Catch Robert Fairchild (center) in An American in Paris on PBS. Photo by Angela Sterling, Courtesy Boneau/Bryan-Brown

This November, Watch Broadway Shows from Your Living Room on PBS

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 www.youtube.com

November 2: An American in Paris

Christopher Wheeldon pulled double duty as director and choreographer of Broadway's An American in Paris in 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.

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Clockwise from top left: Photo by Loreto Jamlig, Courtesy Ladies of Hip-Hop; Wikimedia Commons; Photo by Alexander Iziliaev, Courtesy Pennsylvania Ballet; Natasha Razina, Courtesy State Academic Mariinsky Theatre; Photo by Will Mayer for Better Half Productions, Courtesy ABT

The 10 Biggest Dance Stories of 2019

What were the dance moments that defined 2019? The stories that kept us talking, week after week? According to our top-clicked articles of the year, they ranged from explorations of dance medicine and dance history, takedowns of Lara Spencer and companies who still charge dancers to audition, and, of course, our list of expert tips on how to succeed in dance today.

We compiled our 10 biggest hits of the year, and broke down why we think they struck a chord:

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I Am a Black Dancer Who Was Dressed Up in Blackface to Perform in La Bayadère

On Instagram this week, Misty Copeland reposted a picture of two Russian ballerinas covered head to toe in black, exposing the Bolshoi's practice of using blackface in the classical ballet La Bayadère. The post has already received over 60,000 likes and 2,000 comments, starting a long overdue conversation.

Comments have been pouring in from every angle imaginable: from history lessons on black face, to people outside of the ballet world expressing disbelief that this happens in 2019, to castigations of Copeland for exposing these young girls to the line of fire for what is ultimately the Bolshoi's costuming choice, to the accusations that the girls—no matter their cultural competence—should have known better.

I am a black dancer, and in 2003, when I was 11 years old, I was dressed up in blackface to perform in the Mariinsky Ballet's production of La Bayadère.

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Here's the First Trailer for the "In the Heights" Movie

Lights up on Washington Heights—because the trailer for the movie adaptation of the hit Broadway musical In the Heights has arrived. It's our first look into Lin-Manuel Miranda's latest venture into film—because LMM isn't stopping at three Tony awards, a Grammy award, and an Emmy.

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