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Audra McDonald at the London Palladium

1h 22m

The winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards as well as two Grammy awards and an Emmy, Audra McDonald performs a repertoire of classic Broadway songs, including “I Am What I Am,” “Summertime,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” and many more.

Episodes

  • Audra McDonald at the London Palladium: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Audra McDonald at the London Palladium

    S51 E20 - 1h 22m

    The winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards as well as two Grammy awards and an Emmy, Audra McDonald performs a repertoire of classic Broadway songs, including “I Am What I Am,” “Summertime,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” and many more.

  • Hamlet: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Hamlet

    S51 E19 - 2h 33m

    From The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park, experience this Shakespearean classic directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon featuring Tony Award nominee Ato Blankson-Wood (“Slave Play”) in the title role and Solea Pfeiffer as Ophelia (“Hadestown”).

  • Now Hear This “The Composer is Yoo”: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Now Hear This “The Composer is Yoo”

    S51 E17 - 54m 24s

    Follow host Scott Yoo’s journey to compose a piece of music for the first time. Seeking counsel from other composers, Yoo revisits his heritage in search of ideas, performs landmark pieces for inspiration and ultimately tests his work in progress.

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    Now Hear This “Old Friends”: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Now Hear This “Old Friends”

    S51 E16 - 53m 54s

    Explore how virtuosos become maestros and discover their guiding principles through host Scott Yoo’s long friendships with Grammy winner Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Richard Kogan and violinist Lynn Chang.

  • Now Hear This “Virtuosos”: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Now Hear This “Virtuosos”

    S51 E15 - 53m 24s

    Explore the work of two legendary virtuosos, Niccolò Paganini and Robert Johnson, along with stars of today, Augustin Hadelich and Keb Mo. Joined by Cirque du Soleil acrobats, discover the secrets of being a virtuoso.

  • Now Hear This “Rising Stars”: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Now Hear This “Rising Stars”

    S51 E14 - 53m 54s

    Visit Julliard Pre-College with Scott Yoo to play with some of tomorrow’s virtuosos and travel to Singapore to meet rising star, Chloe Chua, who reminds Yoo of the dedication and passion required to prepare for a professional career.

  • George Jones: Still Playin’ Possum: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    George Jones: Still Playin’ Possum

    S51 E11 - 1h 24m

    Honor one of the most beloved stars in country music history with this all-star tribute concert featuring Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Wynonna, Jelly Roll, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, Lorrie Morgan, Justin Moore, Trace Adkins and more.

  • The LA Phil Celebrates Frank Gehry: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The LA Phil Celebrates Frank Gehry

    S51 E10 - 1h 24m

    Celebrate 20 years at Walt Disney Concert Hall with the LA Phil in a tribute to its architect. Led by Gustavo Dudamel, the concert includes a piece composed and conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, performances by Herbie Hancock and H.E.R., and more.

  • Making Shakespeare: The First Folio: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Making Shakespeare: The First Folio

    S51 E7 - 1h 53m

    Celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s First Folio, which saved 18 plays from being lost. Tracing the First Folio’s story, the film also spotlights how New York City’s Public Theater presents Shakespeare’s work for today’s audiences.

  • Message In A Bottle: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Message In A Bottle

    S51 E4 - 1h 25m

    Experience five-time Olivier Award nominee Kate Prince’s dance and theater show set to the songs of 17-time Grammy winner Sting. Telling the story of a migrant family, the show from London’s Sadler's Wells Theatre features a mix of dance styles.

  • New York City Ballet in Madrid: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    New York City Ballet in Madrid

    S51 E3 - 1h 24m

    New York City Ballet presents an evening of works recorded during company’s European tour in spring 2023. Captured in peak performance at Madrid’s Teatro Real, the program features two masterpieces choreographed by NYCB co-founder and original Artistic Director George Balanchine, “Serenade” and “Square Dance.”

Extras + Features

  • Rodgers & Hammerstein's 80th Anniversary Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Rodgers & Hammerstein's 80th Anniversary Preview

    S51 E22 - 30s

    Directed and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 80th Anniversary features an all-star cast at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane, including Michael Ball, Daniel Dae Kim, Maria Friedman, Audra McDonald, Julian Ovenden and more.

  • Purlie Victorious Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Purlie Victorious Preview

    S51 E21 - 30s

    Starring Leslie Odom Jr., this comedic play tells the story of a Black preacher’s scheme to reclaim his inheritance and win back his church from a plantation owner.

  • Preparing Lutiebelle to Become Cousin Bee: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Preparing Lutiebelle to Become Cousin Bee

    S51 E21 - 2m 45s

    Purlie (Leslie Odom, Jr.) prepares Lutiebelle (Kara Young) to become Cousin Bee by quizzing her about her "past" in this satirical play by Ossie Davis.

