Great Performances

  • 1972
  • TV Show
  • TV-PG

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 perhaps its most famous. There have been more than 600 `Great Performances' all told. Some might have been...

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GP at the Met: Rusalka
00:30 — Ren e Fleming sings one of her signature roles, the title character in Dvo k's Rusalka, an opera about a water spirit's tragic romance with a prince. (more…)
Boz Scaggs Live: "Lowdown"
01:10 — Boz Scaggs sings his Grammy-winning R&B song, 'Lowdown' on Great Performances' The Dukes of September, airing in March 2014 on PBS. He's accompanied b (more…)
Hugh Jackman Sings "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'"
03:00 — Hugh Jackman (Curly) sings 'Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'' in a scene with Maureen Lipman (Aunt Eller) in Rodgers & Hammerstein s 'Oklahoma!' produced (more…)
Benedict Cumberbatch as Rosencrantz in Tom Stoppard Play
Watch 'Sherlock' star Benedict Cumberbatch play Rosencrantz and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith play Guildenstern in a scene from 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (more…)
Josh Groban Sings “Not While I’m Around” from “Sweeney Todd"
International pop star Josh Groban sings Not While I m Around from the musical Sweeney Todd for the Great Performances 40th Anniversary Celebratio (more…)
Martin and Brickell Perform "Love Has Come for You" Live
03:14 — Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's song 'Love Has Come For You' won a Grammy Award for Best American Roots Song at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in 2014 (more…)
Donald Fagen Live: "Kid Charlemagne"
01:09 — Steely Dan combined rock, jazz and funk in 'Kid Charlemagne,' a single off the band's 1976 album, The Royal Scam. Written by Donald Fagen and Walter B (more…)
Matthew Bourne Interview. Creating a New Sleeping Beauty
02:11 — Dance history and storytelling is important to choreographer Matthew Bourne, creator of a 'Swan Lake' with an all-male corp of Swans, and an 'Edward S (more…)
Eugene Onegin: Onegin's Aria from Act I
04:07 — Mariusz Kwiecien (Onegin) performs the aria ('Kogda bi zhizn') in Act I of Tchaikovsky's 'Eugene Onegin,' a production of the Metropolitan Opera in N (more…)
Pavarotti: A Voice for the Ages - Preview
00:35 — This one-hour program airing in late November and December is dedicated to the great tenor, Luciano Pavarotti. It includes his performances of Nessun (more…)
Patrick Summers on Conducting Moby-Dick
06:18 — Patrick Summer is the conductor of San Francisco Opera's 'Moby-Dick.' He describes presenting new work as 'one of the most vital things we do in the p (more…)
Sting Performs Live: "Shipyard" from The Last Ship
02:27 — Sting and his band and Jimmy Nail perform 'Shipyard' from his album and upcoming musical, 'The Last Ship,' live at the Public Theater in New York City (more…)
Tom Hiddleston Previews "The Hollow Crown"
01:30 — Actor Tom Hiddleston previews The Hollow Crown, coming to PBS beginning Sept. 20, 2013. This ambitious four-part miniseries assembles four of Shakespe (more…)
Michael McDonald Live: I Keep Forgettin'
01:12 — Michael McDonald sings his hit, 'I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)' on Great Performances' The Dukes of September, airing in March 2014. The (more…)
Love in the Kitchen in Act II of Verdi's "Falstaff"
01:56 — The freshly roasted turkey is hot, and so is the passion and comedy in this lovers' kitchen scene with Sir John Falstaff (Ambrogio Maestri) and Alice (more…)
Henry IV Part 2 Preview
00:32 — Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston star in Shakespeare's history play.
Judi Dench Sings Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns"
02:23 — Judi Dench sings Stephen Sondheim's Send in the Clowns from the musical 'A Little Night Music' (1973). Dench starred as Desiree in the musical's 199 (more…)
Aurora Dances in Her Sleep in "Sleeping Beauty"
02:20 — Princess Aurora's 100-year slumber becomes restless as it nears the end of its spell. The ensemble sequence features Hannah Vassallo as Aurora and Dom (more…)
Barrymore
1:21:17 — Distinguished star of stage and screen Christopher Plummer recreates his Tony Award-winning role playing the legendary actor John Barrymore in the fil (more…)
Guys and Dolls: "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat"
03:12 — In 1982, Richard Eyre s multi-award-winning Olivier Theatre revival of 'Guys and Dolls' became the biggest hit of the National Theatre's first 20 year (more…)
Stephen Colbert and Martha Plimpton Compare Karate Moves
03:15 — Stephen Colbert (Harry) and Martha Plimpton (Sarah) play a married couple in Stephen Sondheim's 'Company.' Their demonstration of karate moves becomes (more…)
Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty - Full Program
1:46:34 — Matthew Bourne s haunting new scenario for the ballet is a gothic fairy tale for all ages. His supernatural love story introduces vampires and spans a (more…)
The Fairies Dance for Aurora
01:54 — The year is 1890. By the light of the full moon and candlesticks, six good fairies slip into the sleeping baby Aurora's room. The baby awakes unfright (more…)
Audra McDonald Sings "Dear Friend"
02:20 — Winner of five Tony Awards and two Grammys, singer and actress Audra McDonald sings Dear Friend (from the musical She Loves Me ) for the Great Perf (more…)
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  • Premiered: November 4, 1972
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: 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)

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