March is Women’s History Month and NPT is celebrating with a new American Masters profile of Patsy Cline, premiering Monday, March 6, at 8:30 p.m. and featuring interviews with Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, Kacey Musgraves, and others. We’ll have singer Mandy Barnett, known for her stunning portrayal of Cline, in the studio for this presentation as part of our March Membership Campaign. Catch an encore of this program narrated by Rosanne Cash Sunday, March 12, at 7 p.m.
FROM PAGE AND STAGE
Cline isn’t the only woman in the spotlight this month: Writer, performer, and activist Maya Angelou is the subject of And Still I Rise, an American Masters portrait returning Thursday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. A remarkable 19th-century literary trio is the subject of our Sunday, March 26, lineup. At 8:15 p.m., Sally Wainwright’s (Last Tango in Halifax) To Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters tells the story of the women whose collective works were among some of the most controversial of their time. The program is based largely on the letters of Charlotte (Jane Eyre) and was filmed in the Yorkshire village the sisters called home. We’ll also air Wuthering Heights (cue Kate Bush), with Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley as Emily Brontë’s fiery Heathcliff and Cathy, in two parts beginning at 7 p.m. and concluding at 9:45 p.m.
The Schuyler Sisters (Angelica, Eliza, and Peggy) are among the historical figures showcased in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. Great Performances’ Hamilton’s America includes cast features, interviews with theatre legends, and visits to historical sites. The documentary airs Friday, March 3, at 8 p.m.
PREMIERES AND ENCORES
It’s not unusual to find music specials on NPT in March. Tom Jones: A Soundstage Special Event premieres Tuesday, March 14, at 7 p.m. and features the iconic singer performing with Alison Krauss. This month we also have a new Austin City Limits special, Christopher Cross and Friends—those friends being Michael McDonald, Mike Love, and guitarist Eric Johnson—premiering Thursday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. Hard-rocking sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson headline a 2016 concert in Heart: Live at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on Wednesday, March 15, at 8:30 p.m.
In September 1987, Roy Orbison was joined by Jackson Browne, T Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, J. D. Souther, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, and Jennifer Warnes for a comeback concert commemorated in Roy Orbison: Black & White Night 30. Airing Tuesday, March 7, at 7 p.m., with an encore Sunday, March 12, at 8:30 p.m., this new version of the film includes mostly unseen footage from the legendary evening. Travis Tritt’s A Man and His Guitar was recorded more recently at the Franklin Theatre. This stripped down performance airs Tuesday, March 14, at 8:30 p.m.
We’ll end this month with an evening of Latin music at the Hollywood Bowl on Great Performances. Dudamel Conducts Tangos Under the Stars with the LA Phil airs Friday, March 31, at 8 p.m. Stay tuned for Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi at 9:30 p.m. to see the host learn to dance the tango while visiting Buenos Aires.
Join us Saturday, April 1, for the Big Yellow Bird Bash at Houston Station! Wear yellow and enjoy a buffet, open bar, and dancing while supporting NPT’s educational, cultural, and civic programming. Tickets and information are available at wnpt.org/bybb.
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