PBS Announces Broadcast Dates for "Annie: It's the Hard-Knock Life" and Other Summer Programming

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02 May 2013

PBS has announced broadcast dates for its summer programming.



Of special interest to theatre fans is "Annie: It's the Hard-Knock Life, From Script to Stage," which will debut June 28 at 9 PM ET; check local listings. The one-hour program is described as such: "It’s been 35 years since the little orphan Annie first stepped onto a Broadway stage. The show-stopping musical Annie, its characters and its songs are timeless and classic, and for the musical’s return to Broadway, this documentary offers a memorable behind-the-scenes look at every step of the production number 'It’s the Hard-Knock Life,' from the earliest phases of discussion among the creative team, rehearsals with actors, to opening night." The revival of the family favorite continues at Broadway's Palace Theatre.

"A Capitol Fourth," the annual Independence Day celebration, will air July 4 at 8 PM ET. The 90-minute broadcast, which will be hosted by Tom Bergeron (“Dancing With the Stars”), is a "musical and fireworks extravaganza, which has become America’s favorite birthday party. With 20 cameras positioned around the city, viewers at home are front-and-center for the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation."

On July 26 at 9 PM ET, PBS will offer "Dancing at Jacob’s Pillow: Never Stand Still." Filmed at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, MA, the film, according to press notes, "features thrilling performances and revelatory conversations with renowned choreographers and dancers, including Judith Jamison, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Suzanne Farrell and Frederic Franklin, as well as one of the last interviews with the iconic Merce Cunningham. Narrated by acclaimed choreographer Bill T. Jones, the film interweaves the story of Jacob’s Pillow as a generator for creativity with the history of dance in America, and features never-before-seen footage and images from the Pillow’s extensive archives, including those of dance pioneer Ted Shawn, who purchased the farm in 1931."

For more information visit PBS.org.