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PBS Fall Festival Brings Big Performances to the Small Screen

by Photo of Natalie Sacks

Hosted by Kristin Chenoweth, the programs feature Nathan Lane, Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett and more.

PBS Fall Festival Brings Big Performances to the Small Screen

Now in its fourth year, the PBS Arts Fall Festival is establishing a name for itself by bringing some of the best performances New York has to offer to viewers who are unable to see them live. Hosted by original Wicked star Kristen Chenoweth, the series returns in September for eleven weekly programs featuring Broadway shows, musical concerts and more. Here are some of the highlights of the television festival.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street In Concert with the New York Philharmonic

Friday, September 26, 2014, 9:00 p.m.-11:30 p.m. ET

Live from Lincoln Center, the New York Philharmonic’s sold-out production of Stephen Sondheim’s iconic Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street from March 2014 returns to you on the small screen. The musical tells the story of a barber who, with his romantically inclined landlady, Mrs. Lovett the piemaker, seeks vengeance on what he considers a merciless world. The cast features Bryn Terfel in the title role and Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lovett. Multi-Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald hosts.

Austin City Limits

Friday, October 3, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET

A star-studded special celebrating the trailblazing music series’ fortieth anniversary. With guest hosts Jeff Bridges, Sheryl Crow and Matthew McConaughey, the two-hour broadcast features memorable moments from the show’s remarkable run, with the show's brightest stars returning to the Austin City Limits stage for incredible performances. Highlights include legends Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Foo Fighters, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Gary Clark Jr., Lyle Lovett, Alabama Shakes, Buddy Guy and more.

The Nance Featuring Nathan Lane

Friday, October 10, 2014, 9:00 p.m.-11:30 p.m. ET

Douglas Carter Beane’s The Nance stars Nathan Lane as gay headliner Chauncey Miles, who faces a changing world and his own self-loathing in the fading world of burlesque in 1930s New York. The play received five Tony Award nominations, including a Best Actor nod for Lane. The cast also features Tony Award-winner Cady Huffman, Lewis J. Stadlen, Jenni Barber and Jonny Orsini.

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek

Friday, October 24, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET

Inspired by their duet in GP’s recent Tony Bennett Duets II, the greatest living interpreter of the American songbook has recorded a soon to be released new album with America’s reigning pop diva of today. Teaming up for a very special concert at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater, the duo will perform swinging selections from their Cheek to Cheek collaboration.

Michael Feinstein at the Rainbow Room

Friday, October 31, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET

Two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein headlines, with performances by Tony winner and Emmy-nominated artist Christine Ebersole, American Idol sensation Jessica Sanchez, tap duo the Manzari Brothers and Oscar-nominated June Squibb.


Friday, November 21, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET

One of musical theater’s biggest blockbusters returns to Great Performances for an encore presentation. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats reigned over an eighteen-year Broadway run and tours globally to this day. Based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats,” Webber’s hit-filled stage version features Elaine Paige’s return to her original role as Grizabella, the faded “glamour cat” singing the show-stopping ballad “Memory.”

Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home

Friday, November 28, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET

Emmy and Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth brings it home to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma to perform music from her career.  Chenoweth appears at a state-of-the-art theater that now bears her name, performing Broadway, television and film songs like “Popular” and “For Good” from Wicked, songs from her acclaimed performances on Glee and more. Backed by a thirteen-piece orchestra, Chenoweth welcomes song and dance friends from Broadway in a program sure to be unforgettable.

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