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Great Performances Documentary

PBS Great Performances Documentary on Broadway Reopening to Premiere in January

It was just announced that PBS will be taking audiences behind the scenes of Broadway’s grand return in a special titled Great Performances – Reopening: The Broadway Revival. This documentary pulls the curtain back on some of Broadway’s most popular shows, revealing how the New York theater industry undertook the monumental process of turning the lights back on after its longest hiatus in history due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A music-filled, intimate production told by the people who’ve been achieving the entertainment industry’s largest comeback, Great Performances – Reopening: The Broadway Revival premieres Tuesday, January 18 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), the PBS website, and the PBS Video app as part of #PBSForTheArts.

Offering exclusive behind-the-scenes access to shows including Wicked, Aladdin, TINA – The Tina Turner Musical, Jagged Little Pill, The Phantom of the Opera, Waitress, and others, the film follows each production’s journey as cast and crew reunite, rehearse and re-stage for their long-anticipated reopening nights.

Hosted by three-time New York Emmy Award-winning journalist and host of On Stage on Spectrum News NY1, Frank DiLella, the documentary is told by Broadway stars and legends, including 2021 Tony Award winner for Best Actress in a Musical Adrienne Warren (TINA – The Tina Turner Musical), 2021 Tony Award winner for Best Actor in a Musical Aaron Tveit (Moulin Rouge! The Musical), Tony and Emmy nominee Sara Bareilles (Waitress), Michael James Scott (Aladdin), Tony nominee Elizabeth Stanley (Jagged Little Pill), Alexandra Billings (Wicked), Jawan M. Jackson (Ain’t Too Proud), Jeanna de Waal (Diana), Rachel Tucker (Come From Away), Tony nominee Andrew Rannells, Tony nominee Norm Lewis (Chicken and Biscuits), Olivier Award winner Sharon D. Clarke (Caroline, or Change), Tony winner Lea Salonga, Tony winner and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth, Tony winner Chita Rivera, Tony winner Laura Benanti, Tony winner David Rockwell and the legendary award-winning composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Great Performances remains committed to telling the survival and now revival stories of how artists have been weathering the pandemic, which we initiated last spring with our first documentary in the #PBSForTheArts campaign, Great Performances: The Arts Interrupted,” said Great Performances Executive Producer David Horn. “After this long performance shutdown, the return of Broadway is a beacon of hope for American arts and culture.”

“When Broadway reopened this past fall, our cameras were granted unprecedented access to these incredible shows and the wonderful actors who bring them to life eight times a week. This hour will take viewers on a journey even we never saw coming,” said Stu Weiss, chief creative officer at Studio City/PXL and executive producer of Great Performances – Reopening: The Broadway Revival.

A production of Emmy Award-winning marketing and original content producer Studio City/PXL, Great Performances – Reopening: The Broadway Revival is directed by Cody Williams; Stu Weiss, Frank DiLella and Williams are executive producers, Dudley Beene is co-executive producer. For Great Performances, Bill O’Donnell is series producer and David Horn is executive producer.