Sometimes the best programs on PBS are run at Pledge Time. This is one of them. But it is tons of fun anyway.
Marvin and Whizzer return as William Finn and James Lapine’s Falsettos gets a Lincoln Center Theatre production starring Andrew Rannells. Previews begin Sept. 29 ahead of an Oct. 27 opening at the Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway.
“She’s written anti-war anthems, songs about birth control, pregnancy and divorce, all with a sincerity and honesty that transcends music genres, politics and gender,” said PBS executive producer Elizabeth Trojian.
It began off-Broadway to great reviews, but it virtually exploded when Audra McDonald was cast for the revival of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. You can see her amazing performance as her version of the great singer reaches home screens on Saturday, March 12 at 9 PM on HBO.
Fox admits the advertisers asked for – and received – changes to the song lyrics for Grease: Live. It still was a helluva show.
With Berkshire veteran Aaron Tveit in the lead, Grease is being rewritten for television as the popular musical gets updated by a team that includes Tony Award-nominated director Thomas Kail who directed Hamilton and In the Heights.
Marvelous profile of Mike Nichols directed by Elaine May. The American Masters PBS program focuses on the art of direction and features interviews with Nichols plus new thoughts from Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Dustin Hoffman, Alec Baldwin and Paul Simon.