Tuesday, November 15, 2011

PBS Great Performances Season to Include Some Broadway Hits

The 2011-2012 season of PBS's Great Performances has been announced and will include some hits from Broadway, off-Broadway, and London's West End. Though a specific schedule has yet to be announced, the season will include Anna Deavere Smith's one-woman play Let Me Down Easy, the Tony-winning Best Musical of 2010, Memphis, and the 25th anniversary performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera. The airing of Memphis will star the Broadway production's Tony nominated original stars, Montego Glover and Chad Kimball. The production of The Phantom of the Opera being aired on PBS was filmed at London's Royal Albert Hall and starred Sierra Boggess and Ramin Karimloo.

In a non-Broadway related note, the PBS season will also feature The Thomashefskys, Michael Tilson-Thomas' performance about the lives of his grandparents who were stars of the Yiddish theater circuit.

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