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Great Performances and Voces to Present John Leguizamo's Road To Broadway

John Leguizamo's Road to Broadway follows the always provocative Leguizamo as he prepares for his most challenging theatrical quest yet - cramming 3,000 years of Latino history into 90 minutes of stage time for his one man show. With extraordinary access to his creative process, the film traces the evolution of his latest success, Tony-nominated play Latin History for Morons, from its challenging premise through its triumphant debut. A special co-presentation of Great Performances and Latino Public Broadcasting's Voces, John Leguizamo's Road to Broadway, directed by Ben DeJesus, premieres nationwide Friday, November 16 at 9 p.m. on PBS check local listings. The film will be available for streaming on November 17 at pbs.orggperf and on PBS apps.
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Emmys 2018: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar: Live’ could break the awards curse of this landmark musical

When “Jesus Christ Superstar” first debuted as a concept album in 1970, it was considered so sacrilegious by some that it was banned by the BBC.Fast-forward 48 years, and attitudes have certainly changed as a concert production was shown on Easter Sunday by NBC. “Jesus Christ Superstar: Live” scored 13 Emmy nominations and is the overwhelming favorite to win Best Variety Special Live, overshadowing the Oscar and Grammy telecasts.

History could also be made for its original creators, composers Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. An Emmy win would allow them both to join the elite Egot club of 12 that have won the big-four showbiz prizes: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. But just as the talents behind this retelling of Jesus’ last days through the eyes of his disciple Judas have waited for the full recognition of their Bible-inspired rock opera, “Superstar” itself and its iconic characters has been long overdue for
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L.A. Composer Looks East, Providing ‘Ellis Island’ Score for PBS’ ‘Great Performances’

  • Variety
Los Angeles composer Peter Boyer will have his biggest national showcase to date when PBS’s “Great Performances” debuts his “Ellis Island: The Dream of America” on Friday, June 29.

Carl St. Clair conducts the Pacific Symphony in the hour-long broadcast, taped last year as part of the orchestra’s annual American Composers Festival. Actors Barry Bostwick, Camryn Manheim and Michael Nouri are among those speaking the words of immigrants who came through Ellis Island during the early years of the 20th century. Hundreds of historical photos provide a visual backdrop for both actors and orchestra.

Boyer talks about the challenge of writing “Ellis Island” in the below:

Boyer received a 2005 Grammy nomination for “best classical contemporary composition” for the work, which draws on the true stories of seven immigrants and frames their words with dramatic orchestral music that is very much in an Americana vein. The piece concludes with a
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Record Store Day 2018’s Most Wanted: Pink Floyd, Johnny Cash, David Bowie, Nas and More

  • Variety
“Piper at the Gates of Dawn” isn’t just the name of a Pink Floyd album that’s being reissued on vinyl. It’s a prescription for how early you may need to be in line at the gates of your local brick-and-mortar music shop on Saturday for Record Store Day, if you want to be sure to get hold of the most coveted limited editions going on sale exclusively among independent retailers.

That Floyd LP, a mono mix being reissued on vinyl for the first time in a half-century, could be this year’s most widely coveted piece. But there are 421 other titles also going on sale Saturday, as listed here. If lining up isn’t your thing, don’t despair; some of these will still be available in the days or even weeks to follow… or forever, on Discogs and eBay. But honestly, doesn’t all music sound
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2018 DGA Awards presenters are a mix of A-list celebs and past winners: Amy Schumer, Damien Chazelle …

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When the 2018 Directors Guild of America Awards are handed out on Saturday, February 3, expect many famous faces to be in attendance at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. Among the list of presenters are A-list celebs including Amy Schumer (two-time DGA contender for “Amy Schumer: The Leather Special” and “Inside Amy Schumer”), Oscar nominees like Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”), and past DGA winners like last year’s “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle. Scroll down to see the complete list of DGA Awards presenters.

Besides Chazelle, the other former DGA champs who will present a trophy at Saturday’s ceremony are Don Mischer, Jay D. Roth and Thomas Schlamme. Mischer is a multiple DGA winner for “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial,” “Great Performances” and “The Kennedy Center Honors,” to name just a few. Roth was last year’s President’s Award DGA honoree.
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Aarp The Magazine Announces Presenters For 17th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards

Aarp announced today the official presenters for the 17th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards.

