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Beyond the CANVAS

Beyond the CANVAS

  • Premiered: 
    July 26, 2020
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  • Network: PBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Newsmagazine
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    A series from PBS NewsHour 
  • Subject Matter: Lifestyle
  • Tags: arts

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Plot Synopsis

Hosted by Amna Nawaz, BEYOND THE CANVAS is a four-part modern arts and culture series that features the best arts and culture reporting from PBS NEWSHOUR's CANVAS arts series. The half-hour programs feature various profiles of cultural creators from the legendary artist Bruce Springsteen to the award-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda. Each profile explores a variety of universal themes including finding your passion, making a change, creating a new world, and getting that big break. The four episodes include:

"Making Music": Making it as a musician takes talent, ambition, grit and a good bit of luck. In the first episode of Beyond the CANVAS. We sit down with icons Bruce Springsteen and Reba McEntire and talk about some of their most vulnerable moments.

"Finding Joy": What does it take to be truly happy? For many artists taking the stage or singing their heart out is what brings them the ultimate joy. They couldn't imagine doing anything else. In our second episode, we examine the emotional motivation that pushes some artists to chase their dream and leads others to decide when it's time to give it up for something else. We hear from actress Adrienne Moore on the wisdom of her father's words, Gloria and Emilio Estefan on their success in the music business and as a couple. And we hear from living legend Joan Baez on her decision to silence her voice.

"Taking the Stage": Ultimate creative bravery is putting your work on the theater stage where the audience can see it all. It takes courage and acceptance of artistic vulnerability. In this episode, we speak to some of the theater's brightest stars. Multi-talented Lin-Manuel Miranda, acclaimed actor Bryan Cranston and others share their passion for the theater.

"Movie Magic": On the Oscar Awards edition of Beyond the CANVAS, we sit down with nominees and winners to talk about their craft and commitment to storytelling. What does it take to execute a unique artistic vision? Creators behind films like BLACK PANTHER and A BEAUTIFUL MIND share secrets to their success and we hear from comedy duo Steve Martin and Martin Short.