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Great Performances 

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Filmed and televised versions of theater productions, such as plays, musicals, operas, ballets, and concerts from around the world.


Sheldon Epps


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Series cast summary:
Julie Andrews ...  Self - Host / ... 15 episodes, 1989-2014
Walter Cronkite ...  Self - Host 11 episodes, 1987-2008
Plácido Domingo ...  Self / ... 13 episodes, 1981-2019
Renée Fleming ...  Self / ... 11 episodes, 1994-2018
David Foster ...  Self / ... 9 episodes, 2002-2019
Thomas Hampson Thomas Hampson ...  Baritone / ... 8 episodes, 1993-2021
Josh Groban ...  Self / ... 8 episodes, 2002-2015
Andrea Bocelli ...  Self 7 episodes, 1999-2015
Audra McDonald ...  Self - Performer / ... 7 episodes, 1995-2013
Stephen Sondheim ...  Self / ... 7 episodes, 1974-2018
Scott Yoo Scott Yoo ...  Self 7 episodes, 2019-2020
Frederica von Stade Frederica von Stade ...  Self / ... 6 episodes, 1989-1997
Liza Minnelli ...  Self / ... 8 episodes, 1985-2003
Hal Holbrook ...  Self - Host / ... 5 episodes, 1974-1977
Bernadette Peters ...  Self - Performer / ... 6 episodes, 1971-2010
Chita Rivera ...  Self 9 episodes, 1985-2005


"You Can't Take It With You" is hailed one of the greatest revivals and filmed plays for PBS television. David Woods brought stunning charm, humor, and time to this Moss Hart masterpiece. Jason Robards, Jr. gave the collective performance of his career. Colleen Dewhurst perfection, Elizabeth Wilson superior, a joyous ensemble.

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and the greatest performance was...
11 July 2004 | by chiarafumoSee all my reviews

"Nixon in China", which was shown on April 15, 1988. Peter Sellars directed his usual wonderful cast of James Maddalena as Richard Nixon and Sandford Sylvan as Chou En-lai in John Adams' superb opera about Nixon's visit to China in February, 1972. (Alice Goodman's libretto was sculpted from the actual words of the historical characters.) One of the nicer touches was that Walter Cronkite, who followed the Nixon entourage, gave the historical grounding for the opera before the performance and then during the intermission.

The music is lyrical and incantatory and the entire cast does it justice. And the staging!... I vividly remember the end of Act 1, when Nixon and Chou toast each other's countries ("Gambei") and as they clink glasses a score of newspaper photographers snap their pictures -- and then all the house lights went out! Wowzy-wow-wow! And Nixon's entrance, as he walks out of a huge mock-up of Air Force One and gives his stiff arms-up salute made me applaud wildly, and I am a flaming leftist.

Ah, if only this were on DVD. Or even VHS. It's unfortunate that it can't be seen at all. After I emailed WNET, the original sponsors of "Great Performances", I received a response that said that they did not own the copyright and weren't really sure who did!

Consider this posting a cry in the wilderness -- please, someone make this work of art available to us.

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