Great Performances

Arizona PBS presents Broadway’s best

Save your Friday nights this fall for brilliant music, dance and theater on Arizona PBS.

Beginning Oct. 20, “Great Performances” and “Live from Lincoln Center” take us each Friday to the lights of the Great White Way for some of the best recent Broadway productions. Some are famous, some you may not know, but you’ll want to settle in and enjoy them all.

Oct. 20

“She Loves Me”
Two feuding clerks in a 1930s Budapest parfumerie unwittingly find solace in each other as anonymous romantic pen pals — not realizing their respective correspondents are in fact each other. Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi, Jane Krakowski and Gavin Creel star. Watch on Passport.

Oct. 27

A poignant and hilarious look at family life set amid the emerging AIDS crisis. Christian Borle, Stephanie J. Block and Andrew Rannells star in this revival of a 1992 musical about a gay man striving to create a modern family. Watch on Passport.

Nov. 3

“Noel Coward’s ‘Present Laughter’”
Enjoy a sparkling revival of Noël Coward’s comedy about a self-obsessed actor in the midst of a midlife crisis. The cast features Kevin Kline (who earned a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor for the role), as well as Kate Burton, Kristine Nielsen and Cobie Smulders. Watch on Passport.

Nov. 10

“In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams”
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical “Hamilton” was the smash hit of 2016 — so what else has he done? We present a special encore of “In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams,” a performance-documentary chronicling the story behind Miranda’s first Tony Award-winning hit in 2008. Watch on Passport.

Nov. 17

Written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel, “Indecent” follows a troupe of actors who risk their lives and careers against enormous challenges to perform a work in which they deeply believe, at a time when art, freedom and truth are on trial.

The work in question is Sholem Asch’s “God of Vengeance,” a play about a brothel owner who yearns to be more respectable, and his daughter, who falls in love with a woman. “Indecent” is based on a 1923 Broadway production of the play, and its consequences. Watch on Passport.

Dec. 8

“Holiday Inn”
The Roundabout Theatre Company presents a Broadway adaptation of the 1942 movie musical that starred Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. This heartwarming classic with a contemporary sparkle features thrilling dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy and a parade of Irving Berlin hits. Watch on Passport.

Dec. 30

“Hamilton’s America”
Follow the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pop culture Broadway phenomenon, “Hamilton,” and the history behind it. Interviews with Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, Nas, Questlove, Stephen Sondheim and more.

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