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.

Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert

Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert

Experience composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera starring pop stars John Legend as Jesus and Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene with rock legend Alice Cooper as King Herod. Filmed live in concert, the musical recounts the last week of Jesus’ life.

Premiered November 30, 2019
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Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots is the 2013 Broadway blockbuster with music and lyrics by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, a book by Tony-winning theater legend Harvey Fierstein and direction and choreography by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell (“La Cage aux Folles”) that went on to pick up every major Best Musical award, including the Tony, the GRAMMY and London’s Olivier Award. Based on true events, […]

Premiered November 29, 2019 | Video expires December 27, 2019

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I
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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 | Video expires November 7, 2022

42nd Street

42nd Street
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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 | Video expires October 31, 2022

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
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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