Oscar

AMERICAN MASTERS
Mike Nichols


 

Winner of an Oscar, a Grammy, four Emmys, nine Tonys, and many other awards, director, actor, writer, producer and comedian Mike Nichols (1931 – 2014) was an artistic trailblazer. As the legendary comedy duo Nichols and May, Nichols and his partner Elaine May revolutionized comedy in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Nichols discusses his life and 50-year artistic career, including The Graduate, Catch-22, Angels in America, and Charlie Wilson’s War. The program is directed by Elaine May and features interviews with Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Dustin Hoffman, Alec Baldwin, Paul Simon and others.

 

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Kern & Hammerstein’s Show Boat

 

This groundbreaking musical redefined entertainment and changed the face of American theater. Spanning the years from 1880 to 1927, Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s lyrical masterpiece concerns the lives, loves and heartbreaks of three generations of show folk on the Mississippi River, in Chicago and on Broadway. The musical’s impact remains unparalleled, addressing racial prejudice, and introduced a bi-racial cast to Broadway at its premiere while also pointing the way toward a new synthesis between music and spectacle. This New York Philharmonic production features an all-star cast led by Vanessa Williams and Downton Abbey’s Julian Ovenden, with Norm Lewis, Jane Alexander, Fred Willard and Lauren Worsham. The Philharmonic’s full sound highlights the lush musical score at the center of this epic show.