Watch Great Performances

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
18 Seasons, 169 Episodes
November 4, 1972
Documentary & Biography, Music
Cast: Julie Andrews, Renée Fleming, Walter Cronkite, Plácido Domingo
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Great Performances Full Episode Guide

  • Enjoy an all-star concert honoring Neil Diamond, Tina Turner, Queen, John Williams and more.

  • See Grammy Award-winning trumpeter with vocalist Sy Smith, violinist Caroline Campbell and more.

  • Enjoy the Vienna Philharmonic's open-air concert led by Valery Gergiev with soprano Anna Netrebko.

  • Celebrate the city's vibrant music with Renee Fleming, Jessie Mueller, Michelle Williams and more.

  • Experience Peter Boyer's immersive musical story of Ellis Island immigrants through a Grammy-nominated orchestral score, narration and visuals. Conducted by Carl St. Clair with readings by Barry Bostwick, Camryn Manheim and Michael Nouri.

  • Explore the history of the Met Opera's Lincoln Center home and life in 1950s-60s New York City.

  • International superstar performs from London’s historic Royal Albert Hall in a one-night-only concert event. The Grammy-, Emmy- and Latin Grammy-winning artist, writer and producer reunites with members of the Black Eyed Peas on stage for the first time in over six years, plus special guests Pia Mia, Eva Simons and Lydia Lucy (“The Voice UK”).

  • Alan Cumming hosts the 17th annual Movies for Grownups Awards, which honors actors, directors and writers who brought compelling stories to life on the silver screen. Also: Helen Mirren receives the Career Achievement Award. From the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills.

  • Witness a symphonic rendition of Nas' debut album Illmatic with the National Symphony Orchestra.

  • Hear Sondra Radvanovsky, Joyce DiDonato and Joseph Calleja in Bellini's masterpiece.

  • A performance of Irving Berlin's classic musical about romance at a seasonal inn in Connecticut. Songs include Songs include "Easter Parade" and "White Christmas."

  • Broadway’s critically acclaimed and Tony Award-winning Indecent.

  • Multi-Grammy-winning rock band Foo Fighters delivers an electrifying, historic performance at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, in the latest installment of Landmarks Live in Concert for GREAT PERFORMANCES.

  • As part of its Broadway’s Best lineup, Great Performances airs a special encore presentation of In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams

  • Noel Coward's backstage comedy about a self-obsessed actor in a midlife crisis amidst fawning ingenues, crazed playwrights, secret trysts and unexpected twists.

  • Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's classic 1963 musical of two feuding clerks in a Budapest parfumerie who don't realize they're romantic pen pals.

  • A celebration of the Recording Academy's Special Merit Awards honorees for 2017, including Shirley Caesar, Ahmad Jamal, Charley Pride, Jimmie Rodgers, Nina Simone, Sly Stone, and the Velvet Underground. Performers include Caesar and Pride; the Velvet Underground's John Cale and Maureen "Moe" Tucker; Kirk Franklin; Le'Andria Johnson; Randy Newman; Vernon Reid; Catherine Russell; Valerie Simpson; Russell Thompkins Jr.; Neal McCoy; Dionne Warwick; Charlie Wilson; and Dwight Yoakam.

  • Take a musical journey to Cuba with evocative performances hosted by Raul Malo of the Mavericks.

  • Andrea Bocelli - Landmarks Live in Concert continues the new Landmarks arts strand on Friday, June 30 at 10 p.m. on PBS (Check local listings.) Each Landmarks Live in Concert special features an artist or band performing at a legendary destination of personal significance. The series is hosted by Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, who conducts one-on-one interviews with the artists.

  • Young Men, a World War I-inspired feature-length dance film commemorating the Great War’s centennial, comes to Great Performances Friday, April 7 at 9PM on PBS. Young Men was filmed on location in Northern France with the BalletBoyz dance company.

  • Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a program featuring Latin tangos.

  • 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.

  • Experience the 50th anniversary live performance of the band's seminal album, with full orchestra.

  • Broadway’s critically acclaimed and Tony Award-winning Indecent comes to Great Performances Friday, November 17 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) as part of the fall Broadway’s Best lineup.

  • Jonathan Kent’s award-winning production of the classic musical Gypsy

  • 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.

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