Read about NYC's best theatre and dance productions and watch video interviews with innovative artists
With in-person theatre still a rarity for the time being, many companies and performers from Broadway and beyond are showcasing their work online. Below are performances you can watch this Monday, May 10 and Tuesday, May 11, from the comfort of your couch for free or at low cost.
On Monday at 5 and 7 p.m. ET, iHeartDance NYC presents a pair of in-person performances on the roof of the Empire Hotel that will also be streamed to at-home viewers. The lineup includes New York City Ballet principal Gonzalo Garcia, American Ballet Theatre soloist Luciana Paris, Dance Theatre of Harlem's Ingrid Silva and Broadway's Ryan Steele performing pieces in honor of the late, great Ann Reinking. Tickets are $50 but if you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase them at a discount. Proceeds benefit dancers in need.
The Town Hall: Broadway by the Year: The Kander & Ebb Years
On Monday at 7 p.m. ET, cabaret impresario Scott Siegel reinvents his Broadway by the Year series for digital consumption with a concert of songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb. Tony winner Beth Leavel and Broadway vets Danny Gardner, Ute Lemper, Tony Yazbeck and Natascia Diaz will croon tunes from Chicago, Cabaret, Steel Pier, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Rink and other Kander and Ebb musicals. Tickets are $30 but if you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase them at a discount.
Amas Musical Theatre: Amas–You Love! A Heart to Heart Virtual Celebration
On Monday at 7 p.m. ET, Amas Musical Theatre marks more than half a century of developing new musicals at Amas–You Love! A Heart to Heart Virtual Celebration. Justina Machado hosts the evening, which includes performances by Tony winner Lillias White and excerpts from four Amas musicals. Watch for free until Thursday at 7 p.m. ET on Amas' YouTube channel though donations are encouraged.
The Metropolitan Opera: La Bohème
On Monday at 7:30 p.m. ET, the Metropolitan Opera shares a gem from its vaults: Franco Zeffirelli's smashing staging of La Bohème, Puccini's romantic tragedy about love, bromance and art. Teresa Stratas, Renata Scotto, José Carreras, Richard Stilwell and James Morris star in this 1982 production. Watch for free for 23 hours after the start time on the Metropolitan Opera's website. You can still stream yesterday's opera, Agrippina, until 6:30 p.m. ET today.
Lincoln Center: Restart Stages: Norm Lewis in Concert
On Monday at 8 p.m. ET, Lincoln Center: Restart Stages presents Tony nominee Norm Lewis in a live outdoor concert that will also be streamed to at-home viewers. Beloved for his glorious baritone, Lewis earned a Tony nomination for his empathetic turn as Porgy in Porgy and Bess, and made history as the first Black actor to play the Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. During this intimate hour-long performance, he will sing numbers from the roles he's known for, including Billy Flynn in Chicago, Javert in Les Misérables and the murderous title barber in Sweeney Todd, as well as jazz, blues and soul standards. Watch for free on Lincoln Center's website.
Jim Caruso's Pajama Cast Party
On Monday 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 Tony winner Alan Cumming, Broadway vet Shayna Steele and jazz diva Tammy McCann. Watch for free on YouTube though tips via the Venmo app are appreciated.
The Metropolitan Opera: Don Giovanni
On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET, the Metropolitan Opera presents Franco Zeffirelli's staging of Mozart's Don Giovanni, featuring Samuel Ramey in the title role of the world's most notorious lover. The production was filmed for the company's Live in HD series in 1990 and costars Carol Vaness, Karita Mattila, Dawn Upshaw, Jerry Hadley, Ferrucio Furlanetto and Kurt Moll. 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.
Broadway for Every Breath
On Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET, stage stars come together to help raise funds for India in the one-night-only concert Broadway for Every Breath. Organized by Wicked alum Shoba Narayan, the evening features performances by Beautiful Tony winner Jessie Mueller, The Great Comet Tony nominee Denée Benton, Erika Henningsen from Mean Girls, Nik Walker from Ain't Too Proud and other Broadway vets. Tickets are $20 and proceeds go to Give India, which is helping the country during its heartbreaking COVID-19 crisis.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Black Feminist Video Game
On Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. ET, Oregon Shakespeare Festival presents a live online performance of Black Feminist Video Game, Darrell Alejandro Holnes' inventive and interactive show about Jonas, a biracial teen on the autism spectrum attempting to win a classic 2D game along with the girl of his dreams. His journey unfolds on Twitch with the audience helping (or hindering) Jonas' progress along the way. Christon Andell, Kyla Jeanne Butts and Starr Kirkland star and Victoria Collado directs. Log in ready to join the action! Tickets are $10.
