Heart and Music: Our Favorite Great Performances on PBS
PBS: Singing and dancing its way into our hearts since forever
PBS isn’t just our source for all things Downton Abbey (though it certainly is that), it’s also where we can tune in to see musicals, plays, dance, concerts, opera—the arts delivered to our living rooms with a click of the remote control. Thanks to Great Performances on PBS, we’ve been enjoying live stage shows as well as specials, documentaries, and behind-the-scenes glimpses of exciting productions, as well as interviews featuring world-class artists, performers, directors, and choreographers. Read on for some of our favorites—and be sure to press play to add a bit of music and dance to your day, courtesy of PBS Great Performances. Also head over to Great Performances on YouTube to find more music, dance, and theater, and don't forget to mark your calendars: PBS is celebrating Broadway's Best this month.
First up: Georgia-born actress, singer, and dancer extraordinaire Sutton Foster (Younger, Bunheads; Thoroughly Modern Millie) sings “Anything Goes,” the title song of Cole Porter’s 1934 musical Anything Goes, a number Foster performed in the musical’s recent Broadway revival.
Watch: Sutton Foster Sings “Anything Goes”
Next, “I Got Rhythm,” an old-fashioned Gershwin favorite, takes center stage in An American in Paris, a musical featuring songs by George and Ira Gershwin that’s based on the 1951 film of the same name starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron.
Watch: An American In Paris The Musical – “I Got Rhythm”
Here, Audra McDonald (Private Practice, Beauty and the Beast; Carousel), the most Tony-awarded actor of all time, sings a stunning rendition of “Dear Friend” from the 1963 musical She Loves Me.
Watch: Audra McDonald Sings “Dear Friend”
A trio of artists—soprano Renée Fleming, pop artist Josh Groban, and violinist Joshua Bell—bring “Se,” a song from the film Cinema Paradiso by Andrea and Ennio Morricone, to life alongside the New York Philharmonic conducted by Alan Gilbert.
Watch: "Se" from Cinema Paradiso with Groban, Fleming and Bell
Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Nanny McPhee; Guys and Dolls) is Momma Rose in a song from the musical Gypsy, the 1959 show with music by Jule Style, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Arthur Laurents.
Watch: Gypsy-Some People/Momma Rose
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What are your favorite musicals? What performances would you like to see up next on PBS Great Performances?