
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Hamilton’s America

The feature film documentary Hamilton’s America brings history to vivid life through the contemporary perspective of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary hip-hop musical, Hamilton. The story of Alexander Hamilton is most remembered for its dramatic conclusion, in which Hamilton was killed in a duel by Vice President Aaron Burr. But his immeasurable contributions to modern society have largely been forgotten by today’s general public.  Just in time for election year, Hamilton’s America will provide a primetime audience with intimate access to Miranda and his colleagues during the two years leading up to the Broadway opening of the smash hit musical “Hamilton.” 

Premiered October 21, 2016 | Video expires November 18, 2018

Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin’ to Do

Broadway legend Chita Rivera has been lighting up Broadway and international stages for over 70 years. Anita in West Side Story, Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie, Velma in Chicago are just some of the iconic roles she created.

Premiered November 6, 2015 | Video expires November 5, 2018

Billy Elliot the Musical Live

Billy Elliot the Musical Live, the long-running hit both on Broadway and in London’s West End (where it is still playing), comes to THIRTEEN’s Great Performances. Recorded at the show’s West End home at the Victoria Palace Theatre, the show has been dazzling audiences in London since it opened in 2005.

Premiered October 23, 2015
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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, the second longest-running Broadway musical (only surpassed by Lloyd Webber’s own “The Phantom of the Opera”), and fourth longest-running West End musical, returns in high definition and digital sound to Great Performances where it had its 1998 world television premiere.

Premiered November 21, 2014
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Sting: The Last Ship

Sting and ensemble perform songs from his new album and Broadway-bound musical, recorded live at The Public Theater in New York City. Drawing upon his memories growing up in the shipbuilding community of Wallsend in the North East of England, Sting provides a glimpse into the play’s narrative through the songs on the new album, inspired by the story of “The Last Ship.”

Premiered February 21, 2014
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National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage

Directed by the National Theatre’s Artistic Director Nicholas Hytner, the star-studded evening of live performance also features rare glimpses from the archive spotlighting many of the most celebrated actors who have performed on the National’s London stages over the past five decades.

Premiered February 14, 2014
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