As part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival, “Hamilton’s America” — a look into the making of the Broadway phenomenon through the three-year creative process that led up to the musical’s debut — will air October 21 and the musical’s star, Miranda, will host the 2016 festival.
“The PBS Arts Fall Festival spotlights some of the best of the arts across our great country. For this sixth annual Festival, I am thrilled to announce that Lin-Manuel Miranda will be our host,” PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger said in a statement. “I truly admire how Lin-Manuel Miranda has redefined the musical genre, inviting audiences to explore our nation’s history in groundbreaking new ways. As our host, I know that he will bring tremendous creative energy and help us attract new audiences to this year’s festival.”
“I’m such a huge fan of PBS,” Miranda said in a statement. “For my entire life it’s been our window into a world of the arts that isn’t available anywhere else on TV. 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.”
As previously announced, the special will have 15 minutes of performances pulled from the live production itself.
“The thing about ‘Hamilton’ that was significant was that they started following this production very early on,” Kerger said during her press conference at PBS’ TCA press tour. “It’s such an interesting and compelling piece of art, we were hopeful we’d be able to do something.”
“The thing that I love about ‘Hamilton’ is that it doesn’t just change the way you think about the Broadway musical,” she added. ‘It’s a cultural treasure that will go down in Broadway history. But I also love how it has touched kids. One of my colleagues was just telling me that her two daughters have been talking a lot about the election because of what they learned in ‘Hamilton.'”
The PBS Arts Fall Festival will also include new programs from “Great Performances” — including a look at “Gypsy,” the Olivier Award-winner from Stephen Sondeheim and Jule Styne — as well as “Live From Lincoln Center,” highlighted by “Lang Lang’s New York Rhapsody,” a love letter from renowned pianist Lang to the city he calls home.
PBS will also air “Bill Murray: The Mark Twain Prize,” a salute to the Emmy-award winning actor as he becomes the 19th recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.