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Jackie Evancho to Film Second 'Great Performances' Special for PBS

Show at historic Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles will focus on her upcoming movie-themed CD.

Singing star Jackie Evancho—who at age 12 already has a PBS special under her belt—is set to film a new show.

"The PBS special is another Great Performances special that will support Jackie’s upcoming movie-themed compact disc and is being filmed at the historic Orpheum Theater in LA," Jackie's dad, Mike Evancho, wrote in an email.

The show will be filmed at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, in Los Angeles. Tickets went on sale to the public Saturday.

The show will begin airing in time for PBS stations' August pledge drives, Evancho said. The Richland Township star's first Great Performances special often is used in PBS pledge drives.

Jackie currently is recording the CD, which will be released in September. 

Her first Great Performances special Jackie Evancho: Dream With Me in Concert, was broadcast on PBS in June 2011 to celebrate the release of her first full-length solo album.

Taped at Sarasota’s Ringling Museum of Art, the "Great Performances" concert was co-hosted by Grammy Award-winning David Foster, who produced the "Dream With Me" album.

This June's performance will be at a theater with a storied past.

"Since its February 15, 1926 opening, the Orpheum has played host to some of the most venerable names in show business—from burlesque queen Sally Rand, a young Judy Garland (as Francis Gumm) and comedian Jack Benny, to jazz greats like Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington," the theater's website states.

"The 1960s brought a completely new dimension to the theater—"rock and roll"—with performers such as Little Richard, Aretha Franklin and Little Stevie Wonder.

"In more recent years, television, film and music video stars have added another new feature to the theater’s history—location filming," the website continues. "Today, the Orpheum continues to build on its entertainment industry memories and stands ready once again to welcome live performance and many other special events to its legendary stage."

For a photo gallery of the theater, click here.

For a behind-the-scenes look at filming for the first PBS special, please click on the video above or click here.

Jim May 21, 2012 at 05:27 PM
I have to wonder why Foster isn't producing this special; in fact, I'm wondering why there seems to be so much distance between Foster and Jackie's family lately. I hope it's nothing permanent and that they can team up again, because he has been so very, very good for Jackie.

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