5 films from Great Performances to stream before they expire March 19
Does the latest “In the Heights” trailer have you dreaming of Broadway? Take a trip back in time to 2008, when the original cast of “In the Heights” was gearing up to stage the production on Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre. Performance footage from the show is interspersed with interviews from cast and crew, including Lin Manuel-Miranda, Mandy Gonzalez, Karen Olivo, Christopher Jackson and Seth Stewart, among others.
“It was the first time I had seen a musical that took place now,” Manuel-Miranda recalls in the documentary. “And a light bulb really went off, and I was like, ‘Oh, you can write a musical about you, about your life.'”
The Public Theater’s production of “Much Ado About Nothing,” staged in Central Park in 2019, drew critical acclaim. A bold interpretation of Shakespeare’s comedic masterpiece, this capture features Danielle Brooks as Beatrice and Grantham Coleman as Benedick. The production marked the first time in over four decades that Great Performances presented a Public Theater production recorded live at Shakespeare in the Park.
This lush performance brings together the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Joffrey Ballet for a first-time collaboration to reimagine Christoph Willibald Gluck’s popular opera, with libretto by Pierre-Louis Moline. Based on the Greek myth of poet and musician Orpheus, the production stars Dmitry Korchak, Andriana Chuchman and Lauren Snouffer. Choreography for the ballet sections is by John Neumeier.
Our streaming devices are alive with the sound of music! This performance, originally televised live from 3 Mills Studios in London, features music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II and stars Kara Tointon as Maria and Julian Ovenden as Captain von Trapp.
Composed by Douglas J. Cuomo, with a libretto by John Patrick Shanley, this production of “Doubt” from the Minnesota Opera is based on Shanley’s 2005 Broadway play and 2008 film of the same name. The opera centers on the suspicion leading to a battle of wills at a Bronx Catholic school and stars Christine Brewer, Adriana Zabala, Matthew Worth and Denyce Graves.