  • Purlie's Plan: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Purlie's Plan

    S51 E21 - 2m 47s

    Purlie (Leslie Odom, Jr.) tells Missy (Heather Alicia Simms) about his plan to buy his church back using his cousin's inheritance in this satirical play by Ossie Davis.

  • Audra McDonald at the London Palladium Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Audra McDonald at the London Palladium Preview

    S51 E20 - 30s

    The winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards as well as two Grammy awards and an Emmy, Audra McDonald performs a repertoire of classic Broadway songs, including “I Am What I Am,” “Summertime,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” and many more.

  • Hamlet in Today's World: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Hamlet in Today's World

    S51 E19 - 8m 17s

    The cast of Hamlet (Ato Blankson-Wood, Solea Pfieffer, and Nick Rehberger) discuss what it means to bring Shakespeare's "Hamlet" into the modern day.

Schedule

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    Great Performances: Purlie Victorious: TVSS: Iconic

    Great Performances

    Purlie Victorious

    Friday
    May 24

    2 Hours

    Leslie Odom Jr. portrays a Black preacher who schemes to reclaim his inheritance and win back his church from a plantation owner.
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    Great Performances: Purlie Victorious: TVSS: Iconic

    Great Performances

    Purlie Victorious

    Friday
    May 24

    2 Hours

    Leslie Odom Jr. portrays a Black preacher who schemes to reclaim his inheritance and win back his church from a plantation owner.
  • Image
    Great Performances: Purlie Victorious: TVSS: Iconic

    Great Performances

    Purlie Victorious

    Saturday
    May 25

    2 Hours

    Leslie Odom Jr. portrays a Black preacher who schemes to reclaim his inheritance and win back his church from a plantation owner.
  • Image
    Great Performances: Purlie Victorious: TVSS: Iconic

    Great Performances

    Purlie Victorious

    Saturday
    May 25

    2 Hours

    Leslie Odom Jr. portrays a Black preacher who schemes to reclaim his inheritance and win back his church from a plantation owner.
  • Image
    Great Performances: Rodgers & Hammerstein's 80th Anniversary: TVSS: Iconic

    Great Performances

    Rodgers & Hammerstein's 80th Anniversary

    Friday
    May 31

    2 Hours

    Aaron Tveit, Patrick Wilson and more perform songs from musicals by Rodgers & Hammerstein including "Carousel," "South Pacific," "The King and I" and "The Sound of Music."
  • Image
    Great Performances: Rodgers & Hammerstein's 80th Anniversary: TVSS: Iconic

    Great Performances

    Rodgers & Hammerstein's 80th Anniversary

    Friday
    May 31

    2 Hours

    Aaron Tveit, Patrick Wilson and more perform songs from musicals by Rodgers & Hammerstein including "Carousel," "South Pacific," "The King and I" and "The Sound of Music."
  • Image
    Great Performances: Rodgers & Hammerstein's 80th Anniversary: TVSS: Iconic

    Great Performances

    Rodgers & Hammerstein's 80th Anniversary

    Saturday
    Jun 1

    2 Hours

    Aaron Tveit, Patrick Wilson and more perform songs from musicals by Rodgers & Hammerstein including "Carousel," "South Pacific," "The King and I" and "The Sound of Music."
  • Image
    Great Performances: Rodgers & Hammerstein's 80th Anniversary: TVSS: Iconic

    Great Performances

    Rodgers & Hammerstein's 80th Anniversary

    Saturday
    Jun 1

    2 Hours

    Aaron Tveit, Patrick Wilson and more perform songs from musicals by Rodgers & Hammerstein including "Carousel," "South Pacific," "The King and I" and "The Sound of Music."
  • Image
    Great Performances: Rodgers & Hammerstein's 80th Anniversary: TVSS: Iconic

    Great Performances

    Rodgers & Hammerstein's 80th Anniversary

    Wednesday
    Jun 5

    2 Hours

    Aaron Tveit, Patrick Wilson and more perform songs from musicals by Rodgers & Hammerstein including "Carousel," "South Pacific," "The King and I" and "The Sound of Music."
  • Image
    Great Performances: Rodgers & Hammerstein's 80th Anniversary: TVSS: Iconic

    Great Performances

    Rodgers & Hammerstein's 80th Anniversary

    Wednesday
    Jun 5

    2 Hours

    Aaron Tveit, Patrick Wilson and more perform songs from musicals by Rodgers & Hammerstein including "Carousel," "South Pacific," "The King and I" and "The Sound of Music."
  • Image
    Great Performances: Rodgers & Hammerstein's 80th Anniversary: TVSS: Iconic

    Great Performances

    Rodgers & Hammerstein's 80th Anniversary

    Thursday
    Jun 6

    2 Hours

    Aaron Tveit, Patrick Wilson and more perform songs from musicals by Rodgers & Hammerstein including "Carousel," "South Pacific," "The King and I" and "The Sound of Music."

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