Alfre Woodard, Jason Clarke, Mark Hamill, Saoirse Ronan, Ben Mendelsohn, Shari Belafonte, Willem Dafoe, Kelly Marie Tran, Doug Jones, Michael Gracey, Molly Bloom and others will join host Alan Cumming at the star-studded event that will be celebrated on Monday, February 5th at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills. The awards celebrate 2017’s standout films with unique appeal to movie lovers with a grownup state of mind and recognize the inspiring artists who make them.

“When the editors of Aarp The Magazine decided 16 years ago that is was time to challenge Hollywood’s perspective on aging, we hoped that the Movies for Grownups Awards would ignite a cultural change,” said Aarp CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. “This year, it is clear that change has arrived. There’s been an explosion of movies that disrupt conventional thoughts on aging,
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The Detour's Laura Benanti Tees Up Edie's Revenge, Recalls Stomach-Turning She Loves Me TV Moment

Hell hath no fury like a Postal Inspection Service employee scorned. And hormonal.

So now that The Detour‘s Edie a) has a bead on where the Parker family is hiding out and b) is under the very strong influence of fertility drugs as she attempts to conceive, prepare for a rather emotionally unbalanced reckoning, recently promoted series regular Laura Benanti tells TVLine.

“Edie is discharged from the Postal Inspection Service, because she’s terrible at her job,” she says, laughing. “But then she becomes obsessed with the family, so she takes it upon herself to follow them to Alaska.
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Aarp The Magazine Announces Nominees For The 17th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards

Aarp The Magazine is pleased to announce the nominees for the upcoming 17th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards, with Get Out, Lady Bird, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri contending in the Best Picture/Best Movie for Grownups category.

The awards celebrate 2017’s standout films with unique appeal to movie lovers with a grownup state of mind and recognize the inspiring artists who make them. Award-winning film and stage actor Alan Cumming will host the star-studded evening at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills on Monday, February 5.

In the Best Actress category, nominations go to Annette Bening (Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool), Judi Dench (Victoria & Abdul), Salma Hayek (Beatriz at Dinner), Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and Meryl Streep (The Post). In the Best Actor category, Steve Carell (Battle of the Sexes), Daniel-Day Lewis (Phantom Thread), Tom Hanks
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Emmys: TV Academy Adds Even More Categories, Tweaks Other Rules

  • The Wrap
Emmys: TV Academy Adds Even More Categories, Tweaks Other Rules
The Television Academy announced rule changes for the 2018 Emmy Awards on Tuesday, including a restructuring of the Oustanding Variety Special and Special Class categories. They will instead be replaced by two variety special categories, one for live events and another for pre-recorded specials. The reason for the change, according to the TV academy, is confusion around the term “special class.” Past winners in the category have included awards shows, PBS performance specials such as “Live From Lincoln Center” and “Great Performances,” as well as the Fox musical “Grease: Live!” Other nominees have included opening ceremonies for the Olympic games, concert.
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Little Women, Victoria, We'll Meet Again: PBS Announces Winter/Spring 2018 Schedule

PBS has released its Winter/Spring 2018 schedule. Returning PBS TV series include: Victoria season two and Call the Midwife season seven, as as well as new seasons of Nature, Independent Lens, American Experience, Nova, American Masters, Frontline, Great Performances, and Pov. New PBS TV shows include: Little Women, We'll Meet Again with Ann Curry, Unforgotten, Civilizations, and The Great American Read. Get the details from this PBS press release. Read More…
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Helen Mirren to Receive Career Achievement Honor at Aarp The Magazine's Movies For Grownups Awards

Aarp The Magazine announced today that Helen Mirren will receive the 2017 Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award.

The Aarp Movies for Grownups multimedia franchise was established in 2002 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.

Mirren, an Academy, Golden Globe, Emmy, Tony, BAFTA & Olivier Award-winning actress will receive Movies for Grownups’ highest honor on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills. Aarp The Magazine will host the 17th annual Movies for Grownups Awards, where many other awards, including best actor, best actress and best director, will be presented. Event proceeds benefit Aarp Foundation, which works to end senior poverty by building economic opportunity and social connections for vulnerable older adults in L.A. and across the country.

