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Great Performances - August 2020

Don’t Miss These Great Performances in August
No one does live performance like WTVP.

No live music? No dance? No theater? What’s a live performance lover to do during this era of cancellations and postponements? Tune in to WTVP, of course! Great Performances has an outstanding line-up of live performance every Friday evening in August. As a WTVP member, you have a front-row seat right there in the comfort of your living room. So sit back and relax, the show is about to begin!


In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams
August 7, 2020, 8 p.m. | WTVP-HD 47.1

Before Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote and starred in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical In the Heights. This documentary chronicles the personal stories of Miranda and the cast of In the Heights in the months leading up to its 2008 opening night.

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In The Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams | Preview

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Great Performances airs a special encore of In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda on Writing In The Heights

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Lin-Manuel Miranda discusses writing his first musical, In the Heights.


Much Ado About Nothing
August 14, 2020, 8 p.m. | WTVP-HD 47.1

You only think you have seen every possible version of this classic Shakespeare comedy. This one, recorded during its final week at Free Shakespeare in the Park in New York, is set in contemporary Messina, Georgia. The community is celebrating a break in an ongoing war, but not all is peaceful amid the merriment. Revenge, trickery, romantic retribution and miscommunication run amok. Featured are Danielle Brooks and Grantham Coleman as the sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick.

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Much Ado About Nothing Preview

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The bold interpretation of Shakespeare’s comedic masterpiece featuring Danielle Brooks.

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Why Much Ado About Nothing is Relevant Today

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How director Kenny Leon is breathing new life to Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.


The King and I
August 21, 2020, 8 p.m. | WTVP-HD 47.1

This sumptuous production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic 1951 musical is directed by Bartlett Sher. Featuring a treasure trove of timeless Rodgers & Hammerstein hits and a cast of more than 50, the show was recorded during its 2018 run in London’s West End. Ken Watanabe is the King of Siam with Kelli O’Hara in her Tony-winning performance as schoolteacher Mrs. Anna.

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Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I Preview

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Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe star in "Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I."


Vienna Philharmonic Summer Concert 2019
August 28, 2020 7:30 p.m. | WTVP-HD 47.1

Famed conductor and music and artistic director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, returns to the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The program features popular selections from both European and American composers, including Bernstein, Gershwin, Chopin, Sousa, Dvořák, Copeland and Strauss.

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Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2019 Preview

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Enjoy the Vienna Philharmonic’s annual concert conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.

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