Dates have been announced for the programs that comprise the 2016 PBS Arts Fall Festival, which will be hosted by Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda and include broadcasts of Hamilton's America, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs, the recent London revival of Gypsy and more.
“PBS is thrilled to unveil the full lineup and air dates for the 2016 PBS Arts Fall Festival,” stated Beth Hoppe, chief programming executive and general manager of general audience programming for PBS. “The quality and variety of programs that compose this year’s festival, from Broadway performances to comedic tributes and cabaret acts, will keep viewers coming back to PBS every Friday night this fall.”
As previously announced, Hamilton's America, from “Great Performances,” will launch the PBS Arts Fall Festival October 21 at 9 PM ET (check local listings). The full festival lineup, featuring descriptions from PBS, follows:
Friday, October 21, 9 PM-10:30 PM ET
GREAT PERFORMANCES follows the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pop culture Broadway phenomenon Hamilton and the history behind it. Interviews with Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, Nas, Questlove, Stephen Sondheim and more.
BILL MURRAY: THE MARK TWAIN PRIZE
Friday, October 28, 9 PM-10:30 PM ET
Celebrate beloved actor and comedian Bill Murray, the latest recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. From the stage of The John F. Kennedy Center, a star-studded lineup salutes the achievements of the comedic trailblazer.
ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER
Friday, November 4, 9 PM-11 PM EDT
Join LINCOLN CENTER AT THE MOVIES as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre showcases its spectacular range, diversity and artistry in this special presentation, which includes the company’s signature work, Revelations, along with three other pieces.
Friday, November 11, 9 PM-midnight ET
GREAT PERFORMANCES presents Imelda Staunton as the indomitable Momma Rose in London’s hit revival of Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical Gypsy about stripper Gypsy Rose Lee’s rise to fame. With Peter Davison and Lara Pulver.
ALAN CUMMING SINGS SAPPY SONGS
Friday, November 18, 9 PM-10 PM ET
Get out your tissues and experience what The New York Times called “an emotional firestorm” as the award-winning television and Broadway star brings down the house with his acclaimed cabaret show.
LANG LANG’S NEW YORK RHAPSODY
Friday, November 25, 9 PM-10:30 PM ET
Watch as internationally acclaimed pianist Lang Lang performs a love letter to New York in this LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER special, featuring music from Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Danny Elfman, Lou Reed, Alicia Keys, Don Henley and more.
JOSHUA BELL’S SEASONS OF CUBA
Friday, December 16, 9 PM-10 PM ET
Witness world-famous, Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell lead a LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER event with musicians from America and Cuba, building a bridge between cultures and artistry.
SHAKESPEARE LIVE! FROM THE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY
Friday, December 23, 9 PM-11 PM ET
On the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, GREAT PERFORMANCES presents the RSC’s star-studded gala. With David Tennant, Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Joseph Fiennes, John Lithgow, Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, David Suchet and many more.