Fridays at 9:30 pm on Ch.5.1
- Emmy and Tony Award-Winning Actress Kristin Chenoweth Debuts as Host
- Festival Headlined by Broadway Hits & Award-Winning Performers Nathan Lane, Emma Thompson, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga & More
Entering its 4th season, the PBS Arts Fall Festival returns in September with 11 weekly programs, featuring classic Broadway hits, music from around the country and a theater performance by award-winning actor Nathan Lane. PBS Arts has become a Friday night fall tradition, reaching more than 33 million viewers since its conception in 2011, and underscoring PBS’ ongoing commitment to giving audiences a front-row seat and a backstage pass to the best of the arts on-air and online. The series will be hosted by Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and accomplished singer Kristin Chenoweth beginning Friday, September 26, at 9:30 pm on Ch.5.1
In Chronological Order:
- LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Concert with the New York Philharmonic”
- AUSTIN CITY LIMITS CELEBRATES 40 YEARS
- LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER “The Nance” Starring Nathan Lane
- THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS FROM SAN FRANCISCO OPERA
- GREAT PERFORMANCES: Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE!
- MICHAEL FEINSTEIN AT THE RAINBOW ROOM
- GREAT PERFORMANCES “Cats!”
- KRISTIN CHENOWETH: COMING HOME
“PBS’ commitment to the arts, and stature as the only destination for quality arts programming on television is cemented with this fall’s robust, diverse lineup,” said PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger. “With LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER and AUSTIN CITY LIMITS both celebrating milestone 40th anniversaries, and the tremendously talented group of artists we’re bringing to viewers through the Festival, this fall’s lineup is unprecedented.”
LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Concert with the New York Philharmonic”
Friday, September 26 at 9:30-12:00 Midnight
The N.Y. Philharmonic’s acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim’s iconic musical thriller, staged in March 2014 to a sold-out crowd at Avery Fisher Hall, tells the story of the eponymous barber who, with his romantically inclined landlady, Mrs. Lovett the piemaker, seeks vengeance on what he considers a merciless world. The remarkable cast features bass-baritone Bryn Terfel in the title role and Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lovett. Audra McDonald serves as host.
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS CELEBRATES 40 YEARS
Friday, October 3 at 9:30-11:30 pm
The star-studded special celebrates the trailblazing music series, with guest hosts Jeff Bridges, Matthew McConaughey and Sheryl Crow, and features memorable moments from the show’s remarkable run, anchored by some of the brightest stars in the show’s history returning to the ACL stage. Highlights include legends Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Foo Fighters, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Gary Clark Jr., Lyle Lovett, Alabama Shakes, Buddy Guy and more.
LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER “The Nance” Starring Nathan Lane
Friday, October 10 at 9:30-12 Midnight
Nathan Lane stars in Tony Award-nominated play “The Nance.” The play tells the story of Chauncey Miles (Lane), a headline nance (a parody of a gay man) in the twilight of New York burlesque’s era, who is gay. Integrating burlesque sketches into his drama, Beane paints the portrait of a homosexual man, living and working in the secretive and dangerous gay world of 1930s New York, whose outrageous antics on the burlesque stage stand in marked contrast to his offstage life.
THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS FROM SAN FRANCISCO OPERA
Friday, October 17 at 9:30-12:30 am
This production of Porgy and Bess stars bass-baritone Eric Owens as Porgy and soprano Laquita Mitchell as Bess in the turbulent story of a disabled man, the headstrong woman he loves and the community that sustains them both – set in an African-American community on Catfish Row in coastal South Carolina – and featuring the celebrated jazz standard “Summertime.”
GREAT PERFORMANCES: Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE!
Saturday, October 24 at 9:30-10:30 pm
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga team up for a special concert from the stage of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater in New York City, performing selections from their collaborative classic jazz recording, “Cheek to Cheek.”
More Specials are Coming in October – December
MICHAEL FEINSTEIN AT THE RAINBOW ROOM
Friday, October 31 at 9:30-10:30 p.m.
Two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein headlines this all-star evening with performances by Tony winner and Emmy-nominated artist Christine Ebersole; “American Idol” sensation Jessica Sanchez; dynamic tap duo, the Manzari Brothers; Oscar-nominated June Squibb; and many more surprises from the legendary N.Y. restaurant & nightclub, where stars were born and legends perform, following its October re-opening.
Friday, November 14 at 9:30-10:30 p.m.
An up-close look at the music industry’s resilience in the digital age, from the perspective of groundbreaking artists, music label mavericks, and game-changing managers. These crucial players have shaped the music business over the past 100 years, changing pop culture in the process. Today’s artists challenge the paradigm further, taking control of their careers and sometimes shucking the system altogether to record and release music on their own. Interviews and performances from notable artists include Melissa Etheridge, The Roots’ Questlove, Sharon Jones, rising DJ/producer Steve Aoki, and many more.
GREAT PERFORMANCES “Cats!”
Friday, November 21 at 9:30 pm
One of musical theater’s biggest blockbusters returns to GREAT PERFORMANCES for an encore presentation. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats reigned over an 18-year Broadway run and unending touring productions that continue to travel the globe. Based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” Webber’s hit-filled stage version boasts musical highlights aplenty, including Elaine Paige’s return to her original role as Grizabella, the faded “glamour cat” singing the show-stopping ballad “Memory.”
KRISTIN CHENOWETH: COMING HOME
Friday, November 28 at 9:00 pm
Emmy and Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth brings it home — to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma that is — to perform music from her career. With a classically trained voice set off by a gift for acting and comedy, Chenoweth appears at a state-of-the-art theater that now bears her name, performing Broadway, television and film songs like “Popular” and “For Good” from WICKED, songs from her acclaimed performances on GLEE, and beloved music from LES MISERABLES, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and many more. Backed by a 13-piece orchestra led by Musical Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Chenoweth welcomes song and dance friends from Broadway in a program sure to be unforgettable.