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While in-person theatre is back in NYC, there are still wonderful shows to stream at home. Below are performances you can watch online this weekend, Friday, July 8 to Sunday, July 10, for free or at low cost.
Live from Feinstein's/54 Below: 54 Sings Broadway's Greatest Hits
On Saturday at 9:45 p.m. ET, even though Feinstein's/54 Below has reopened for in-person performances, the swanky cabaret club is continuing to stream select shows live from its stage. Tonight, catch a fresh installment of 54 Sings Broadway's Greatest Hits, cabaret impresario Scott Siegel's popular series featuring stage vets crooning beloved show tunes. Broadway regulars Rebecca Faulkenberry, Ryan Knowles and other NYC stage performers are on the lineup. Tickets are $25. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.
The Green Room 42: Caitlin Kinnunen and Isabelle McCalla in Babe!
On Sunday at 7 p.m. ET, lauded cabaret club The Green Room 42 is now streaming many of its in-person performances to at-home audiences. Tonight, catch The Prom stars Caitlin Kinnunen and Isabelle McCalla in concert. The duo played secret lovers in the Broadway musical and became BFFs during the run. This evening indulges their penchant for weirdness with eclectic show tunes, questionable arrangements of pop songs and off-the-wall banter. Tickets are $19. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.
The Fire This Time Festival
On Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. ET, since The Fire This Time Festival's founding in 2010, this event has helped launch the careers of a slew of talented Black playwrights, including Dominique Morisseau, Jocelyn Bioh, Antoinette Nwandu, Roger Q. Mason, C.A. Johnson, Charly Evon Simpson and Marcus Gardley. The fest's name is a nod to James Baldwin's seminal book The Fire Next Time, and its goal is to support the next generation of Black playwrights as they explore their ever-evolving culture. TFTT is usually presented in January, but the omicron surge pushed the event to July, with four days of 10-minute plays, the fest's signature genre. Broadway director Zhailon Levingston (Chicken & Biscuits, Tina - The Tina Turner Musical) and Tracey Conyer Lee helm the half dozen works. Can't make it in person? All performances are also being live-streamed and tickets are pay-what-you-can.
Abrons Arts Center: VITRUVIAN
Abrons Arts Center presents VITRUVIAN, a solo performance by Jerron Herman about the ways natural phenomena and history enter and live in the body. This made-for-video work shares the allegorical tale of the life cycle of the Vitruvian man as he traverses multiple hemispheres. Tickets start at $6 and the recording is viewable until Saturday, July 30.
Mosaic Theater Company: In His Hands
Washington, DC's Mosaic Theater Company is currently presenting an in-person production of In His Hands, but you can also stream a recording at home. Benjamin Benne's queer rom-com grapples with issues of love and faith as an aspiring Lutheran pastor falls for a mysterious stranger whose past may derail their relationship. José Carrasquillo directs. Tickets are $40 and the recording is viewable until Sunday, July 17. Closed captions are available.
New Ohio Theatre: Ice Factory: Trash Body Monkey House
Attention avant-garde theatre lovers: New Ohio Theatre's 29th annual, Obie-winning fest is all about emerging artists taking risks. Ice Factory invites cutting-edge NYC companies to present their latest works in progress over four days. The subjects are timely and the offerings diverse, and the second performance of each show will also be available to live-stream at home, with a recording viewable through the last day of the festival. The fest kicks off this week with Trash Body Monkey House, a devised work conceived and directed by Jen Pitt exploring the darkness underlying all comedy. Performed by women, this physical theatre piece asks, what if Molière and his minions indulged their depression? Tickets are $20 and the recording is viewable until Saturday, August 20. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.
All Arts: Julie Taymor's A Midsummer Night's Dream
All Arts presents Julie Taymor's critically acclaimed mounting of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which was recorded live on stage at Brooklyn's Theatre for a New Audience. Stage stalwarts Tina Benko, David Harewood and Max Casella lead the cast of this enchanting romantic comedy about young lovers and magical sprites crossing paths in the woods. Taymor puts her creative stamp on the Shakespeare classic, which features projections, puppets and more than a dozen children as fairies. Watch for free on All Arts' website.
