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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.

Great Performances is a Documentary & Biography, Music series that is currently running and has 47 seasons (197 episodes). The series first aired on November 4, 1972. It has moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.4.

Great Performances is available for streaming on the PBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Great Performances on demand at PBS Amazon, Vudu, PBS online.

Friday 9:00 PM et/pt on PBS
47 Seasons, 197 Episodes
November 4, 1972
Documentary & Biography, Music
Cast: Angela Lansbury, Derek Jacobi, Loreena McKennitt, Dmitry Khvorostovsky, George Hearn
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Great Performances Full Episode Guide

  • Travel with host Scott Yoo and pianist Stewart Goodyear as they visit Yoo's Festival Mozaic.

  • Celebrate the work of Franz Schubert with host Scott Yoo as he plays with young musicians.

  • Explore the work of famed composer Joseph Haydn's career with host Scott Yoo and guest artists.

  • Experience a unique interpretation of Gloria Steinem's life starring Emmy winner Christine Lahti.

  • Enjoy a revealing look at iconic Texas governor Ann Richards in this play starring Holland Taylor.

  • Enjoy Ravinia Festival's production of Leonard Bernstein's musical led by Tony winner Paulo Szot.

  • Celebrate the orchestra's centennial led by three renowned conductors including Gustavo Dudamel.

  • Turandot Soprano Christine Goerke reprises her portrayal of the title princess. Yannick Nezet-Seguin takes the podium to conduct Franco Zeffirelli's dazzling production of Puccini's final masterpiece, which also features tenor Yusif Eyvazov as Calaf.

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  • As the world welcomes a new decade, Great Performances continues the tradition of ringing in the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic at Vienna's famous Musikverein. Under the baton of three-time GRAMMY Award-winning guest conductor and Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director Andris Nelsons, the concert spotlights the talent of the Vienna State Ballet and the Vienna Philharmonic with beloved waltzes by Strauss and more. PBS favorite Hugh Bonneville (Masterpiece: Downton Abbey) returns as host for a third year, touring Musikverein's archives, which hold the largest collection of Beethoven manuscripts in the world, the Beethoven museum and other locations associated with the legendary composer in honor of his 250th birthday

  • Enjoy the Tony-winning musical about friendship and extraordinary shoes with songs by Cyndi Lauper.

  • From The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park, this 2019 production features an all-black cast.

  • Experience the passion of painter Mark Rothko in this six-time Tony-winning play with Alfred Molina.

  • Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe star in the Tony Award-winning revival of the classic musical.

  • Tap-dance to this musical extravaganza about a young performer who gets her big Broadway break.

  • Before becoming the most famous composer of his time, Handel gained a lifetime of experience in Italy. Welcomed by wealthy patrons, he traveled with the Scarlatti family and learned from Corelli and the masters of the Italian Style. Yoo returns to Italy to follow in Handel's footsteps, taking in the art, architecture, fashion, food, wine, light and landscape that, even beyond Italian music, shaped this German composer for the rest of his life.

  • Join Scott Yoo in Spain and Morocco to discover the greatest composer you've never heard of: Domenico Scarlatti. He was the finest keyboard player in Europe, hired by the Queen of Spain as her personal instructor. Into Vivaldi's melodies and Bach's fugues, Scarlatti incorporated the sounds of Spain

  • Travel to Germany and France to explore Bach's sonatas and partitas for solo violin. Host Scott Yoo and his wife, leading flutist Alice Dade, discover a melodic similarity with Vivaldi and a riddle hidden in Bach's portrait.

  • Scott Yoo crosses Northern Italy, chasing the story of one of the most recorded pieces of music in the world, Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons,” and discovers how the composer merged religious melodies, opera and a new level of violin playing to launch a new era of music.

  • Celebrate the life of Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson, the face of opera in the 1950s-70s.

  • Celebrate singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's singular musical artistry with an all-star line-up.

  • Celebrate the world-renowned tenor's career with new performances by Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban.

  • With conductor Robert Spano, singers Isabel Leonard and Christopher Maltman star in composer Nico Muhly's reimagining of Winston Graham's "Marnie," a novel about a beautiful, but mysterious woman who assumes multiple identities.

  • An adaptation of John Patrick Shanley's 2005 Broadway play and the 2008 film about suspicion leading to a battle of wills at a Bronx Catholic school.

  • Christoph Willibald Gluck's opera "Orphée et Eurydice," based on the famous Greek myth, is reimagined by Lyric Opera of Chicago in collaboration with the Joffrey Ballet.

  • The Cleveland Orchestra celebrates its centennial with a gala concert conducted by Franz Welser-Most and featuring pianist Lang Lang. Included: works by Mozart, Strass and Ravel; and vignettes of past music directors.

  • The Vienna Philharmonic, under the baton of Christian Thielemann, celebrates the New Year with Strauss Family waltzes. Hugh Bonneville hosts.

Great Performances Video Clips & Extras

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