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Great Performances

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PBS's signature performing-arts series showcases dance, drama, comedy and music ranging from orchestral and operatic to Broadway and the blues. The Lanford Wilson drama `The Rimers of Eldritch' was its first presentation and `Brideshead Revisited' was perh (more…)

Premiered: November 4, 1972

Rating: TV-PG

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Season 32, Episode 16 From Shtetl to Swing

First Aired: October 5, 2005

“From Shtetl to Swing,” hosted by Harvey Fierstein, traces the Jewish-immigrant influence on 20th-century American pop music. Among performers seen in clips: Al Jolson; Fanny Brice; Eddie Cantor; Sophie Tucker; Louis Armstrong; Judy Garland; Cab Calloway; Molly Picon; and the Marx Brothers. The finale includes scenes of Benny Goodman's celebrated 1938 Carnegie Hall concert.