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Great Performances: Much Ado About Nothing

Friday, Nov. 22 at 9 p.m. — Public Theater's production with an all-black cast.


Great Performances: Much Ado About Nothing

More About Great Performances: Much Ado About Nothing

For the first time in over four decades, Great Performances presents a Public Theater production recorded live at Free Shakespeare in the Park. This bold interpretation of Shakespeare’s comedic masterpiece features Danielle Brooks (“Orange is the New Black,” Broadway’s “The Color Purple”) and Grantham Coleman (“Buzzer,” “The Americans”) as the sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick. Tony Award winner Kenny Leon (“American Son,” “A Raisin in the Sun”) directs with choreography by Tony Award nominee Camille A. Brown (“Choir Boy”).

Set in contemporary Georgia with an election race underway, Great Performances: Much Ado About Nothing finds the community of Messina celebrating a break from an ongoing war, but not all is peaceful amid the merriment. Former rivals battle it out, revenge is sought and trickery runs amok in this timeless comedy of romantic retribution and miscommunication. Earning a New York Times Critic’s Pick, the play was recorded during its final weekend of Free Shakespeare in the Park performances, June 22-23, 2019.

More About "Broadway's Best"

Great Performances returns with its third annual “Broadway’s Best” collection of acclaimed theatrical productions. This year’s lineup includes the musical classics 42nd Street and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, the Broadway blockbuster Kinky Boots featuring music by Cyndi Lauper, Red starring Alfred Molina as painter Mark Rothko, and a modern interpretation of Much Ado About Nothing from Shakespeare in the Park. WGBY Passport members can view the entire Great Performances “Broadway’s Best” collection beginning November 1.

Broadway’s Best
Great Performances
Fridays, Nov. 1 – 29 at 9 p.m.

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