Great Performances – “Andrea Bocelli: Cinema” The Dolby Theater, 6801 Hollywod Blvd., Hollywood, CA September 17, 2015

Great Performances – Andrea Bocelli: Cinema

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Great Performances Andrea Bocelli: Cinema

Friday, March 10 at 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 12 at 3:30 p.m. 

David Foster, Ariana Grande, and Nicole Scherzinger, as well as  film stars John Travolta, Ali MacGraw, Ryan O’Neal, & Andy Garcia join the acclaimed tenor at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater

 The international superstar tenor lends his unique voice to a lush symphonic salute to the movies, Andrea Bocelli: Cinema, celebrating some of the greatest celluloid songs and scores of all time written by a varied range of Italian and Hollywood composers. The concert special also reunites Bocelli with legendary music producer David Foster, whose first collaboration with the tenor was Foster’s own Academy Award-nominated song “The Prayer,” a duet with Celine Dion in 1999.

The songs in this new concert – many from Oscar-winning scores – are also featured on Bocelli’s new album Cinema which will be released globally on October 23 on Sugar Music/Universal Music Group and Verve Music Group in the USA. These cinematic songs are etched in the culture and hearts of several generations including epic theme songs featured in films such as “Doctor Zhivago,” “Love Story,” “The Godfather,” “Life is Beautiful,” “Il Postino,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and many more, as well as popular songs from stage musicals, immortalized by their film versions, such as “West Side Story” and “Evita.” As a special bonus, there’s a brand new song fashioned from the popular “Gladiator” score.

Hollywood luminaries John Travolta, Ryan O’Neal, Ali MacGraw, and Andy Garcia join Bocelli onstage to speak about the films from which the songs derive.

The special airs on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances Friday, November 27 at 9 p.m. (check local listings) as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival.

Bocelli has said he believes film music is “an exceptional artistic treasure trove.” His legendary voice, backed by fresh arrangements, brings new life to some of the greatest musical masterpieces for film by legendary composers from Leonard Bernstein to Ennio Morricone.

Bocelli sings in five different languages (Italian, French, Spanish, English and Sicilian) and, through the magic of digital wizardry, partners in a virtual duet with global superstar Ariana Grande on the heart wrenching duet “E più ti penso” from “Once Upon A Time in America”/ “Malena,” and in person with Nicole Scherzinger on the epic musical anthem “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” from “Evita.”

Filmed at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland on September 18, the broadcast is tentatively scheduled to include:


Maria from “West Side Story”

Lyrics by Leonard Bernstein – Stephen Sondheim

Music by Leonard Bernstein

Se from “Cinema Paradiso”

Music by Ennio Morricone – Andrea Morricone

Moon River from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

Lyrics by Johnny Mercer

Music by Henry Mancini


Cheek to Cheek duet with Veronica Berti from “Top Hat”

Lyrics and Music by Irving Berlin

Italian Lyrics by Andrea Bocelli

Be My Love from “The Toast of New Orleans”

Lyrics by Sammy Cahn

Music by Nicholas Brodszky

E più ti penso (virtual duet with Ariana Grande) from “Once Upon a Time in America”

Lyrics by Mogol – Tony Renis

Music by Ennio Morricone

Brucia La Terra from “The Godfather”

Lyrics by Kaballà

Music by Giovanni “Nino” Rota

La Chanson De Lara from “Doctor Zhivago”

Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster

Music by Maurice Jarre

French Lyrics by Ithier Hubert

Mi Mancherai from “Il Postino”

Lyrics by Marco Marinangeli

Music by Luis Bacalov – Riccardo Del Turco – Paolo Margheri

Historia De Amor from “Love Story”

Music by Francis Lai

English Lyrics by Carl Sigman

Spanish Lyrics by Marilena Amarai

Por Una Cabeza from “Scent of a Woman”

Lyrics by Alfredo Le Pera

Music by Carlos Gardel

No Llores Por Mí Argentina duet with Nicole Scherzinger from “Evita”

Lyrics and Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber – Tim Rice

Spanish Lyrics by Ignacio Artime – Jaime Azpilicuieta Perez

The Music of the Night from “The Phantom of the Opera”

Lyrics by Charles Hart – Richard Stilgoe

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

L’amore È Una Cosa Meravigliosa from “Love is a Many Splendored Thing”

Lyrics and Music by Paul Webster – Sammy Fain

Italian Lyrics by Alberto Curci

Sorridi Amore Vai from “La vita è bella” with The Adderley School for the Performing Arts Children’s Choir

Lyrics by Noa – Gil Dor

Music by Nicola Piovani

Italian Lyrics by Roberto Benigni

Nelle Tue Mani (Now We Are Free) from “Gladiator”

Music by Lisa Germaine Gerrard – Klaus Badelt – Hans Florian Zimmer

Italian adaptation by Matteo Curallo


The concert was arranged for Bocelli’s extraordinary voice by musical director David Foster. Bocelli’s prior Great Performances specials have consistently been some of PBS’ most popular concert performances, including Andrea Bocelli Live in Central Park and Andrea Bocelli: Love in Portofino.