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With in-person theatre out of commission for the foreseeable future, many companies and performers from Broadway and beyond are showcasing their work online. Below are performances you can watch today, Monday, July 6, from the comfort of your couch for free (or at very low cost).
Reykjavik Fringe Festival: The Pink Hulk: One Woman's Journey to Find the Superhero Within
At 1:30 p.m. ET, three-time cancer survivor Valerie David (who's currently kicking the disease's ass yet again) performs excerpts from her autobiographical solo show The Pink Hulk: One Woman's Journey to Find the Superhero Within. Although it's about her specific ongoing health battles, the show's message of hope and resilience packs a powerful punch for all of us right now. Stick around for a Q&A with David after the performance. Register in advance in order to get the free viewing link.
The Seth Concert Series: Melissa Errico
At 3 p.m. ET, apparently, hosting a daily talk show online and a SiriusXM Satellite Radio series isn't enough for the multitalented Seth Rudetsky. Well-known for his skills as a pianist, musical director and interviewer, he's hosted a series of intimate live concerts in Provincetown with Broadway stars for the past decade. This summer he brings the show online, and this week's headliner is Tony nominee Melissa Errico, known for her crystalline soprano and nuanced interpretations of songs by Sondheim and Michel Legrand. Rudetsky is a master at getting divas to dish and Errico is sure to tell stories about her career, her life as a New York mom of three and and her many columns for The New York Times. Tickets are $25.
Dixon Place: HOT! Festival
Downtown staple Dixon Place brings its 29th annual queer culture fest online with four weeks of theatre, dance, music, readings and comedy. The celebration kicks off tonight with a pair of offerings:
The Metropolitan Opera: La Bohème
At 7:30 p.m. ET, the Metropolitan Opera shares La Bohème, Puccini's romantic tragedy about love, bromance and art. Sonya Yoncheva, Susanna Phillips, Michael Fabiano, Lucas Meachem, Alexey Lavrov and Matthew Rose star in this 2018 mounting of Franco Zeffirelli's original staging. Watch for free for 23 hours after the start time on the Metropolitan Opera's website. Bonus: You can also watch a recent Royal Opera House production of La Bohème on YouTube.
Bindlestiff Open Stage: Quarantine Edition
At 7:30 p.m. ET, run away with the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus at the troupe's weekly live-streamed variety show, hosted by adorkable ringmaster Keith Nelson. This edition's cavalcade of amazing acts includes knife-wielding comic Mark Faje, clown Mariko Iwasa, extraordinary aerialist Polly Solomon, daredevil wunderkind Hank Lightning and balancer Ermiyas Muluken. Watch for free on Bindlestiff's Facebook page though donations are encouraged.
Stars in the House: Seth's Virtual Birthday Party for James
At 8 p.m. ET, host Seth Rudetsky throws a star-studded online birthday party for his co-host and husband, James Wesley, on Stars in the House. Although the guest list is under wraps, we're sure many Broadway luminaries will be in attendance, sharing their talents to make this a memorable night. Watch for free on YouTube though donations to The Actors Fund are encouraged.
Jim Caruso's Pajama Cast Party
At 8 p.m. ET, cabaret maven Jim Caruso welcomes renowned singers and up-and-comers at Pajama Cast Party, a live-streamed version of his popular weekly Cast Party gatherings that have taken place at Birdland for years. Tonight's lineup includes jazz pianist and crooner Tony DeSare, Broadway vet Jason Graae, blues singer Ms. Blue and Lilli Passero from The Voice. . Watch for free on YouTube though tips via the Venmo app are appreciated.
Muny Magic in Your Home: Our Leading Men
At 9:15 p.m. ET, after 102 years, the shows won't go on at The Muny this summer. Thankfully, the beloved St. Louis institution is sharing some past performances from its intimate cabaret series. Tonight, enjoy a concert by four of the theatre's marvelous male headliners of recent years, as Ben Davis, Mykal Kilgore, Davis Gaines and Jay Armstrong Johnson pay tribute to iconic Muny men of the past. Watch for free on the Muny's YouTube channel.
The Mint Theater's Summer Stock Streaming Festival
Off Broadway's esteemed Mint Theater Company, which has been resuscitating forgotten plays since 1992, presents a virtual festival featuring professional recordings of three full-length productions from its archives: George Kelly's domestic dramedy The Fatal Weakness, Harold Chapin's comedy of mores The New Morality and Hazel Ellis's suspenseful comedy with an all-female cast Women Without Men. Email email@example.com to receive the password to watch the shows for free on The Mint's website. The videos will remain up through Sunday, July 19. Donations are encouraged.
National Theatre: Les Blancs
London's National Theatre presents its 2016 production of Les Blancs, the final play by Lorraine Hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun) which was compiled and edited by her ex-husband Robert Nemiroff four years after her death. The 1970 drama explores the waning days of colonialism in Africa through the eyes of one family as rebels try to expel the British from their unnamed country. Examining themes of imperialism, racism, assimilation, identity and the legacy of white supremacy, it's an incredibly timely work. Watch for free until Thursday at 2 p.m. ET on the National Theatre's YouTube channel.
Stratford Festival: Antony and Cleopatra
Ontario's venerable Stratford Festival continues its Shakespeare on Film series with Antony and Cleopatra, starring Geraint Wyn Davies (Broadway's King Lear, TV cult favorite Forever Knight) and Yanna McIntosh as the Roman general and the Egyptian queen torn between love and war. Watch for free until Thursday, July 23 on the fest's YouTube channel.
Short North Stage: John & Jen
Columbus, Ohio's Short North Stage presents Jon & Jen, an early Andrew Lippa musical about Jen's relationship with the two Johns in her life: her beloved late brother, a soldier killed in the Vietnam War in the '60s, and her son, who's having trouble growing up in the '80s. The production was filmed remotely and is available to stream until Sunday. Tickets are $15.
Raven Snook is the Editor of TDF Stages. Follow her at @RavenSnook. Follow TDF at @TDFNYC.
Top image: Melissa Errico. Photo by Jenny Anderson.