PBS Is Celebrating Broadway’s Best This Month
Brush up your showtunes
You can celebrate Broadway with Great Performances on PBS every Friday this month thanks to Broadway's Best, a monthlong showcase of theatrical programming. The slate includes four specials—favorites old and new—including the musicals An American in Paris and The Sound of Music as well as the retrospectives John Leguizamo’s Road to Broadway and Harold Prince: The Director’s Life.
Broadway's Best kicks off on November 2 with the live version of the Tony Award-winning musical An American in Paris. It’s based on the 1951 film of the same name starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. The production airing on PBS has music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin and includes such nostalgic musical favorites as “‘S Wonderful,” “I Got Rhythm,” and “They Can’t Take That Away from Me.” This performance stars Robert Fairchild as Jerry Mulligan, a painter (and the titular American in Paris), and Leanne Cope as ballet dancer Lise Dassin. It was filmed live on London’s West End, where it opened in 2017 at the Dominion Theatre.
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The Sound of Music comes next. It’s a broadcast of the 2015 live U.K. version starring Kara Tointon and Julian Ovenden. Then John Leguizamo’s Road to Broadway premieres on November 16 and traces the actor’s journey from the world of stand-up comedy to a career in television and film and, recently, to his work in theatre. The final installment in this month of arts on PBS is a special on Harold Prince, a Tony-winning producer and director who brought to the stage shows such as West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, Evita, and The Phantom of the Opera.
The programs will premiere on Fridays from November 2-23 at 9 p.m., beginning with An American in Paris, which will air on PBS Great Performances on November 2. Check your local listings for any timing changes. After they premiere, you can also find the shows on PBS Passport via pbs.org/gperf and on PBS apps. Learn more about Broadway’s Best here, and be sure to mark your calendars. It’s going to be a Broadway-filled fall.
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What’s your favorite PBS special? What great performances would you like to see featured on PBS Arts this season?