Featuring new interviews with the likes of Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Neil Simon, Steven Spielberg, Nathan Lane, Dustin Hoffman, Alec Baldwin, Paul Simon and others, the documentary premieres 9 PM ET Jan. 29 as part of PBS' "American Masters" series.
Nichols, who began his career with Elaine May as "Nichols and May" in a series of wildly intelligent standup routines, which they took to Broadway and recordings, died Nov. 19, 2014.
In all, he directed 27 Broadway shows, and won eight Tony Awards, most recently for directing the 2012 revival of Death of a Salesman starring Philip Seymour Hoffman. His films include "The Graduate" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" His TV projects include adaptations of the Pulitzer Prize-winning plays Wit and Angels in America.
Julian Schlossberg serves as producer. Roy Furman is executive producer.
Here is an excerpt:
And here is a behind-the-scenes interview with Julian Schlossberg featuring archival footage of Nichols and May comedy sketches not featured in the documentary: