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Great Performances is a television anthology series dedicated to the performing arts; the banner has been used to televise theatrical performances such as plays, musicals, opera, ballet, concerts, as well as occasional documentaries. It is produced by the PBS member stations WNET in New York City (originally in conjunction with KQED San Francisco, WTTW Chicago, Maryland Public Television, South Carolina ETV and KERA-TV of Dallas/Fort Worth).

Great Performances
Great Perfomances TVSeries.jpg
GenrePerforming Arts
Created byJac Venza
Directed bySteve Ruggi
Presented byWalter Cronkite (1988–2009); Julie Andrews (1989–present), among others
Theme music composerJohn Williams
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons46
Production company(s)WNET
Release
Original networkPBS
Original releaseNovember 4, 1972 (1972-11-04) –
present
External links
Website

The series is the longest running performing arts anthology on television, and has won an Emmy Award, three Peabody Awards[1][2][3] and an Image Award, with nods from the Directors Guild of America and the Cinema Audio Society.[4]

Great Performances' predecessor, New York Playhouse, premiered on October 7, 1972 with a production of Antigone.[5] In 1973, Exxon and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting provided grants to create Theater in America, which reran the New York Playhouse and some NET Playhouse productions.[6] The first original production for Theater in America was of Enemies.[7] In 1974, WNET added The Great Performance, a series of classical concerts.[8] In 1976, Great Performances became the umbrella title and the music section was named Music in America. A third section, Dance In America, was also added.[9][10] The first episode "Sue's Leg: Remembering the Thirties" featured choreography by Twyla Tharp. Later episodes featured such performers as Mikhail Baryshnikov. Although it is not seen as often as previously, there have recently been new Dance in America programs, such as the Emmy-winning 2005 production of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, starring Angel Corella, Gillian Murphy and the American Ballet Theatre.

In 2007, Great Performances began telecasting performances from the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series,[11] a series of HD opera tapings re-purposed from their original purpose as Fathom Events films carried in high-quality movie theaters for a premium admission price.

Repeat guest hosts include Walter Cronkite, Julie Andrews and Whoopi Goldberg. Major underwriters throughout the show's run have included The National Endowment for the Arts, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS viewers, Exxon, Martin Marietta, Texaco, Deluxe, Duracell, Ernst & Young, Chase Manhattan Bank and UBS.

In 2009, a new theme music for Great Performances was introduced, composed by John Williams.[12]

Contents

EpisodesEdit

New York Playhouse (1972–73)Edit

Season 1 (1973–74)Edit

As Theatre in America[16]

Season 2 (1974–75)Edit

Season 3 (1975–76)Edit

Season 4 (1976–77)Edit

Season 5 (1977–78)Edit

Season 6 (1978–79)Edit

Season 7 (1979–1980)Edit

Season 8 (1980–81)Edit

Season 9 (1981–82)Edit

Season 10 (1982–83)Edit

Season 11 (1983–84)Edit

  • Princess Grace Remembered (September 26, 1983)[56]
  • Alice in Wonderland (October 3, 1983)[56]
  • Callas: An International Celebration (December 11, 1983)
  • An American Christmas (December 19, 1983)[56]
  • The Magic Flute (January 9, 1984)
  • La Cenerentola (February 6, 1984)
  • Choreographer's Notebook: Stravinsky Piano Ballets by Peter Martins (February 13, 1984)
  • The Soldier's Tale, directed by R. O. Blechman (March 19, 1984)[56]

Season 12 (1984–85)Edit

Season 13 (1985–86)Edit

  • Doctor Fischer of Geneva (October 11, 1985)
  • Three by Three (October 18, 1985)
  • Laurence Olivier—A Life (October 25–31, 1985)[61]
  • The Gospel at Colonus (November 8, 1985)[56]
  • "Master Harold"...and the Boys (November 15, 1985)[56]
  • Sylvia Fine Kaye's Musical Comedy Tonight III (The Spark and the Glue) (November 22, 1985)
  • The Importance of Being Earnest (November 29, 1985)
  • San Francisco Ballet in Cinderella (December 7, 1985)
  • Falstaff (December 13, 1985)
  • Rossini at Versailles (December 27, 1985)
  • From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 1986 hosted by Walter Cronkite (January 1, 1986)[57]
  • On the Razzle (January 3, 1986)
  • (January 14, 1986)
  • Heartbreak House (January 24, 1986)[56]
  • Einstein on the Beach: The Changing Image of Opera (January 31, 1986)[56]
  • The Cotton Club Remembered (February 7, 1986)
  • Irving Berlin's America (March 7, 1986)
  • Follies in Concert (March 14, 1986)
  • Cavalleria Rusticana (March 21, 1986)
  • Bernstein Conducts Haydn's Mass in Time of War (March 28, 1986)
  • Elektra (April 11, 1986)
  • Early Days (April 18, 1986)
  • Choreography by Jerome Robbins with the New York City Ballet (May 2, 1986)
  • Grown Ups by Jules Feiffer (May 9, 1986)[56]
  • Boxes: With the Sydney Dance Company (May 16, 1986)
  • Bernstein on Brahms: Reflections and Performance (May 23, 1986)

Season 14 (1986–87)Edit

Season 15 (1987–88)Edit

Season 16 (1988–89)Edit

Season 17 (1989–90)Edit

Season 18 (1990–91)Edit

Season 19 (1991–92)Edit

Season 20 (1992–93)Edit

Season 21 (1993–94)Edit

Season 22 (1994–95)Edit

Season 23 (1995–96)Edit

Season 24 (1996–97)Edit

Season 25 (1997–98)Edit

Season 26 (1998–99)Edit

Season 27 (1999–2000)Edit

Season 28 (2000–01)Edit

Season 29 (2001–02)Edit

Season 30 (2002–03)Edit

Season 31 (2003–04)Edit

Season 32 (2004–05)Edit

Season 33 (2005–06)Edit

Season 34 (2006–07)Edit

Season 35 (2007–08)Edit

Season 36 (2008–09)Edit

Season 37 (2009–10)Edit

Season 38 (2010–11)Edit

Season 39 (2011–12)Edit

Season 40 (2012–13)Edit

Season 41 (2013–14)Edit

Season 42 (2014–15)Edit

Season 43 (2015–16)Edit

Season 44 (2016–17)Edit

Season 45 (2017–18)Edit

Season 46 (2018–19)Edit

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