January 7, 14, and 21, 2022
Stars on Stage on PBS
National TV broadcast of three special concerts filmed at Westport Country Playhouse.
Running Time: 60 minutes each

PBS celebrates live performances from the Playhouse stage!

Three Broadway favorites.
Three concerts at the Playhouse.
Three Friday night television specials on PBS.

Join us for “Stars on Stage from Westport Country Playhouse,” three special concerts filmed live at Westport Country Playhouse (you may have even been in the audience!), featuring three of Broadway’s most versatile and virtuosic artists performing iconic showstoppers — Shoshana Bean (Wicked, Waitress), Gavin Creel (Hello, Dolly!, The Book of Mormon), and Brandon Victor Dixon (Hamilton, The Color Purple) — telling intimate stories and dazzling audiences with an extraordinary repertoire of classic and contemporary songs.

“Stars on Stage from Westport Country Playhouse” premieres on consecutive Fridays, January 7 – 21, 2022 (check local listings) on PBS, PBS.org and the PBS Video app. (Connecticut Public Television will broadcast at 8PM EST.)

Watch the trailer below and then check out more videos and songs from the specials on PBS.org.

WATCH THE TRAILER

SEE PHOTOS FROM THE CONCERTS

   

Above photos by Carol Rosegg.

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MEET THE STARS

Gavin Creel

Friday, January 7
Gavin Creel received a Tony Award for his performance as Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly!, starring Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce. Gavin made his Broadway debut originating the role of Jimmy Smith in Thoroughly Modern Millie, for which he received his first Tony Award nomination, and has appeared on Broadway as Claude in Hair, (Tony Award nomination), and Dr. Pomatter in the Broadway and West End productions of Waitress, opposite Sara Bareilles.

Shoshana Bean

Friday, January 14
Shoshana is a veteran of the Broadway stage, having made her debut in the original cast of Hairspray, starring as the very first replacement for Elphaba in Wicked, and most recently as Jenna in Waitress. She won a IRNE Award for her performance as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl and earned a Jeff Award nomination for her portrayal of CeeCee Bloom in the pre-Broadway musical production of Beaches.

Brandon Victor Dixon

Friday, January 21
Brandon Victor Dixon, following his Emmy Award-nominated turn opposite John Legend as Judas in NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar, most recently starred in FOX’s RENTonFOX, Amazon’s “Modern Love”, and as Terry Silver on the STARZ hit “POWER.” Prior to that he starred as Aaron Burr in the cast of Hamilton on Broadway.

MEET THE TV PRODUCERS

Producer + Series Creator
Executive Producer
Executive Producer
Zara Frankel
Executive in Charge for PBS

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MEET THE CREATIVE TEAM

Andrew C. Wilk
Director "Gavin Creel"
Mary-Mitchell Campbell
Music Director "Gavin Creel"
Annette Jolles
Director "Shoshana Bean"
David Cook
Music Director "Shoshana Bean"
Annette Jolles
Director "Brandon Victor Dixon"
Michael O. Mitchell
Music Director "Brandon Victor Dixon"

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“We have assembled an incredible lineup for the series, which features three leading voices of musical theatre in a beautifully intimate setting. Gavin Creel, Shoshana Bean and Brandon Victor Dixon light up the stage of Westport Country Playhouse, and we can’t wait for millions of viewers to experience their phenomenal talents on the singular platform that is PBS,” said Series Creator and Executive Producer Andrew C. Wilk.

“PBS is delighted to celebrate the return of musical performance with these three new concert specials,”  “There’s nothing quite like the excitement of live performance and sharing that experience has always been central to our mission, now more than ever. As America’s largest stage, PBS is thrilled to offer viewers front-row seats to these concerts as part of our ongoing commitment to the arts.” Director, PBS Programming and Development Zara Frankel.

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Thanks to our sponsors!

Support for the television series “Stars on Stage from Westport Country Playhouse” is generously provided by Roz and Bud Siegel, Judy and Scott Phares, Eunice and David Bigelow, Kate and Bob Devlin, Anna Czekaj-Farber, Joyce Hergenhan, Mary Ellen and Jim Marpe, Christian J. and Eva Trefz, and Stacy and Howard Bass.

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January 7, 14, and 21, 2022
Stars on Stage on PBS
National TV broadcast of three special concerts filmed at Westport Country Playhouse.
Running Time: 60 minutes each
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