Sunday, March 6 at 5 p.m. – Harry Connick, Jr. In Concert On Broadway
(Rochester, NY) – 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 main stage in a roster of favorites, performed in his trademark New Orleans style. Taped in July of 2010 at New York’s Neil Simon Theater, Harry Connick, Jr. In Concert On Broadway, a Great Performance presentation, airs Sunday, March 6 at 5 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11).
The concert 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…”
Harry Connick, Jr.'s career has been studded with awards and recognition, including several multi-platinum and gold albums, an Emmy award, and a starring role in a Tony-winning Broadway musical.
His albums, which have sold over 25 million, giving him vast success on the jazz charts, and great crossover success on the pop charts, include the soundtrack to “When Harry Met Sally…” “We Are in Love,” “Come by Me,” “Harry for the Holidays,” “Only You,” and “Your Songs.” As an actor, his movie and TV roles include acclaimed performances in “Memphis Belle” (his debut), “Little Man Tate,” “Copycat,” “Independence Day,” “My Dog Skip” (voiceover), “South Pacific,” “P.S. I Love You” and “New in Town.” He also had a recurring role on “Will & Grace.”
In 2001, he 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.
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