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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, Tuesday, July 7, from the comfort of your couch for free (or at very low cost).
OSL: Bach at Home 2020
At noon ET, every summer, the Orchestra of St. Luke's presents a month-long series of Bach concerts. This year the group brings the fest online with recordings of orchestral, chamber and solo performances released every Tuesday through July 14. Today's lineup includes an adaptation of The Goldberg Variations for the chamber ensemble and pianist Pedja Muzijevic performing Bach Family Album. Watch for free on OSL's website.
Live with Carnegie Hall: Michael Feinstein: It's De-Lovely: The Songs of Cole Porter
At 2 p.m. ET, Carnegie Hall welcomes the master of the American Songbook, pianist and singer Michael Feinstein, as he celebrates Cole Porter whose witty and wonderful work includes the classic Broadway shows Anything Goes and Kiss Me, Kate as well as standards such as "Night and Day" and "Be a Clown." Singers Catherine Russell and Storm Large join Feinstein for this tuneful afternoon. Watch for free on Carnegie Hall's YouTube channel.
Bedlam: Entertaining Mr. Sloane
At 6:30 p.m. ET, Bedlam, a NYC theatre company lauded for its reinventions of classics (Sense & Sensibility, The Crucible), presents a live reading of Joe Orton's black comedy Entertaining Mr. Sloane about secrets, seduction and servitude. The evening kicks off with a half hour of live music. Watch for free on the company's Facebook page though donations to the Equal Justice Initiative are encouraged. This performance won't be available after-the-fact.
Café La MaMa Live: La MaMa Moves! Online
At 7 p.m. ET, go avant-garde with La MaMa as the Off-Off institution presents a quartet of digital dance works in progress by choreographers Kevin Augustine, Kari Hoaas, Anabella Lenzu and Tamar Rogoff. The pieces will be performed live and the finalized versions will premiere at La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival Online later this summer. Watch for free on La MaMa's website though donations are encouraged.
The Metropolitan Opera: Il Trovatore
At 7:30 p.m. ET, the Metropolitan Opera shares a gem from its vaults: its 1988 mounting of Verdi's Il Trovatore featuring the late, great Luciano Pavarotti as Manrico, the emotional troubadour. Éva Marton, Dolora Zajick, and Sherrill Milnes costar, and James Levine conducts. Watch for free for 23 hours after the start time on the Metropolitan Opera's website. You can still stream yesterday's opera, La Bohème, until 6:30 p.m. ET today.
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. Tonight you can stream:
Ben Stiller on Stars in the House
At 8 p.m. ET, Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley welcome Ben Stiller to Stars in the House. Although he's a bona fide movie star and Broadway baby (he appeared in The House of Blue Leaves on the Rialto...twice!), he and his sister Amy will talking about their legendary late parents: longtime comedy partners Anne Meara, who died in 2015, and Jerry Stiller, who passed away two months ago. Expect hilarious and touching stories, artifacts and live music. Watch for free on YouTube though donations to The Actors Fund are encouraged.
Aye Defy: The Woods
At 8 p.m. ET, actor and producer Mirirai Sithole founded Aye Defy, which presents live events benefiting various charities. Tonight the org kicks off its Kilroys Series, which showcases promising but under-produced scripts by woman, trans and nonbinary playwrights, with Jahna Ferron-Smith's The Woods, about how Black people are forced to navigate an America not made for them. Colette Robert directs an up-and-coming cast, including Nicholas Braun from Succession, Jasmine Carmichael from Sneaky Pete and Andre Braugher's son Michael Braugher. Tickets start at $5 and proceeds go to Urban Creators and The Kilroys. This performance won't be available after-the-fact.
Legendary: A Ghost Rock Story
At 8 p.m. ET, the four-day Allen & Gray Musical Festival kicks off with a live online reading of Legendary: A Ghost Rock Story about four female rockers in different stages of life trying to balance their personal and professional responsibilities. Tickets are $10 and proceeds go to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Broadway for Racial Justice. This performance won't be available after-the-fact.
The Mint Theater's Summer Stock Streaming Festival
Off Broadway's esteemed Mint Theater Company, which has been resurrecting 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 morals The New Morality and Hazel Ellis's suspenseful comedy 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.
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Top image: Ben Stiller