AMERICAN SONGBOOK AT NJPAC
The New Jersey Performing Arts Center is the home of American Songbook at NJPAC. This multiple-Emmy nominated series has featured artful and inspiring performances celebrating the American Songbook. Featured stars have included James Monroe Iglehart, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Stephen Schwartz & Friends, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, Debbie Gravitte, Jim Dale, Melissa Errico, Jarrod Spector and Jessie Mueller, Catherine Russell, KT Sullivan and Jeff Harnar, Marilyn Maye, Christine Ebersole, Joshua Bell, Billy Porter, Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana, Nelly McKay, Maureen McGovern, and John Pizzarelli and his orchestra.
66th & BROADWAY
66th & Broadway, WNET’s local performing arts series, showcases New York's thriving cabaret scene. Hosted before a live audience in Lincoln Center, guests have included New York favorite and artistic director of the Mabel Mercer Foundation, KT Sullivan; Broadway composer Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, & Wonderland) & Friends (Clint Holmes, Carrie Manolakos and Adrienne Warren), Jennifer Sheehan, and 2015 Broadway World Entertainer of the Year, Mark Nadler.
HOLIDAY POPS - BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The one-hour music special Happy Holidays with the Boston Pops showcases the best of the holiday season with the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus under the music direction of Keith Lockhart. Filmed at historic Symphony Hall in Boston, the show features several special segments, including a performance by bass-baritone Justin Hopkins. Country superstar Sara Evans sings songs from her holiday album "At Christmas," and Mad Men and Broadway star Robert Morse reads "Twas the Night Before Christmas" with orchestral accompaniment. Of course, no Holiday Pops concert would be complete without the orchestra's signature rendition of Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride," a piece written expressly for the Boston Pops, and a visit from the one and only Santa Claus.
MITZI GAYNOR: RAZZLE DAZZLE - THE SPECIAL YEARS
For 10 years, Mitzi Gaynor’s annual specials captured the imagination of audiences the world over. For the first time in three decades, these Emmy winning performances have been digitally restored. New interviews with Miss Gaynor and many of her friends and admirers are included, as are the glamorous costumes of Bob Mackie, and the incredible choreography of Peter Gennaro, Robert Sidney and Tony Charmoli. BARD Entertainment produced, directed and wrote this PBS pledge, which is now available on DVD. This show also won an Emmy Award for BARD Entertainment and for the producers.
HOLIDAY IN BRYANT PARK
The annual Christmas Tree Lighting from New York’s Bryant Park is a fun-filled hour of song and skating. Featured performers and singers have included Ben Vereen, Bebe Neuwirth, Kelli O’Hara, Norm Lewis, Carolee Carmello and Barenaked Ladies. The show has also featured some of the world’s greatest skaters, including World and National champion, Todd Eldredge, National champion,Michael Weiss, Olympic Gold medalists, Sale and Pelletier, National pair champions, Ina and Zimmerman—as well as the synchronized skate team from Massachusetts, The Haydenettes.
BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS
Broadcast on WCBS, this live concert was taped for multiple years in New York’s beautiful Bryant Park and Central Park, with audiences of 15,000 and over 50,000 respectively. This star-studded show featured some of Broadway’s favorite performers singing favorite Broadway songs.
Hosted by WCBS-TV’s Dana Tyler, the show featured stars including Tony Award winners Brian Stokes Mitchell, Michael Cerveris, Sutton Foster, and Anika Noni Rose; the Disney Channel’s Christy Carlson Romano, star of stage and television Tom Wopat, Alias’ Victor Garber, Sex & the City’s Mario Cantone, Law & Order's Raul Esparza, the Radio City Rockettes, and many others. An orchestra of some of New York’s finest musicians led by Maestro Phil Reno accompanied the singers in this kick-off to New York’s summer concert season.
BROADWAY ON BROADWAY
Broadway on Broadway is the quintessential New York event. Over 50,000 spectators gather together in Times Square to get a glimpse of Broadway entertainers doing what they do best: singing and dancing. For this free concert, the streets are closed so that everyone can cram in and, literally, enjoy being on Broadway. Almost every show on the Great White Way is represented, and BARD Entertainment was proud to telecast the first live Broadway on Broadway show on WNBC.