(Above: Broadway producer and director Hal Prince. Credit: Joseph Sinnott/WNET)
PBS will air ‘Broadway’s Best,’ a selection of renowned musicals and theater-related documentaries from its Great Performances series, every Friday at 9 pm ET in November (but check your local listings for exact days/times in your area).
Each installment will then be available to stream the next day, every Saturday, via pbs.org/gperf and PBS apps.
The November lineup follows:
Great Performances: An American in Paris The Musical (November 2)
An extension of George Gershwin’s 1928 symphonic composition, An American in Paris is the 2015 stage adaptation of the 1951 MGM film starring Gene Kelly. Directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, it features the musical’s original stars, Tony nominees Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope. The musical won four Tonys.
The Sound of Music is based on the true story of the von Trapp Family Singers and their escape from Austria during the rise of Nazism. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1959 musical won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and its 1965 movie adaptation with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer won five Oscars, including Best Picture. This is a 2015 UK production starring Kara Tointon as Maria and Julian Ovenden as Captain von Trapp.
Great Performances: John Leguizamo’s Road to Broadway (November 16)
Comedian and actor John Leguizamo is known for such one-man shows as Mambo Mouth, Spic-O-Rama, Freak, Sexaholix…A Love Story and Ghetto Klown. This documentary examines Leguizamo’s latest theatrical showcase, Latin History for Morons, in which he discusses the repression of Latino culture in America through the prism of his own family history.
Great Performances – Harold Prince: The Director’s Life (November 23)
This retrospective celebrates the seven-decade-long career of producer and director Harold “Hal” Prince, whose resume includes West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Company, Follies, Sweeney Todd, Evita and The Phantom of the Opera. The documentary includes interviews with Prince collaborators such as Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Mandy Patinkin, John Kander, Susan Stroman, and Angela Lansbury.
Below, Prince talks with Broadway.com about his career:
For more information, visit PBS.
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