Great Performances: Much Ado About Nothing

The third annual Broadway's Best line-up consisted of 42nd Street, Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I, Red, Kinky Boots, and the much-anticipated Much Ado About Nothing from Free Shakespeare in the Park.

  • One in 40+ Years

    Much Ado About Nothing was the first time in more than four decades that Great Performances presented a Public Theater production recorded live at Free Shakespeare in the Park.

  • 10 Broadway Productions

    Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Great Performances made 17 productions available for free streaming – ten Broadway plays and musicals, in addition to concerts, dance and documentaries – for audiences to enjoy while working and learning from home.

The highest viewed Much Ado About Nothing social media video pulled in 316K viewers, a whopping 3,411% increase from the yearly video view average.

Accompanying each Broadway’s Best production this year was an “All in the Details” feature that explored the finer points in the production. Much Ado‘s focused on how director Kenny Leon added modern touches to the Shakespearean classic in hopes of communicating something contemporary and universal.

  • This Much Ado About Nothing, filmed this summer at the Shakespeare in the Park with an all-Black cast, feels fresh and fleshed-out, quick but not hurried.

    – The New York Times
  • We – meaning The A.V. Club, but also humanity in general – don’t gush about Great Performances enough. What a treasure.

    – The A.V. Club on Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I

Joseph Sinnott