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.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I

<i>Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I</i>

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic musical went on to win the Tony Award for Best Musical Revival in 2015. Based on a true story, the year is 1862, and East and West collide when British schoolteacher Anna arrives in Siam (Thailand) to take up her post instructing the royal household of children.

Premiered November 8, 2019
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42nd Street

<i>42nd Street</i>

The 1981 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, 42nd Street is the song and dance, American dream fable of Broadway, featuring the iconic songs “42nd Street,” “We’re In the Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and many more.

Premiered November 1, 2019
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Broadway’s Best 2019

Broadway’s Best 2019

Features U.S. broadcast premieres of “42nd Street,” “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I,” “Kinky Boots” and “Red,” plus world premiere of “Much Ado About Nothing” from The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park

Premiered November 1, 2019 | Video expires November 30, 2019
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An American in Paris The Musical

An American in Paris The Musical
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Experience one of the most famous musicals of all time with a celebrated new adaptation featuring the original Tony Award-nominated stars Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope. The acclaimed production was directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon.

Premiered November 2, 2018 | Video expires November 1, 2022

Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin’ to Do

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
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Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn – The Broadway Musical

Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn – The Broadway Musical
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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 | Video expires November 23, 2020

In The Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams

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
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She Loves Me

She Loves Me
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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

Gypsy

Gypsy

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

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
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