Great Performances

GREAT PERFORMANCES, the longest-running performing arts anthology on television, continues to feature the best in the performing arts.

Fri, Jun 5 2:30 P.M. Much Ado About Nothing     NH WORLD

Fri, Jun 19 9:00 P.M. Ann     NHPBS

Enjoy a powerful and revealing look at legendary, larger-than-life Texas governor Ann Richards, who enriched the lives of her followers, friends and family, in this critically acclaimed play written by and starring Emmy Award winner Holland Taylor.

Sat, Jun 20 1:00 A.M. Ann     NH EXPLORE

Enjoy a powerful and revealing look at legendary, larger-than-life Texas governor Ann Richards, who enriched the lives of her followers, friends and family, in this critically acclaimed play written by and starring Emmy Award winner Holland Taylor.

Sat, Jun 20 4:00 A.M. Ann     NHPBS

Enjoy a powerful and revealing look at legendary, larger-than-life Texas governor Ann Richards, who enriched the lives of her followers, friends and family, in this critically acclaimed play written by and starring Emmy Award winner Holland Taylor.

Mon, Jun 22 3:00 A.M. Ann     NH EXPLORE

Enjoy a powerful and revealing look at legendary, larger-than-life Texas governor Ann Richards, who enriched the lives of her followers, friends and family, in this critically acclaimed play written by and starring Emmy Award winner Holland Taylor.

Mon, Jun 22 12:00 P.M. Ann     NH EXPLORE

Enjoy a powerful and revealing look at legendary, larger-than-life Texas governor Ann Richards, who enriched the lives of her followers, friends and family, in this critically acclaimed play written by and starring Emmy Award winner Holland Taylor.

Fri, Jun 26 9:00 P.M. Gloria: A Life     NHPBS

Experience a unique interpretation of feminist icon Gloria Steinem's life told by an all-female cast starring Emmy Award winner Christine Lahti and directed Tony Award winner Diane Paulus.

Sat, Jun 27 1:00 A.M. Gloria: A Life     NH EXPLORE

Experience a unique interpretation of feminist icon Gloria Steinem's life told by an all-female cast starring Emmy Award winner Christine Lahti and directed Tony Award winner Diane Paulus.

Sat, Jun 27 4:00 A.M. Gloria: A Life     NHPBS

Experience a unique interpretation of feminist icon Gloria Steinem's life told by an all-female cast starring Emmy Award winner Christine Lahti and directed Tony Award winner Diane Paulus.

Mon, Jun 29 3:00 A.M. Gloria: A Life     NH EXPLORE

Experience a unique interpretation of feminist icon Gloria Steinem's life told by an all-female cast starring Emmy Award winner Christine Lahti and directed Tony Award winner Diane Paulus.

Mon, Jun 29 12:00 P.M. Gloria: A Life     NH EXPLORE

Experience a unique interpretation of feminist icon Gloria Steinem's life told by an all-female cast starring Emmy Award winner Christine Lahti and directed Tony Award winner Diane Paulus.

Fri, Jul 3 3:00 P.M. Julius Caesar     NH WORLD

Fri, Jul 3 9:00 P.M. Ellis Island: The Dream of America with Pacific Symphony     NHPBS

Experience Peter Boyer's immersive musical story of Ellis Island immigrants through a Grammy-nominated orchestral score, narration and visuals.

Sat, Jul 4 1:00 A.M. Ellis Island: The Dream of America with Pacific Symphony     NH EXPLORE

Experience Peter Boyer's immersive musical story of Ellis Island immigrants through a Grammy-nominated orchestral score, narration and visuals.

Mon, Jul 6 12:00 P.M. Ellis Island: The Dream of America with Pacific Symphony     NH EXPLORE

Experience Peter Boyer's immersive musical story of Ellis Island immigrants through a Grammy-nominated orchestral score, narration and visuals.


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Great Performances By Episode

  • Hitman: David Foster and Friends (#3404)

    Legendary songwriter, producer, and maestro to the stars, David Foster has generated some of the world's best known popular music, and collaborated with a veritable "Who's Who" of superstars in a career that spans more than three decades.

  • In The Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams (#3409)

    In a journey reminiscent of the unexpected zeitgeist success of Hair, A Chorus Line, and Rent, the story behind the success of In the Heights is so organic to New York City that no one expected it to happen.

