The Best of the Arts | 2016 PBS Arts Fall Festival

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The Nine Network believes the arts enrich the human spirit, create vibrant and healthy communities and should be available to everyone—regardless of their circumstances—to experience and enjoy. So, every fall, we give you a front-row seat, and behind the scenes look, at classic Broadway hits, music, dance and theater.

This year, the 2016 PBS Arts Fall Festival kicks off with a special on the making of the Broadway phenomenon, “Hamilton.” The show’s Tony- and Grammy Award winning creator and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, will host this year’s festival.

“I'm such a huge fan of PBS. For my entire life it’s been our window into a world of the arts that isn’t available anywhere else on TV,” says Lin-Manuel Miranda. "This year’s PBS Arts Fall Festival lineup is incredible, and I am excited to not only host the festival, but have Hamilton’s America kick it off.”

Great Performances:
Hamilton’s America
October 21, 8:00 p.m.

This “hip-hop-historical” documentary gives viewers a look at Miranda and his colleagues’ creative process during the three years leading up to the Broadway opening of the record-breaking musical winner of 11 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize. “Hamilton” is a musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

Bill Murray: The Mark Twain Prize
October 28, 9:00 p.m.

Writer, actor and comedian Bill Murray will be presented the Kennedy Center’s annual Mark Twain Prize in a star-studded show filled with fun and laughter.

Lincoln Center at the Movies:
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Friday, November 4, 9:00 p.m. 

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the most popular dance companies in the world, performs works that reflect the company’s spectacular range, diversity and artistry, culminating in a performance of its beloved signature work, Revelations.

Great Performances: Gypsy
Friday, November 11, 9:00 p.m. ​

Enjoy London’s West End revival of the 1959 American musical Gypsy, staring Imelda Staunton, which casts an affectionate eye on the hardships of show business.

Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs
Friday, November 18, 10:00 p.m. ​

The award-winning television and Broadway star brings down the house with his acclaimed cabaret show.

Live from Lincoln Center:
Lang Lang’s New York Rhapsody
Friday, November 25, 8:00 p.m.

One of the world's greatest virtuoso pianists, Lang Lang, performs with a star-studded list of guest artists in a love letter to the city he considers his adoptive home.

Live from Lincoln Center:
Joshua Bell’s Seasons of Cuba
Friday, December 16, 9:00 p.m. 

Violinist Bell performs with the Chamber Orchestra of Havana. Bell dazzles the audience with selections of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and other classic works.

Great Performances:
Shakespeare Live! from the Royal Shakespeare Company
Friday, December 23, 9:00 ​p.m.

Theater luminaries gather to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s remarkably coincidental birth and death on April 23, featuring appearances by Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, Benedict Cumberbatch and others.