Watch a sneak preview of "Our Time" from Stephen Sondheim's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, performed by Cheyenne Jackson, Benjamin Walker, Sherie Rene Scott, Laura Osnes and Montego Glover for the 2012 PBS Special "From Dust To Dreams." Click below to watch footage from the performance!
A legendary line-up of talent from the worlds of music, television, stage and screen join together for an unprecedented night of entertainment in "From Dust To Dreams: Opening Night at The Smith Center For The Performing Arts" in Las Vegas, set to air on PBS on Friday September 21st at 9pm ET/PT.
This historic television event will be hosted by Emmy Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris and will feature performances by Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson, country superstars Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris and Martina McBride, iconic singer-songwriter Carole King, trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, world renowned classical violinist Joshua Bell, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Member John Fogerty, Gospel great Mavis Staples, Train lead singer Pat Monahan, and American Ballet Theater dancers Marcello Gomes and Luciana Paris.
"From Dust To Dreams" will showcase never-before-seen duets and artist collaborations: Train's Pat Monahan takes the stage with Martina McBride for their first-ever performance of "A Song for You." Mavis Staples teams with Carole King for their performance of the timeless classic "You've Got a Friend." In a powerhouse trio of talents brought together for the first time, Jennifer Hudson takes the stage with Martina McBride and Carole King for an unforgettable performance of "Natural Woman." Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard prove once again why they are country music royalty with their rendition of "Pancho & Lefty." Later, they are joined by Emmylou Harris for a special version of Haggard's classic "Ramblin' Fever."
The world of Broadway is represented by Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell (Kiss Me Kate, Man of La Mancha, Ragtime), Laura Osnes (Grease, South Pacific, Anything Goes), Cheyenne Jackson (television's Glee, 30 Rock and Broadway's Finian's Rainbow, All Shook Up), Sherie Rene Scott (Aida, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Little Mermaid, Women on the Verge), Montego Glover (Memphis, Color Purple) and Benjamin Walker (Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, Inherit the Wind).
"From Dust To Dreams: Opening Night at the Smith Center For The Performing Arts" is produced by 15-time Emmy winner George Stevens, Jr. and directed and produced by four-time Emmy winner Michael Stevens from The Stevens Company.
From Dust To Dreams: Opening Night at The Smith Center For The Performing Arts is part of the ongoing, multi-platform "PBS Arts" initiative, which highlights PBS's commitment to the performing and visual arts, and gives millions of viewers a front-row seat and a backstage pass for the best music, theater, dance, art, and cultural history programs on-air and online. For more information, visit www.pbs.org/arts.