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S50 Ep2

Intimate Apparel

Premiere: 9/23/2022 | 00:00:30 | Closed Captioning Icon

Experience the story of seamstress Esther who begins writing to a mysterious suitor laboring on the Panama Canal. Featuring music by Ricky Ian Gordon, a libretto by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, this powerful opera is directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher.

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Premieres Friday, September 23 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org/gperf and the PBS Video app.

Set in Manhattan in 1905, Great Performances: Intimate Apparel tells the story of Esther Mills (Kearstin Piper Brown), a single African American seamstress who makes elaborate corsets and ladies’ undergarments. After beginning a letter-writing relationship with a mysterious laborer on the Panama Canal, she marries, but discovers the relationship is not what either of them expected. Through this romance and other interactions with friends, one of her clients, and the Orthodox Jewish man who sells fabrics to her, Esther realizes that only her self-reliance will see her through life’s challenges. Featuring music by Ricky Ian Gordon, a libretto by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage based on her play, and direction by Tony winner Bartlett Sher, Great Performances: Intimate Apparel premieres Friday, September 23 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org/gperf and the PBS Video app as part of Great Performances’ 50th anniversary season.

Sung in English from Lincoln Center Theater’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, the production was recorded in March 2022. The opera was developed by Lincoln Center Theater and the Metropolitan Opera as part of the Met/LCT New Works Program. Great Performances: Intimate Apparel cast also includes Justin Austin (George Armstrong), Adrienne Danrich (Mrs. Dickson), Arnold Livingston Geis (Mr. Marks), Naomi Louisa O’Connell (Mrs. Van Buren), and Krysty Swann (Mayme).

Throughout its 50-year history on PBS, Great Performances has provided an unparalleled showcase of the best in all genres of the performing arts, serving as America’s most prestigious and enduring broadcaster of cultural programming. Showcasing a diverse range of artists from around the world, the series has earned 67 Emmy Awards and six Peabody Awards. The Great Performances website hosts exclusive videos, interviews, photos, full episodes and more. The series is produced by The WNET Group.

Great Performances is available for streaming concurrent with broadcast on PBS.org and the PBS Video App, available on iOS, Android, Roku streaming devices, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast and VIZIO.

A production of Lincoln Center Theater and the Metropolitan Opera in association with The WNET Group, Great Performances: Intimate Apparel is directed for television by Gary Halvorson and produced by Louisa Briccetti and Victoria Warivonchik; Tim Martyn is music producer, Mia Bongiovanni is supervising producer, and Peter Gelb and Adam Siegel are executive producers.  The opera was developed by Lincoln Center Theater and the Metropolitan Opera as part of the Met/LCT New Works Program, a co-venture between the two institutions which is dedicated to developing new opera and music theater works. For Great Performances, Stephanie Dawson is post-production producer, Bill O’Donnell is series producer and David Horn is executive producer.

Series funding for Great Performances is provided by The Joseph & Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Abra Prentice Foundation, LLC, Jody and John Arnhold, The Starr Foundation, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, the Thea Petschek Iervolino Foundation, the Seton Melvin Charitable Trust, the Estate of Worthington Mayo-Smith, the Jack Lawrence Trust, and Ellen and James S. Marcus. Funding for Great Performances: Intimate Apparel was provided by C. Graham Berwind, III and Leni and Peter May.

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TRANSCRIPT

-Next on 'Great Performances,' a new opera adaptation of Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer-Prize-winning play 'Intimate Apparel' from Lincoln Center Theater.

In 1905 New York, Esther makes her living sewing ladies' undergarments for a wide range of clients, but she dreams of more.

-♪ What do you want, Esther ♪ ♪ Don't be proud ♪ -♪ I'm a beautician ♪ ♪ Running a parlor... ♪ -35 and unmarried, romance seems out of reach until Esther begins exchanging letters with a Panama Canal laborer named George Armstrong.

When George arrives, he sets in motion a complex love story and Esther's personal journey of self-realization.

-♪ 'Cause no one does it for us ♪ -Directed by Tony-award winner Bartlett Sher and featuring a libretto by Lynn Nottage and score by Ricky Ian Gordon, 'Intimate Apparel' is next.