  • Pavarotti: A Voice for the Ages (#3813)

    Like Enrico Caruso before him, Luciano Pavarotti extended his presence far beyond the limits of Italian opera.

  • Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live! (#3910)

    Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga team up for a special concert from the stage of Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater in New York City, performing selections from their collaborative classic jazz recording, Cheek to Cheek.

  • Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin' to Do (#4009)

    Legendary Broadway performer Chita Rivera has been lighting up Broadway and international stages for over 70 years.

  • Joan Baez 75th Birthday Celebration (#3917)

    Celebrate Joan Baez' birthday with guests David Bromberg, Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins, David Crosby, Emmylou Harris, Indigo Girls, Damien Rice, Mavis Staples, Nano Stern, Richard Thompson and Paul Simon.

  • New York City Ballet In Paris (#4107)

    Thrill to the company's all-Balanchine program of ballet masterpieces, including the Walpurgisnacht Ballet and La Valse, set to music of Gounod and Ravel respectively, recorded in the City of Light.

  • New York City Ballet Symphony In C (#4108)

    Enjoy two classic ballets by George Balanchine: Georges Bizet's sparkling Symphony in C, and the rarely seen Sonatine to the music of Maurice Ravel, in performance in Paris.

  • Young Men (#4203)

    A dramatic dance film shot on location in Northern France about soldiers trying to maintain their humanity amidst the brutality of World War I, choreographed by Ivan Perez with a score by Keaton Henson, directed by Michael Nunn and William Trevitt.

  • Indecent (#4208)

    See Paula Vogel's Tony Award winner inspired by the true story of the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch's God of Vengeance.

  • Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn - The Broadway Musical (#4209)

    Enjoy the hit Broadway adaptation of the classic 1942 movie musical, showcasing an Irving Berlin score including the Oscar-winning "White Christmas" with big dance numbers, comedy and a hit parade of the great songwriter's famous tunes.

  • The Opera House (#4210)

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

  • Ellis Island: The Dream of America with Pacific Symphony (#4211)

    Experience Peter Boyer's immersive musical story of Ellis Island immigrants through a Grammy-nominated orchestral score, narration and visuals.

  • Chicago Voices (#4304)

    Celebrate Chicago's vibrant music culture with performances by Renee Fleming, Broadway's Jessie Mueller, rap artist Lupe Fiasco, folk legend John Prine, pop and gospel singer Michelle Williams and world-renowned tenor Matthew Polezani.

  • Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2018 (#4305)

    Enjoy the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic's annual open-air concert from Austria's Imperial Schonbrunn Palace, featuring conductor Valery Gergiev and internationally acclaimed soprano Anna Netrebko as a guest soloist.

  • The Chris Botti Band In Concert (#4012)

  • Grammy Salute to Music Legends 2018 (#4306)

    Enjoy an all-star concert honoring Neil Diamond, Tina Turner, Queen, film composer John Williams, New Orleans funk band The Meters and other recipients of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement, Trustee and Music Educator awards.

  • An American In Paris The Musical (#4307)

    Relive the magic of George Gershwin's 1928 composition "An American in Paris," which he described as an extended symphonic tone poem.

  • The Sound of Music (#4308)

    Enjoy a new U.K. production of the long-running hit that garnered the Best Musical Tony for 1959.

  • John Leguizamo's Road to Broadway (#4309)

    Follow John Leguizamo's path to the Great White Way with his latest theatrical showcase, "Latin History for Morons," a comedic yet pointed look at the systematic repression of Hispanic culture throughout American history.

  • Harold Prince: The Director's Life (#4212)

    Celebrate the extraordinary career of producer and director Harold Prince, winner of a record 21 Tony Awards.

  • Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood (#4310)

    Celebrate Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday with this tribute concert at Tanglewood.

  • From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2019 (#4401)

    Ring in the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of conductor Christian Thielemann at the Musikverein.

  • The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration (#4312)

    Celebrate the orchestra's centennial with a gala concert conducted by Franz Welser-Most, featuring pianist Lang Lang and works by Mozart, Strass and Ravel, with vignettes of past music directors.

  • Orphee et Eurydice from Lyric Opera of Chicago (#4313)

    Reimagine Christoph Willibald Gluck's enduringly popular opera based on the famous Greek myth.

  • Julius Caesar (#4314)

  • Julius Caesar (#4314)

    Experience Shakespeare as never before in an all-female production from the Donamr Warehouse set in prison.

