PBS' "Great Performances" Series to Air Billy Joel's Movin' Out

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The award-winning Billy Joel musical Movin' Out — conceived, directed and choreographed by The Times They Are A-Changin' creator Twyla Tharp — will air on PBS stations in 2007, as part of the acclaimed "Great Performances" series.

Elizabeth Parkinson and Keith Roberts in the original Broadway production of Movin' Out.
Elizabeth Parkinson and Keith Roberts in the original Broadway production of Movin' Out. Photo by Joan Marcus

According to WNET/Thirteen's "Great Performances" 2006-2007 season brochure, the musical — which played 1,303 performances at Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre — will air on PBS some time in winter/spring 2007.

Movin' Out, which is currently touring the U.S., has yet to be filmed for the PBS broadcast. More information will be announced shortly.

The bookless show uses Joel's song lyrics and Tharp's choreography to craft a story of five friends and lovers across three decades through love, war and loss. There is no dialogue, and all songs are performed by the pianist-singer, who sings non-stop and heads an onstage band during the show.

Following a tryout at Chicago's Shubert Theatre, Movin' Out officially opened on The Great White Way Oct. 24, 2002, closing Dec. 11, 2005. The production took home Tony Awards for Best Choreography (Tharp) and Orchestrations (Joel and Stuart Malina).

For more information about the "Great Performances" series, visit www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf.

John Selya in the original Broadway production of <i>Movin' Out</i>.
John Selya in the original Broadway production of Movin' Out. Photo by Joan Marcus
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