PBS Broadcast of Wonderful Town Concert Canceled

News   PBS Broadcast of Wonderful Town Concert Canceled PBS stations around the country will not air the "Great Performances" concert of Wonderful Town as previously announced.

The concert, which featured Audra McDonald, Kim Criswell, Thomas Hampson and Brent Barrett, was originally scheduled for broadcast Dec. 22 at 9 PM. A "Great Performances" spokesperson told Playbill On-Line, "We got the show from EuroArts, [but] they didn't have all the U.S. rights. That show was done last year on New Year's Eve in Berlin — it's with the Berlin Philharmonic. So, we took it on, only to find out that we didn't have all the American rights." In its place PBS will offer two encore presentations: "Bocelli: Sacred Arias" will air at 9 PM, followed by "Elton John at the Royal Opera House" at 10 PM.

Those needing a Wonderful Town fix, however, can visit the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, where the new revival of the classic Leonard Bernstein-Betty Comden-Adolph Green musical is now in previews. Two time Tony Award winner Donna Murphy heads the cast of that production. Wonderful Town, of course, is based on the popular book and hit play My Sister Eileen and recounts the adventures of two Ohio sisters who arrive in New York in Greenwich Village in the 1930's. The score features such tunes as "Ohio," "One Hundred Easy Ways," "A Little Bit in Love," "A Quiet Girl" and "It's Love."