GREAT PERFORMANCES: Harry Connick, Jr. In Concert On Broadway on WXXI-TV

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Harry Connick, Jr. In Concert On Broadway on WXXI-TV

Wed, 03/02/2011 - 9:30pm

Pictured: Harry Connick Jr.

Credit: Courtesy of Jake Landis/PBS

Harry Connick, Jr. returns to the Main Stage with a roster of favorites, performed in his trademark New Orleans style.

Twenty years after dazzling audiences in his first solo Broadway concert early in his career, three-time Grammy Award-winner Harry Connick, Jr. returned to the stage in GREAT PERFORMANCES: Harry Connick, Jr. In Concert On Broadway airing Wednesday, March 2 at 9:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011).

Taped in July of 2010 at New York’s Neil Simon Theater, Harry Connick, Jr. In Concert On Broadway features Connick’s big band and a 12 piece string section, with the star on both a Steinway grand and upright honky-tonk piano. Variety raved, “Connick, in concert, packs such dynamite that those ‘Jersey Boys’ across the street seem positively sedate.”

Backed by a cadre of top flight musicians, including trombonist Lucien Barbarin, Connick performs an infectious mix of evergreen standards, original compositions, and New Orleans street music, all arranged and orchestrated by Connick.

Stephen Holden in The New York Times enthused about the “joyful noise that had the audience stomping and cheering. It was the next best thing to Mardi Gras…”

 

Song List

Act 1

We Are In Love

The Way You Look Tonight

Bésame Mucho

The Other Hours (from “Thou Shalt Not”)

Nowhere in Love

How Insensitive

Come By Me

Medley: My Time of Day / I’ve Never Been in Love Before

All the Way

 

Act 2

Bayou Maharajah

Hear Me in the Harmony

Light the Way (from “Thou Shalt Not”)

St. James Infirmary Blues

Take Her to the Mardi Gras (from “Thou Shalt Not”)

Bourbon Street Parade

Mardi Gras in New Orleans

 

In 2001, Harry Connick, Jr.'s made his debut as composer/arranger and lyricist for the Broadway musical, “Thou Shalt Not” (Tony nomination) and in 2006 starred in the acclaimed revival of “The Pajama Game,” for which he received Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League nominations.

Great Performances is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, the Irene Diamond Fund, Vivian Milstein, the Starr Foundation, the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Joseph A. Wilson, public television viewers and PBS.

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