PBS: A Capitol Fourth
Country star Mickey Guyton hosted the 42nd edition of this annual holiday concert at the US Capitol, and you can watch a recording this weekend. The starry lineup includes many Broadway favorites, including Tony winner Cynthia Erivo, Darren Criss and the legendary Chita Rivera. Spectacular fireworks end the evening with a bang. Watch for free until Sunday, July 17 on PBS' website.
American Songbook at NJPAC: James Monroe Iglehart
NJ PBS' American Songbook at NJPAC concert series presents James Monroe Iglehart. Beloved for his star turns in Memphis, Chicago and Hamilton, he won a Tony Award for his tour-de-force performance as the Genie in Aladdin. This hour-long cabaret features songs from his career as well as personal favorites, and was recorded live onstage earlier this year at the NJ Performing Arts Center. Musical theatre maven Ted Chapin hosts. Watch for free on NJ PBS' website.
American Songbook at NJPAC: Melissa Errico
NJ PBS' American Songbook at NJPAC concert series presents Tony nominee Melissa Errico. Known for her crystalline soprano and nuanced interpretations of songs by Stephen Sondheim and Michel Legrand, Errico has also starred in classic shows such as My Fair Lady, Finian's Rainbow and Do I Hear A Waltz? This hour-long performance features songs from her career as well as personal favorites, and was recorded live onstage earlier this year at the NJ Performing Arts Center. Musical theatre maven Ted Chapin hosts. Watch for free on NJ PBS' website.
Mint Theater Company: Conflict
Last chance! Off Broadway's esteemed Mint Theater Company, which has been unearthing forgotten plays since 1992, presents a recording of Miles Malleson's Conflict, a love triangle set in the roaring '20s, with one woman torn between two candidates for Parliament. Jenn Thompson helmed this 2018 production featuring Jeremy Beck, Henry Clarke, Graeme Malcolm, James Prendergast, Jessie Shelton, Jasmin Walker and Amelia White. Watch for free until Sunday on the Mint's website by clicking the video and entering your email address, no password required. Closed captions are available.
TheatreSquared: Miss You Like Hell
Arkansas' TheatreSquared is currently presenting an in-person production of Miss You Like Hell, but you can also watch a recording at home. Seen Off Broadway in 2018, this powerful musical by Quiara Alegría Hudes and Erin McKeown follows an undocumented Latina mother who reconnects with her estranged teenage daughter for a cross-country road trip that will determine their future. Chance encounters with eclectic characters along the way bring them closer to understanding what sets them apart, and what bonds them forever. A timely musical meditation on family. Tickets start at $25 and the recording is viewable until Sunday, July 17.
Disney+: Trevor the Musical
This musicalization of Celeste Lecesne's Oscar-winning short of the same name ran Off Broadway last fall, and now you can watch a recording on Disney+. The moving story of a theatrical 13-year-old boy grappling with his sexual orientation in 1981, Trevor the Musical is written by Dan Collins and Julianne Wick Davis, who previously adapted another landmark LGBTQ movie for the stage: Southern Comfort. Talented 13-year-old newcomer Holden William Hagelberger from Sugarland, Texas stars as the title character, a Diana Ross-obsessed middle schooler who goes through some really tough times before learning how to love himself. Disney+ subscribers can watch for free.
FRIGID New York: Queerly Festival
Put on your lavender-colored glasses for FRIGID New York's eighth annual Queerly Festival, a grab bag of solo shows, stand-up, improv, drag, even a ditty called Big Gay Love Story, the Musical. A broad spectrum of queer artists, including Last Comic Standing finalist Michele Balan and a Sylvia Rivera bio-play, are part of this diverse celebration of all things LGBTQIA2S+. Can't make it in person? Most performances are also being live-streamed and tickets are pay-what-you-can. Browse the calendar to see which performances pique your interest.
Raven Snook is the Editor of TDF Stages. Follow her at @RavenSnook. Follow TDF at @TDFNYC.
Top image: The Prom stars Isabelle McCalla and Caitlin Kinnunen, who are live-streaming a concert on Sunday. Photo by Deen Van Meer.