Great Performances


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About

Great Performances, a television series devoted to the performing arts, has been telecast on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) public television since 1972. The show is produced by WNET in New York City.

Who talked about this show

Kirk Browning

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Kirk Browning on directing on Great Performances

Susan Lacy

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Susan Lacy on working on Great Performances for Jac Venza
Susan Lacy on some of her favorite Great Performances and what she learned from the experience

Jac Venza

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Jac Venza on the creation of Great Performances
Jac Venza on the logistics of getting cameras, lights, and sound equipment in theaters to tape Great Performances; on sponsorship by Exxon and Texaco
Jac Venza on programming and choosing plays for Great Performances
Jac Venza on the challenges of making a stage performance compelling for television audiences on shows like Great Performances
Jac Venza on developing new techniques for filming dance on Great Performances: Dance in America
Jac Venza on bringing George Balanchine's ballet to the Grand Ole Opry on Great Performances: Dance in America
Jac Venza on tracing the history of dance on Great Performances: Dance in America
Jac Venza on his role as producer of Great Performances
Jac Venza on commissioning new operas like "Nixon in China" by John Adams for Great Performances
Jac Venza on dealing with corporate sponsorship for Great Performances
Jac Venza on producing "Itzhak Perlman: Fiddling for the Future" and "Itzhak Perlman: In the Fiddler's House" for Great Performances (for which he won an Emmy)
Jac Venza on bringing musical theater productions by Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber to Great Performances

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