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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 40, Episode 6 Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy

First Aired: January 1, 2013

Joel Grey narrates this look at the role Jewish composers and lyricists played in creating the modern American musical. Archival and performance clips accent the documentary, which includes rehearsal footage from Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim's "Gypsy" and original "South Pacific" star William Tabbert singing "You've Got to be Carefully Taught" with Richard Rodgers on piano. Also: Fanny Brice ("The Great Ziegfeld"); Barbra Streisand ("Funny Girl"); and Ethel Merman ("Gypsy").