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.
On August 19, 1929, shockwaves were felt throughout the dance world as news spread that impresario Sergei Diaghilev had died. The founder of the Ballets Russes rewrote the course of ballet history as the company toured Europe and the U.S., championing collaborations with modernist composers, artists and designers such as Igor Stravinsky, Pablo Picasso and Coco Chanel. The company launched the careers of its five principal choreographers: Michel Fokine, Vaslav Nijinsky, Léonide Massine, Bronislava Nijinska and George Balanchine.
Just four years ago, the University of Southern California's Glorya Kaufman School of Dance welcomed its first class of BFA students. The program—which boasts world-class faculty and a revolutionary approach to training focused on collaboration and hybridity—immediately established itself as one of the country's most prestigious and most innovative.
Now, the first graduating class is entering the dance field. Here, six of the 33 graduates share what they're doing post-grad, what made their experience at USC Kaufman so meaningful and how it prepared them for their next steps:
Yes, we realize it's only August. But we can't help but to already be musing about all the incredible dance happenings of 2019.
We're getting ready for our annual Readers' Choice feature, and we want to hear from you about the shows you can't stop thinking about, the dance videos that blew your mind and the artists you discovered this year who everyone should know about.
Chiara Valle is just one of many dancers heading back to the studio this fall as companies ramp up for the season. But her journey back has been far more difficult than most.
Valle has been a trainee at The Washington Ballet since 2016, starting at the same time as artistic director Julie Kent. But only a few months into her first season there, she started experiencing excruciating pain high up in her femur. "It felt like someone was stabbing me 24/7," she says. Sometimes at night, the pain got so bad that her roommates would bring her dinner to the bathtub.