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Great Performances is a television show that airs on PBS which showcases some of the best performances made on plays, shows, and all kinds of broadway shows. It has been in existence ever since the early 1970's showcasing some of the best performances on broadway and other plays. The point of the series is to be an anthology of musical performances, so you will learn a whole lot about different performances and what makes them just so unique and worth using. What makes Great Performances so unique is the fact that the stars are always very well respected. Julie Andrews was very often praised for her great amount of hard work added into this show.

Great Performances has showcased the performances from operas, plays, broadway shows, ballets, and all kinds of concerts. If there was a singer in the past who performed perfectly all the time, then Great Performances would actually portray and showcase those exact performances. The show was meant to show people the hidden broadway performances that oftentimes wouldn't be seen. Those who will enjoy this show the most are those who love music, performing, and definitely enjoy seeing broadway plays come to life in a single show all at once.

The show has produced a wonderful spin-off that involves mostly dancing and performances. It definitely is tough at times to find a show like this one, especially since there aren't that many shows like this. Musical shows are always very interesting, and it is worth the time in the long run to consider watching Great Performances if you enjoy music. What most people enjoy so much about this show is the unique learning experiences and knowledge that is explained during the performances which they show on the series. Having created dozens of episodes, you will find this great show to be interesting, fun, and definitely worth experiencing.

There are tons of shows that do not go deep into different musical performances. Great Performances is definitely one of the best available and can be perfect to watch with your family whenever it airs. The show is simple and easy to follow, and you can also gain a glimpse just a few of the best performances that ever took place. Watch Great Performances if you love music and performing.

Friday 9:00 PM et/pt on PBS
16 Seasons, 144 Episodes
November 4, 1972
Documentary & Biography, Music
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Great Performances Full Episode Guide

  • New York City Ballet in Paris opens with Walpurgisnacht Ballet, set to music by Charles Gounod, and originally choreographed for a Paris Opera Ballet production of the opera Faust in 1975. First performed as an independent work by NYCB in 1980, Walpurgisnacht Ballet is a joyful embodiment of classical choreography, ending with a surging finale that sends 24 ballerinas soaring across the stage. The cast for Walpurgisnacht Ballet includes Sara Mearns, Adrian Danchig-Waring, and Lauren Lovette.

  • Country music superstar Brad Paisley returns to his roots in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains for a special outdoor concert at West Virginia University. Hosted by Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

  • The world premiere of Bel Canto the Opera, filmed at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, airs on Great Performances. Based on Ann Patchetta's bestselling 2001 novel (inspired by the Peruvian hostage crisis of 1996-97), the new opera was composed by Jimmy Lopez with a libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz and curated by legendary soprano Renee Fleming, Lyric's creative consultant.

  • The Vienna Philharmonic brings in the New Year with Strauss Family waltzes, as well as the Vienna City Ballet; host Julie Andrews.

  • King Richard is summoned to resolve a dispute between his cousin, Henry Bolingbroke, and Thomas Mowbray. Richard conjures a duel but then stops it just before swords clash. Both men are exiled from the kingdom. Richard is taken prisoner and looses his throne.

  • Strong rivalries explode into the Wars of the Roses. The week King Henry is overshadowed by Queen Margaret and her faction of Lancastrian Lords, his reign further impaired by disaffected nobles supporting the House of York. Battle and bloodshed proceeds and the Yorkists triumph. Edward IV takes the throne, but his youngest sibling Richard has his sights firmly on the crown.

  • War erupts and disputes within the English court threaten the crown; the scene is in place for civil war.

  • Hamilton’s America, the documentary film that brings history to vivid life through the lens of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pop culture Broadway phenomenon Hamilton

  • Bryan Adams

  • Season 10 opens with Verdi's "Il Trovatore," in which long-lost brothers (Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Yonghoon Lee) compete for the affections of the same woman (Anna Netrebko). Dolora Zajick costars as Azucena, the gypsy with a dark secret.

  • Julie Andrews hosts the annual New Year's Day celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic.

  • Tenor Andrea Bocelli pays tribute to songs from the movies; with David Foster.

  • A retrospective of Broadway legend Chita Rivera's career. Luminaries Dick Van Dyke, John Kander, Carol Lawrence, Ben Vereen, and others pay tribute to the dynamic singer, dancer, and actress. Anita in "West Side Story," Rosie in "Bye Bye Birdie," Velma in "Chicago," --- these are just some of the iconic roles created by the two-time Tony Award winner. Also see her newly filmed concert repertoire.

  • The Vienna Philharmonic performs an open-air concert from the gardens of Austria's Imperial Schonbrunn Palace. Zubin Mehta conducts, with pianist Rudolf Buchbinder as soloist, in works by Grieg, Sibelius, Richard Strauss and Johann Strauss II.

  • Performance by James Earl Jones and Angela Lansbury.

Most Popular Great Performances Episodes

  • Season 43 Episode 9 New York City Ballet in Paris 2/17/2017

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