“Double, Double Toil and Trouble” Comes to PBS

| October 5, 2010

This week Macbeth comes to a local PBS station near you. I have gushed about this play several times before here – and now I will again. The filmed version of this Shakespearean play about ambition, greed and madness stars Patrick Stewart (always a theater actor, but, now perhaps best known from “Star Trek: Next […]

Brian Stokes Mitchell – Like Him!

| August 16, 2010

The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “South Pacific”  is running on PBS again during their pledge weeks. Its not the Mary Martin film of 1950’s, but a musical done “in concert”, (all in character and full voice w/o sets), at Carnegie Hall. He starred as Emile the estate owner – the entire cast was great, but […]

“Passing Strange” – Spike Lee and PBS

| January 12, 2010

Yes, I love PBS.  They seem to keep the art of the “documentary” alive with their programs: American Masters, Great Performances, American Experience etc. This week, the filmed version of the play, “Passing Strange” is coming to the Great Performances series.  Spike Lee documented the last 3 days of the musical’s Broadway run (it won […]

Sam Cooke * PBS

| January 11, 2010

Coming to a local Public Television Station near you this week is a new documentary about Sam Cooke (January 1931 – December 1964). The contribution of the legendary singer/song writer will be explored in the PBS “American Masters” series “Sam Cooke: Crossing Over”. It includes some performance scenes and interviews with family and musicians to […]

“Tosca” on PBS

| December 18, 2009

“Tosca”, one of Puccini’s most popular operas is scheduled for a PBS station near you this week. (Part of the holiday special programming/fund raising, etc.) I like Puccini – “La Boheme”, (1896) “Tosca”, (1900), “Madama Butterfly”, (1904), “Turandot”, (1924). Though not really an opera person, I find his work accessible with its universal love themes, […]