PBS Great Performances: Uncle Vanya
PBS Great Performances presents Conor McPherson's adaptation of Uncle Vanya, Anton Chekhov's heartbreaking tale of loneliness and longing. Toby Jones stars in the title role, an unhappy man who believes life has unfairly passed him by. Richard Armitage, Rosalind Eleazar, Aimee Lou Wood, Anna Calder Marshall, Dearbhla Molloy, Roger Allam and Peter Wight costar in this stage-cinema hybrid, which was filmed live at London's Harold Pinter Theatre, where the production had enjoyed a critically acclaimed but truncated run due to the pandemic. Watch for free on PBS Thirteen's website.
Feinstein's/54 Below: Marilyn Maye: Broadway, the Maye Way
Feinstein's/54 Below presents cabaret great Marilyn Maye in her brand-new concert Broadway, the Maye Way. Recorded at the club last month around Maye's 93rd birthday, the show features the legend singing numbers from the golden age of Broadway backed by her world-class jazz trio. Tickets are $35 and the recording is viewable until Saturday, May 29.
TheaterWorks Hartford: Christiane Noll: Coming Alive Again
Connecticut's TheaterWorks Hartford presents Tony nominee Christiane Noll in Coming Alive Again, an intimate and optimistic cabaret about our new normal. The Broadway favorite will talk candidly about the challenges of navigating motherhood during the pandemic and perform songs from a few of the Broadway shows she's known for, Dear Evan Hansen and Ragtime, as well as numbers from Follies, Bridges of Madison County, Company, Fun Home, Grey Gardens, Hello, Dolly!, Jagged Little Pill, Next to Normal and Wicked. Tickets are $25 and the recording is viewable until Monday, May 31.
The New Group: Waiting for Godot
Off Broadway trailblazer The New Group presents its inaugural digital production: Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot featuring Ethan Hawke and John Leguizamo as Vladimir and Estragon. Helmed by the troupe's artistic director, Scott Elliott, and shot in isolation at the actors' respective homes, this play is a perfect fun-house-mirror reflection of our pandemic times as we all await change, both personal and global. Tickets start at $20 and the recording is viewable until Wednesday, June 30. Closed captions will be available beginning Tuesday.
Feinstein's/54 Below: Jeremy Jordan: Carry On
Feinstein's/54 Below presents Newsies Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan in Carry On, a profoundly personal concert that explores his life as a father as well as his own complex childhood. Although the show debuted in 2020 before the shutdown, this edition has been reimagined for digital consumption and was recorded on stage during the pandemic at the celebrated cabaret club. The evening includes numbers from the musicals he's known for, including the TV series Smash, plus pop songs and personal favorites. Tickets are $35 and the recording is viewable until Thursday, May 27.
The Joyce Theater: Limon Dance Company
Chelsea dance haven The Joyce continues its digital season with lauded modern dance troupe Limon Dance Company. The program includes classics by cofounder José Limon, The Moor's Pavane (1949) and There Is a Time (1956), alongside Chafin Seymour's Suite Donut, which was commissioned last year. Tickets are $25 but if you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase them at a discount. The recording is viewable until Wednesday, May 19.
San Francisco Ballet: Romeo and Juliet
California's acclaimed San Francisco Ballet presents Romeo and Juliet choreographed by the troupe's artistic director, Helgi Tomasson. This archival recording of Prokofiev's passionate ballet features Davit Karapetyan and Maria Kochetkova as the star-crossed lovers. Tickets are $29 and the recording is viewable until Wednesday, May 26.
The Shows Must Go On!: Before the Interval
The Shows Must Go On! presents the satirical dance-theatre piece Before the Interval, the sequel to After the Interval centering on three dancers and their career aspirations. Luca Silvestrini conceived of and directed the work, which was recorded at London's Linbury Studio Theatre in 2014. Watch for free indefinitely on YouTube.
Top image: Norm Lewis, who's performing an in-person concert outside at Lincoln Center that will also be streamed to at-home viewers on Monday night.