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Great Performances: Keeping Company with Sondheim

1h 13m

Take an inside look at the reimagined gender-swapped production as it returns to Broadway during the COVID-19 pandemic. Features new interviews with Tony and Grammy-winning cast members Katrina Lenk, Patti LuPone, Sondheim and more.

Episodes

  • Great Performances: Keeping Company with Sondheim: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Great Performances: Keeping Company with Sondheim

    S49 E29 - 1h 13m

    Take an inside look at the reimagined gender-swapped production as it returns to Broadway during the COVID-19 pandemic. Features new interviews with Tony and Grammy-winning cast members Katrina Lenk, Patti LuPone, Sondheim and more.

  • Great Performances: Merry Wives: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Great Performances: Merry Wives

    S49 E28 - 1h 49m

    Experience Shakespeare’s comedic masterpiece from the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park set in South Harlem telling the story of the trickster Falstaff and the wily wives who outwit him in a celebration of Black joy, laughter and vitality.

  • Great Performances: Anything Goes: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Great Performances: Anything Goes

    S49 E27 - 2h 20m

    Enjoy this London production of Cole Porter’s classic musical led by Sutton Foster who reprises her Tony-winning role as Reno Sweeney directed by Kathleen Marshall with favorite songs like “I Get A Kick Out of You” and “You’re the Top.”

  • Now Hear This "New American Voices": asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Now Hear This "New American Voices"

    S49 E25 - 54m 25s

    Scott Yoo discovers how American composers are inspired by their immigrant roots today through two composers: Brazilian-born Sergio Assad and Indian American Reena Esmail.

  • Now Hear This "Amy Beach: American Romantic": asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Now Hear This "Amy Beach: American Romantic"

    S49 E22 - 53m 54s

    Host Scott Yoo and his wife, flutist Alice Dade, perform the work of Romantic era classical composer Amy Beach at Festival Mosaic and uncover Beach’s many musical influences. Featuring performances of Beach’s works, the duo visits places Beach took inspiration from throughout her life, including an artist residency at MacDowell in New Hampshire.

  • Great Performances: The Conductor: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Great Performances: The Conductor

    S49 E20 - 1h 24m

    Follow Marin Alsop’s journey to become the first female music director of a major American symphony despite repeated rejection by the classical music industry. Features archival footage with her mentor Leonard Bernstein and is set to a soundtrack of her performances.

  • Movies for Grownups® Awards 2022 with AARP The Magazine: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Movies for Grownups® Awards 2022 with AARP The Magazine

    S49 E19 - 1h 23m

    First broadcast on PBS in 2018, Movies for Grownups Awards with AARP the Magazine returns for a fifth year to celebrate and encourage filmmaking with unique appeal to movie-lovers with a grownup state of mind—and recognize the inspiring artists who make them. Each year the centerpiece honor is the Career Achievement Award, celebrating the contributions cinema legends.

  • Great Performances – Reopening: The Broadway Revival: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Great Performances – Reopening: The Broadway Revival

    S49 E16 - 54m

    Go behind the scenes of Broadway as shows reunite, rehearse and re-stage for their long-awaited reopening nights while the theater industry learns how to turn the lights back on after its longest hiatus in history due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Great Performances: Unforgettable With Love - Natalie Cole: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Great Performances: Unforgettable With Love - Natalie Cole

    S49 E12 - 1h 14m

    Enjoy this special encore of Natalie Cole’s Emmy-winning concert of her GRAMMY-winning album in Great Performances: Unforgettable With Love - Natalie Cole. Featuring classics such as “Mona Lisa,” “The Very Thought of You” and “For Sentimental Reasons,” the concert also features a special performance of Nat King Cole’s signature song “Unforgettable” sung as a duet by Natalie Cole and her father.

  • Great Performances: Unforgettable With Love - Natalie Cole: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Great Performances: Unforgettable With Love - Natalie Cole

    S49 E12 - 1h 2m

    Enjoy this special encore of Natalie Cole’s Emmy-winning concert of her GRAMMY-winning album in Great Performances: Unforgettable With Love - Natalie Cole. Featuring classics such as “Mona Lisa,” “The Very Thought of You” and “For Sentimental Reasons,” the concert also features a special performance of Nat King Cole’s signature song “Unforgettable” sung as a duet by Natalie Cole and her father.

Extras + Features

  • Lise Davidsen Sings "Es gibt ein Reich": asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Lise Davidsen Sings "Es gibt ein Reich"

    S49 E31 - 2m 35s

    Soprano Lise Davidsen brings one of her signature roles to the Met for the first time as the mythological Greek heroine of Strauss’s enchanting masterpiece. Listen as she sings an excerpt from the aria "Es gibt ein Reich."

  • Ariadne auf Naxos Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ariadne auf Naxos Preview

    S49 E31 - 30s

    Soprano Lise Davidsen brings one of her signature roles to the Met for the first time as the mythological Greek heroine of Strauss’ masterpiece.

  • Great Performances at the Met: Rigoletto Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Great Performances at the Met: Rigoletto Preview

    S49 E30 - 30s

    Baritone Quinn Kelsey portrays the title role at the Met for the first time, starring alongside soprano Rosa Feola as Gilda and tenor Piotr Beczała as the Duke of Mantua. Maestro Daniele Rustioni leads Verdi’s timeless tragedy reset in 1920s Europe by Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher. Varduhi Abrahamyan plays Maddalena and Andrea Mastroni plays Sparafucile.

  • Changing Amy to Jamie in Broadway's "Company": asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Changing Amy to Jamie in Broadway's "Company"

    S49 E29 - 2m 43s

    Matt Doyle, Patti LuPone and Etai Benson discuss what went into gender-bending "I'm Not Getting Married Today," and how the added anxiety surrounding gay marriage added to the overall anxiety of the scene. Includes clips of the cast of Company performing the iconic song by Sondheim.

  • Changing Bobby to Bobbie in Broadway's "Company": asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Changing Bobby to Bobbie in Broadway's "Company"

    S49 E29 - 2m 36s

    Listen to Katrina Lenk (Bobbie), Cynthia Nixon and the Company cast discuss gender-bending the character of Bobbie, and how it opened the door to switch other roles in the cast as well.

  • Sondheim and The Character of Bobby: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Sondheim and The Character of Bobby

    S49 E29 - 2m 20s

    Composer Stephen Sondheim, actress Cynthia Nixon and theatre critic Hilton Als discuss the character of Bobby, and how Sondheim's own relationship to his heterosexual, married friends may have influenced the character.

  • Changing Bobby to Bobbie in Broadway's "Company": asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Changing Bobby to Bobbie in Broadway's "Company"

    S49 E29 - 2m 36s

    Listen to Katrina Lenk (Bobbie), Cynthia Nixon and the Company cast discuss switching the gender of the character of Bobbie, and how it opened the door to switch other roles in the cast as well.

  • Keeping Company with Sondheim Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Keeping Company with Sondheim Preview

    S49 E29 - 30s

    Take an inside look at the reimagined gender-swapped production as it returns to Broadway during the COVID-19 pandemic. Features new interviews with Tony and Grammy-winning cast members Katrina Lenk, Patti LuPone, Sondheim and more.

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