Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe in The King and I, airing on PBS Great Performances on November 8
Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe in The King and I, airing on PBS Great Performances on November 8

PBS Releases Dates for Broadway’s Best on Great Performances

As part of their series Great Performances, PBS has released the air dates for the broadcast premieres of 42nd Street, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, Red, Much Ado About Nothing, and Kinky Boots. See below for a list of complete details.

42nd Street

Airs Friday, November 1, 9:00 p.m. ET

Tap-dance along to this musical extravaganza about a starry-eyed performer who gets her big break on Broadway, set to a lively score of iconic songs including “Lullaby of Broadway,” “We’re in the Money” and the show-stopping title song.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I

Airs Friday, November 8, 9:00 p.m. ET

Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe star in a Tony Award-winning revival of the beloved musical about a British school teacher instructing the royal children of the King of Siam, featuring classic songs including “Hello, Young Lovers” and “Shall We Dance.”


Airs Friday, November 15, 9:00 p.m. ET

Experience the passion of painter Mark Rothko in this six-time Tony-winning play dramatizing Rothko’s greatest challenge, creating the murals for New York’s iconic Four Seasons restaurant. Stars Alfred Molina with Alfred Enoch as Rothko’s assistant.

Much Ado About Nothing

Airs Friday, November 22, 9:00 p.m. ET

Recorded live at The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park, this modern interpretation of Shakespeare’s romantic classic with an all-black cast features Danielle Brooks and Grantham Coleman. Directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon.

Kinky Boots

Airs Friday, November 29, 9:00 p.m. ET

Rejoice with the Tony Award-winning high-heeled hit musical with songs by pop icon Cyndi Lauper and a book by Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein about an unexpected duo that embraces their differences to create an extraordinary line of shoes.

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