"Andrea Bocelli: Cinema" Featuring Great Songs from the Silver Screen Unspools on Great Performances

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22 November 2015
Andrea Bocelli: Cinema
Photo: Courtesy of Joseph Sinnott/Thirteen Productions LLC
"Andrea Bocelli: Cinema"
Friday, November 27 at 9 p.m. on PBS
(Check your local listings)
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 Weber

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
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