“I am greatly honoured by this award. I consider film to be a high art form,
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Video: Watch Clips of Kevin Kline and More in Present Laughter, Airing on PBS Tomorrow!

Kevin Kline's Tony Award-winning performance in the Great Performances presentation of No l Coward's Present Laughter, first produced in 1942 with Coward himself in the leading role, comes to PBS tomorrow, Friday, November 3rd at 9 p.m. check local listings, continuing PBS's Fall Broadway's Best lineup. Click below to watch two clips from the production, plus a get a behind-the-scenes look at the show
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Blade Runner 2049 early reactions label the film a “masterpiece”

The early reactions to Blade Runner 2049 are in and they are overwhelmingly good.

Sequel plans to the classic Ridley Scott sci-film were met with a healthy dose of scepticism initially, but as time went on, and with the trust so many have in director of the film Denis Villeneuve, a more optimistic outlook was quickly adopted.

And now it seems that any remaining fears can be put to bed as those critics lucky enough to see the film early have reported back with tremendous praise for the movie, Villeneuve, and legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins.

The founder of, Erik Davis, tweeting that the film was a “masterpiece” and others have even compared it favourably to the original movie.

Blade Runner 2049 is sci-fi masterpiece; the kind of deep-cut genre film we don't see anymore. Visually mind blowing, absolutely fantastic

— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis
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The First ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Reactions Are In, And It’s Good News

There’s still just over a week until it officially lands in cinemas, but the first reactions to the upcoming Blade Runner 2049 are in from across the pond in the United States. Those reactions are mostly positive, and while there is no official full review online as yet, various critics have taken to social media to air their initial thoughts.

Here’s a sample.

#BladeRunner2049 is a film that fans will discuss and theorize about for years. A deeply engaging and visually dazzling sci-fi excursion.

Mark Daniell (@markhdaniell) September 26, 2017

#BladeRunner2049 is nearly 3 hours and kept me entranced, tense, and engaged the entire time. That speaks volumes. The time flew by.

— Drew Dietsch (@DrewDietsch) September 26, 2017

#BladeRunner2049 is absolutely stunning & a sci-fi masterpiece. It took special effects to a whole other level. One of 2017’s best films.

Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) September
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PBS Announces Airdates for Broadway's Falsettos, Indecent, Holiday Inn & More!

This fall, PBS brings viewers broadcast premieres of Broadway's best every Friday night, beginning October 20 with a Great Performances special, She Loves Me, starring Laura Benanti, Zachery Levi, Jane Krakowski and Gavin Creel. On October 27, Live From Lincoln Center's Falsettos, set amidst the emerging AIDS crisis, takes an alternately comic and poignant look at a modern family.
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Kevin Kline: An Emmy win for ‘Bob’s Burgers’ would put him just a Grammy away from Egot

Kevin Kline: An Emmy win for ‘Bob’s Burgers’ would put him just a Grammy away from Egot
Kevin Kline has been working in the entertainment business for so long that it may be surprising he’s only been nominated for two Emmys. He contended for Best Movie/Mini Actor in 2009 for “Cyrano de Bergerac (Great Performances),” and now he’s up for Best Character Voice-Over Performance for his recurring role as Mr. Fischoeder in […]
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Edward Gero Stars as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in The Originalist on the Next Theater Close-up

Theater Close-Up -- the unique collaboration between Thirteen and the large community of New York City area Off-Broadway and regional theaters - continues with John Strand's The Originalist, captured live on-stage at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., Monday, March 13 at 9 p.m. on Thirteen, with an encore presentation on Sunday, March 19 at 340 a.m. The play will also air Sunday, March 26 at 10 p.m. on WLIW21. The play, directed on the stage by Molly Smith, will be available for streaming for two weeks after the broadcast.L to R Edward Gero as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Kerry Warren as Cat in The Originalist at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Credit C. Stanley Photography. Four-time Helen Hayes Award winner Edward Gero Red returned to Arena Stage as one of America's most brilliant and polarizing figures Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. When bright, liberal, Harvard
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