  • Doubt from Minnesota Opera (#4114)

    In this new opera based on John Patrick Shanley's play and film, suspicion ignites a battle of wills at a Catholic school in the Bronx, circa 1964.

  • Movies for Grownups Awards with Aarp The Magazine (#4402)

    Watch filmmakers and actors experience the Movies for Grownups Awards with AARP The Magazine.

  • Birgit Nilsson: A League of Her Own (#4112)

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

  • Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2019 (#4404)

    Enjoy the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic's annual concert from Schonbrunn Palace with guest conductor Gustavo Dudamel and famed pianist Yuja Wang performing pieces including Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" and Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever.

  • Now Hear This: Vivaldi: Something Completely Different (#4405)

    Explore northern Italy with Maestro Scott Yoo and discover how Vivaldi's classical masterwork "The Four Seasons" merged religious melodies, opera and virtuosic violin playing to create a new era of music.

  • Now Hear This: The Riddle of Bach (#4406)

    Travel to Germany and France to explore Bach's sonatas and partitas for solo violin.

  • Now Hear This: Scarlatti: Man Out of Time (#4407)

    Journey to Spain and Morocco with host Scott Yoo to discover how composer Scarlatti melded aspects of Vivaldi's and Bach's work with music and dance of the region to generate a new sound inspired by the guitar that is still relevant today.

  • Now Hear This: Handel: Italian Style (#4408)

    Discover how Handel's experience in Italy with fellow composers Vivaldi, Scarlatti and Corelli influenced his career.

  • GRAMMY Salute to Music Legends (#4409)

    Enjoy a star-studded awards concert for Recording Academy honorees with performances by George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Johnny Mathis, Dionne Warwick, Garth Brooks, Snoop Dogg, Patti Austin, Sheila E, Sam Moore, Julio Iglesias and more.

  • 42nd Street (#4410)

    Tap-dance along to this musical extravaganza about a starry-eyed performer who gets her big break on Broadway, set to a lively score of iconic songs including "Lullaby of Broadway," "We're in the Money" and the show-stopping title song.

  • Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I (#4411)

    Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe star in a Tony Award-winning revival of the beloved musical about a British schoolteacher instructing the royal children of the King of Siam, featuring classic songs including "Hello, Young Lovers" and "Shall We Dance.

  • Red (#4412)

    Experience the passion of painter Mark Rothko in this six-time Tony-winning play dramatizing Rothko's greatest challenge: creating the murals for New York's iconic Four Seasons restaurant.

  • Much Ado About Nothing (#4413)

  • Much Ado About Nothing (#4413)

    Recorded live at The Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in the Park, this modern interpretation of Shakespeare's romantic classic with an all-black cast features Danielle Brooks and Grantham Coleman.

  • Kinky Boots (#4414)

    Rejoice with the Tony Award-winning high-heeled hit musical with songs by pop icon Cyndi Lauper and a book by Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein about an unexpected duo that embraces their differences to create an extraordinary line of shoes.

  • An Intimate Evening with David Foster (#4213)

    Enjoy a star-studded concert with celebrated 16-time GRAMMY Award winner David Foster as he explores the music of his career with guest artists Loren Allred, Pia Toscano, Fernando Varela, Shelea, Katharine McPhee and more.

  • From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2020 (#4501)

    Celebrate 2020 with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Musikverein.

  • Movies for Grownups with Aarp The Magazine (#4502)

    Watch actors and filmmakers as they are honored for creating films that resonate with older viewers in this star-studded awards ceremony.

  • La Phil 100 (#4503)

    Celebrate the centennial of this landmark orchestra with "La Valse" by Ravel, Stravinsky's "The Firebird" and more led by three renowned LA Phil conductors: current Music and Artistic director Gustavo Dudamel, Zubin Mehta and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

  • Leonard Bernstein Mass (#4416)

    Enjoy Ravinia Festival's production of Leonard Bernstein's theater piece starring Tony Award-winning baritone Paulo Szot and featuring the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

  • Ann (#4417)

    Enjoy a powerful and revealing look at legendary, larger-than-life Texas governor Ann Richards, who enriched the lives of her followers, friends and family, in this critically acclaimed play written by and starring Emmy Award winner Holland Taylor.

  • Gloria: A Life (#4418)

    Experience a unique interpretation of feminist icon Gloria Steinem's life told by an all-female cast starring Emmy Award winner Christine Lahti and directed Tony Award winner Diane Paulus.



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