Six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald hosts New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve: Bernstein on Broadway, a centennial tribute to the late, award-winning composer Leonard Bernstein. The celebration airs on PBS stations around the country December 31.
Joining the famed orchestra are four Broadway favorites: Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford (Kinky Boots, Sunday in the Park with George), Tony nominee Christopher Jackson (Hamilton), Tony nominee Laura Osnes (Bandstand, Cinderella), and Aaron Tveit (Next to Normal)
Bramwell Tovey leads members of the New York Philharmonic.
The program continues the Philharmonic’s celebrations of its laureate conductor’s 100th birthday year. Audiences and viewers can expects songs from Bernstein’s On the Town, Wonderful Town, West Side Story, and Candide.
The concert will be telecast nationally as part of the Live From Lincoln Center series at 9 PM ET; check local listings.
During the day on December 31, audiences can go behind the scenes on Lincoln Center’s Facebook page where performers from the concert will invite them to delve into Bernstein’s legacy through treasures from the exhibition Leonard Bernstein at 100, currently on view at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
At intermission of the PBS broadcast, McDonald will guide TV viewers through a retrospective look at the composer and conductor with material from the New York Philharmonic Archives about his life and works performed in the concert.
From On the Town to West Side Story: Celebrate the Work of Leonard Bernstein
(Updated December 31, 2017)