For December's pledge season, "Great Performances" will air another Groban special.

Vocalist Josh Groban's rapidly developing career received a major boost with his first "Great Performances" PBS program, 2002's "Josh Groban in Concert." For December's pledge season, "Great Performances" will air another Groban special.

"We're taping it at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre," confirms David Horn, the program's producer, who is based at WNET/Channel 13 in New York. "Now that Josh is one of the [genre's] premier recording and touring artists, we are tracing his artistic development and maturity. Some of the repertoire comes from the new album 'Closer,' but he also reaches into the classical world and the classic pop realm."

According to Groban's manager, Brian Avnet, the singer's reach is increasingly broad. Groban just concluded a major U.S. summer tour and is gearing up for his first European tour (set for November and December), and he is also branching out into acting.

"He got his start on [the TV show] 'Ally McBeal,'" Avnet notes, "so moving toward film is a natural step. He's up for a couple of roles right now."

"Closer" reached No. 1 on The Billboard 200 in January and has sold 3.78 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

In related news, Italian vocalist Andrea Bocelli will bring his talents to a new arena Dec. 18, when NBC televises "Andrea Bocelli Tribute on Ice." The vocalist's new pop album, "Andrea," will arrive Nov. 9 on the Philips/Sugar label.

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