This November, Watch Broadway Shows from Your Living Room on PBS
Catch Robert Fairchild (center) in An American in Paris on PBS. Photo by Angela Sterling, Courtesy Boneau/Bryan-Brown
What if we told you we could magically transport you to Broadway four times this month? For $0. Wanna go? Great.
Just tune in to PBS the next four Friday nights at 9 pm Eastern (check your local listings), because the network's "Great Performances" programming is tipping its hat to theater gems old and new. The following day, each show will be available for streaming here and through PBS apps. Here's what's on tap:
GREAT PERFORMANCES | Broadway's Best | Fall 2018 | Preview | PBS
November 2: An American in Paris
Christopher Wheeldon pulled double duty as director and choreographer of Broadway's An American in Parisin 2015. The five-time Tony winning formula starred Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope in this reinterpretation of the 1951 Gene Kelly film. Expertly crafted and expertly executed dance is stamped all over this production.
November 9: The Sound of Music
The hills are alive! Catch a 2015 live U.K. recording of Rodgers & Hammerstein's classic show The Sound of Music. This version isn't confined to the stage, but was instead filmed on adjoining sound stages for more of a movie-musical feel. Do-Re-Mi your way through the historically based, well-loved tale of Maria and the von Trapps.
November 16: John Leguizamo’s Road to Broadway
Comedian John Leguizamo's latest one-man Broadway show, Latin History for Morons, isn't a musical, but it pays homage to the role of dance in Latino culture. It's only inevitable that he'll bust a move when he's breaking down what happened during the 3,000 years between the Mayan civilization and present day—or, as he puts it, "The Age of Pitbull."
John Leguizamo's Road to Broadway follows him throughout the creation of Latin History (which won a 2018 special Tony Award and was nominated for Best Play) as he grapples with the repression of Latino culture in the U.S. Watch the documentary first, then head to Netflix to stream Latin History for Morons, available November 5.
November 23: Harold Prince: The Director’s Life
In 2017, the Harold Prince retrospective Prince of Broadway hit the Great White Way, highlighting a slew of the blockbuster musicals he produced and directed. Now, Harold Prince: The Director's Life pays similar tribute through documentary with a heavy focus on archival performance footage. Celebrate the 21-time Tony Award winner's career with a grand look back at Prince's contributions. You'll recognize more iconic numbers than you may think. After all, he worked on dance-centric shows like West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof and Cabaret.
Pacific Northwest Ballet principals Rachel Foster and Jonathan Porretta took their final curtain call on June 9, 2019. Photo by Lindsay Thomas, Courtesy PNB
We all know dance careers are temporary. But this season, it feels like we're saying goodbye to more stars than usual.
Many have turned to social media to share their last curtain calls, thoughts on what it feels like to say farewell to performing, and insights into the ways that dancing has made them who they are. After years of dedicating your life to the studio and stage, the decision to stop dancing is always an emotional one. Each dancer handles it in their own way—whether that means cheekily admitting to having an existential crisis, or simply leaving with no regrets about what you did for love.
We will miss these dancers' performances, but can't wait to see what awaits each in their next chapters.