One of the trademarks of public television programming is inspiring curiosity, creativity and a love of learning in viewers of all ages. So, for obvious reasons, public television took notice last year when a new Broadway musical inspired millions to delve deeply into the 200+ year old story of one of America’s founding fathers. Hamilton has enjoyed overwhelming critical and box-office success, making it virtually impossible to get a ticket. But, lucky for us, PBS is continuing in the great tradition of bringing world-class performance art into our homes. Hamilton’s America, premiering October 21 at 8pm, is a documentary that gives us intimate access to Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and his colleagues during the two years leading up to the Broadway opening of the revolutionary musical. It includes interviews, footage of the production, and cast-led expeditions to DC, Philadelphia and New York. From Broadway super fans to studious history buffs, this program promises a journey that will delight and inspire.
I hope you’ll join us for the 29th annual Wine & Food Celebration on October 22. It’s a wonderful event that helps OPT purchase and broadcast programs like Curious George, Super Why! and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood – shows that help prepare our littlest viewers for success in school and life. Get your tickets at Springfield area Andy’s Frozen Custard locations, the Brown Derby International Wine Center, or online at www.optv.org.
Thanks, as always, for making OPT a place that fuels inspiration in viewers of all ages around the Ozarks.