-♪ No one does it for us ♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ -♪ Step lively! ♪ ♪ Twirl! Parade! ♪ -♪ Step lively ♪ -♪ Walk proudly! Promenade! ♪ -♪ Walk proudly ♪ -♪ Strut blithely! ♪ ♪ Head held high! ♪ ♪ Sweep, kick, twirl, smile, cakewalk, style! ♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ -♪ There you are ♪ -♪ Yes, sir ♪ -♪ Corinna Mae ♪ -[ Laughing ] ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ -[ Giggling ] ♪♪ ♪♪ -♪ A man in Panama writin' me ♪ -♪ My heart ♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ -♪ Lovely ♪ ♪ Beautiful ♪ ♪♪ ♪ I do want it ♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ -♪ Lover ♪ ♪ Nice and easy ♪ ♪ Lover ♪ ♪ Please me ♪ ♪ Oh, daddy, daddy, come please me ♪ -♪ Oh, daddy, daddy, come please me ♪ -♪ Don't wanna touch the groun' ♪ -♪ Oh, daddy, daddy, come please me ♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ -♪ Take a seat, take a seat ♪ ♪ Take a seat, take a seat ♪ ♪ Take good care of you ♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ -♪ But a lavender robe ♪ -♪ Splendid avenues ♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ -♪ Dear George ♪ -♪ Dear George ♪ -♪ Dear George ♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ -♪ I love you ♪ -♪ Look what love done to me ♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ -♪ Mmm-mmm ♪ -♪ Mmm-mmm ♪ [ Both laugh ] ♪♪ ♪♪ -♪ It was made for you ♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ -♪ Tell me, can there be a more glorious day? ♪ ♪ Tell me, can there be a more glorious day? ♪ ♪ Tell me, can there be a more glorious day? ♪ ♪ Tell me, can there be a more glorious day? ♪ ♪ Glorious day ♪ [ Camera shutter clicks ] [ Applause ] ♪♪ ♪♪ -♪ Mm-hmm-hmm ♪ ♪ Mm-hmm-hmm ♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ Shh ♪ ♪♪ -♪ Mm-hmm-hmm ♪ -♪ Mm-hmm-hmm ♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ -♪ I come here so the story will be different ♪ -♪ So the story will be different ♪ -♪ I come here ♪ -♪ I come here ♪ -♪ So the story will be different ♪ -♪ So the story will be different ♪ -♪ I come here ♪ -♪ I come here ♪ -♪ So the story will be different ♪ -♪ So the story will be different ♪ -♪ I come here ♪ -♪ I come here ♪ -♪ So the story will be different ♪ -♪ So the story will be different ♪ -♪ I come here ♪ -♪ I come here ♪ -♪ So the story will be different ♪ -♪ So the story will be different ♪ -♪ I come here ♪ -♪ I come here ♪ -♪ So the story will be different ♪ -♪ So the story will be different ♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ -♪ George ♪ -♪ George ♪ -♪ George ♪ -♪ George ♪ -♪ George ♪ -♪ George ♪ -♪ George ♪ -♪ George ♪ -♪ George ♪ -♪ George ♪ -♪ George ♪ -♪ George ♪ -♪ George ♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ -♪ Next time ♪ ♪♪ -♪ No ♪ ♪ George ♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ -[ Humming ] ♪♪ ♪ So soft ♪ -♪ So soft ♪ -♪ So soft ♪ -♪ Ah, perfect ♪ -[ Humming ] ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ -♪ You love someone ♪ -♪ I fear I love someone ♪ ♪ Didn't know until now ♪ ♪ That I love someone ♪ ♪ Yes, I love someone ♪ ♪♪ ♪ Don't wanna touch the groun' ♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ -♪ Hush ♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ -♪ The Armstrongs ♪ -♪ The Armstrongs ♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ -♪ Thanked me ♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ [ Laughter ] [ Indistinct conversations ] ♪♪ -Oh! -Here, boy.

[ Cheering ] -Let it ride!

Come on!

-No!

No, no.

♪♪ ♪♪ No!

No.

♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ [ Knock on door ] -♪ Until it all gone ♪ [ Knock on door ] [ Knock on door ] -♪ Let him go ♪ [ Knock on door ] -♪ George ♪ [ Sobbing ] -[ Yells indistinctly ] -♪ Let him go ♪ ♪ Let him go ♪ ♪♪ -[ Humming ] ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ Wait ♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ -[ Vocalizing ] ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ -[ Clears throat ] ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ [ Applause ] [ Cheers and applause ] [ Cheers and applause continue ] [ Cheers and applause continue ] -To find out more, visit... Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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