Live From Lincoln Center

Disney dreams -- and Broadway stardom -- do come true ... eventually


By Mike Hughes

The world, we're
told, is full of little girls with Disney dreams.

A few do star in
Disneyland, then retreat to non-glitter lives. One eventually
conquered Broadway.

Josh Bell found it all -- classical music, tennis, sex studies -- in Indiana


You find interesting things in Indiana, including the former farms of Bill Monroe, Larry Bird and Cole Porter. Really. And in Bloomington, you'll find the musical roots of everyone from John Mellencamp to Joshua Bell. Bell, who has a PBS special Friday (Dec. 16) is an interesting guy; here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

Beyond the glitter: Vanessa Williams visits a Broadway classic


A lot of different version of Vanessa Williams have flashed past us in the past three decades, from pop to jazz, from comfort to controversy. In a close-up concert and interview, however, she comes across as a skillful jazz and ballad singer and a serious theater pro. Now her "Show Boat" reaches PBS on Friday (Oct. 16); here's the story I sent to papers:

 

By Mike Hughes

Annie Lennox brings true Americana ... by way of Scotland


In person or in concert, Annie Lennox is a stunning talent. She performed for the Television Critics Association with a stripped-down band ... even improvising by using her hand as a "hand harp," to replace a guitar solo; then she recorded a stunning PBS concert with full band. Either way, her voice delivered jazz classics beautifully. That PBS special is 10 p.m. Friday (April 3); here's the story I sent to papers:

By MIKE HUGHES

Small-town Southerner conquers Broadway; PBS is next


Trust me on this: Patina Miller is one terrific singer. In January, I heard her soar effortlessly from Broadway to jazz and beyond; now she'll do that Friday (March 28) on "Live From Lincoln Center." It's been a busy time for someone who's just a decade removed from small-town South Carolina. Here's the story I sent to papers:


 

By MIKE HUGHES

For Audra McDonald, the New York dreams came true


Amazing things happen when Audra McDonald steps to the microphone. She flawlessly ranges from Broadway to classical, from whimsical or deeply emotional. Now she has a PBS concert special Friday; here's the story I sent to papers:

By MIKE HUGHES

Growing up a continent away, Audra
McDonald was sure she wanted to be in New York. She wanted to be on
Broadway and on the Lincoln Center stages.