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2014-01-07 12:26:30

Maggie Smith, Ralph Fiennes, Judi Dench, Benedict Cumberbatch, Derek Jacobi, Helen Mirren, Michael Gambon, Penelope Wilton and many more NEW YORK, Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Theatre opened its doors in 1963 with Laurence Olivier as its first director. Eight hundred productions later, the venerable institution celebrates its 50th anniversary with a starry cast of theatrical legends to applaud the remarkable people and plays that have made the NT one of the...

2014-01-06 16:25:11

An acting legend portrays an acting icon in an astonishing tour de force NEW YORK, Jan. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After Christopher Plummer's multiple awards wins for Beginners in 2010 (Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and more), the distinguished star of stage and screen went on to deliver another highly affecting performance, when he recreated his Tony Award-winning role of legendary actor John Barrymore in the film adaptation of William Luce's Broadway play of the same name....

2013-12-09 12:23:16

Features the world-renowned artist performing songs from his new album and Broadway-bound musical recorded live at The Public Theater in New York City NEW YORK, Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sting: The Last Ship will air on THIRTEEN's Great Performances, Friday, February 21 at 9 p.m., ET on PBS (check local listings) and features the 16-time Grammy Award-winning musician performing songs from his new album, The Last Ship, and forthcoming play of the same name in an intimate...

2013-12-05 12:26:43

The Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Ballet return for the beloved annual tradition against the joyful backdrop of the scenic city NEW YORK, Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews returns for the fifth time to host the festive annual New Year's celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic, under the direction of Daniel Barenboim from Vienna's Musikverein. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130604/DC25926LOGO) From Vienna: The New...

2013-10-23 16:27:53

The late great tenor in some of his finest performances and in duet with Sting, Bono, Eric Clapton, and The Three Tenors NEW YORK, Oct. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Like Enrico Caruso before him, Luciano Pavarotti extended his presence far beyond the limits of Italian opera. Quickly establishing his trademark rich sound as the great male operatic voice of the 20(th) century, he expanded his reach to stadium concerts and pop collaborations which brought him fame beyond...

2013-10-15 12:27:11

The legendary singer is joined by Chris Botti, Il Volo, and son Jason Gould for two hours of hits, including nine songs she has never performed on a concert stage. NEW YORK, Oct. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "I love people from Brooklyn. Because they're real. Down to earth. They tell it like it is." So Barbra Streisand informs an adoring audience at the opening of her heralded hometown return at the brand new 19,000-seat, billion-dollar Barclays Center. Barbra Streisand: Back...

2013-10-07 16:21:58

Directed by Sir Trevor Nunn, and choreographed by Susan Stroman, the acclaimed Royal National Theatre production reveals the work's emotional complexity with a fresh approach NEW YORK, Oct. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Great news for Hollywood and Broadway fans: Hugh Jackman--who recently starred in the worldwide hit film version of "Les Miserables"-- can be seen again in his breakout musical role as cowpoke Curly in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!, Friday, November 15 at...

2013-09-24 12:23:30

An all-star cast in a staged concert production conducted by Paul Gemignani NEW YORK, Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Great Performances presents the New York Philharmonic's concert staging of Stephen Sondheim's award-winning musical Company with an all-star cast including (in alphabetical order) Craig Bierko (as Peter), Stephen Colbert (as Harry), Jon Cryer (as David), Katie Finneran (as Amy), Neil Patrick Harris (as Robert), Christina Hendricks (as April), Adam Lazar (as...

2013-09-23 12:23:10

Jay Hunter Morris sings Captain Ahab in Leonard Foglia's multimedia production NEW YORK, Sept. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer's award-winning opera Moby-Dick, will be broadcast on THIRTEEN's Great Performances Friday, November 1, 2013 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130604/DC25926LOGO) Composed in two acts and sung in English, Heggie...

2013-09-17 12:28:01

Julie Andrews, Patti Austin, Michael Buble, Elina Garanca, Josh Groban, Don Henley, Audra McDonald, Peter Martins, Itzhak Perlman, and David Hyde Pierce pay tribute to television's longest-running performing arts showcase NEW YORK, Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Throughout its 40 year history on public television, Great Performances has provided viewers nationwide with an unparalleled showcase of the best in all genres of the performing arts. (Logo:...