Read about NYC's best theatre and dance productions and watch video interviews with innovative artists
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, February 11 to Sunday, February 13, for free or at low cost.
Saturday, February 12
Live from Feinstein's/54 Below: Jessica Darrow: Surface Pleasure
On Saturday at 7 p.m. ET, even though Feinstein's/54 Below has reopened for in-person performances, the swanky cabaret club continues to stream select shows live from its stage. Tonight, Encanto star Jessica Darrow makes her Feinstein's/54 Below debut with the solo cabaret Surface Pleasure. After her breakout role as the voice of Luisa Madrigal in the animated smash, Darrow wants to show audiences the woman behind the cartoon. Expect Disney favorites, Broadway classics, jazz standards and compelling personal stories. Tickets are $25. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.
Metropolitan Playhouse: Episode
On Saturday at 8 p.m. ET, Metropolitan Playhouse, an Obie-winning company that revives forgotten works, presents Episode, a 1928 domestic comedy by Harlem Renaissance playwright Eulalie Spence about a couple trying to adjust to the rhythms of marriage. The reading will be followed by a talkback featuring notable African-American playwrights scholars Jennifer Burton of Tufts University, and Monica White Ndounou of Dartmouth College. Watch for free on the company's YouTube channel though donations are encouraged.
Eden Espinosa in Concert
On Saturday at 11 p.m. ET, Eden Espinosa is a Broadway vet with powerhouse pipes who's starred as Elphaba in Wicked, Maureen in Rent and the title character in the short-lived but beloved Brooklyn. Tonight, she's trying something new: an intimate live-streamed concert from her California living room, as she shares stories and numbers from her career, tunes she's never crooned before and even takes requests. Tickets are $20.
Sunday, February 13
The Seth Concert Series: Patti Murin
On Sunday at 2 p.m. ET, even though show-tune savant Seth Rudetsky is back doing shows in person, he hasn't completely abandoned the virtual realm. In fact, he's relaunched his weekly live-streamed concert series! Tonight his guest is Patti Murin, who originated the role of Anna in Frozen on Broadway and has a wonderful Twitter feed. Expect numbers from her career, which also includes the musicals Xanadu, Lysistrata Jones and the hugely underrated Love's Labour's Lost, and funny stories. She's a hoot. Tickets are $25.
Live from Feinstein's/54 Below: Anne Bobby and Friends: I'm Still Standing... and Streaming!
On Sunday at 7 p.m. ET, even though Feinstein's/54 Below has reopened for in-person performances, the swanky cabaret club continues to stream select shows live from its stage. Tonight, catch Anne Bobby and her talented pals in concert. She may not be a household name, but Bobby has worked with many famous folks during her 30-plus-year career on stage and screen, including Stephen Sondheim and Clive Barker. This evening is a tribute to NYC and its residents, and why we should treasure both more than ever after everything we've been through. Tickets are $25. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.
Red Bull Theater: The Alchemist
Last chance! After a critically acclaimed run Off Broadway last fall, Red Bull Theater's riotous reinvention of The Alchemist is available to stream. Jesse Berger directs Jeffrey Hatcher's adaptation of Ben Jonson's 1610 romp about a scheming servant who invites two con artists into his absent master's home to rip off the greedy and gullible. Recorded live on stage, it's a glittering gem of deceit and double-crosses featuring a slew of scene-stealers, including Stephen DeRosa, Carson Elrod, Jacob Ming-Trent and Reg Rogers. Tickets are pay-what-you-wish but a $25 donation is suggested. The recording is viewable until Monday at 7 p.m.
New Victory Theater: Air Play
NYC's premiere family theatre, the New Victory, is presenting an in-person production of Air Play featuring married clowns the Acrobuffos exploring the power of air in a series of entertaining experiments. But this science-themed circus spectacle is also streaming online. Tickets are $25 and the recording is viewable until Sunday, March 6. Prefer to attend in person? Click here for info or, if you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.
Alvin Ailey: r-Evolution, Dream.
Last chance! Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater presents r-Evolution, Dream., longtime company member Hope Boykin's powerful piece inspired by the sermons and speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Recorded live on stage, this 2016 work fuses storytelling, new music by Ali Jackson, and historic and original writings recorded by Hamilton Tony winner Leslie Odom, Jr. Watch for free until Sunday on Ailey's YouTube channel though donations are encouraged.
Project Y Theatre: Women in Theatre Festival
Off-Off Broadway's venerable Project Y Theatre presents its seventh annual Women in Theatre Festival online, with a quintet of commissioned two-handers by women playwrights, including Amina Henry, Erin Mallon and TDF Stages contributor Eliza Bent, alongside a collection of fresh, female-forward monologues. All of the pieces were filmed live on stage and a streaming pass allows you to watch the program anytime on demand for a week. Tickets are $25 but if you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.
Pasadena Playhouse: Teenage Dick
Although California's Pasadena Playhouse was forced to cancel its in-person run of Teenage Dick due to COVID-19, the good news is the production was captured on film. Mike Lew's modern-day, darkly comic take on Richard III is set in a high-pressure high school, where a bullied adolescent with cerebral palsy mounts a ruthless campaign to become student body president. How far will he go to win? Tony nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Hand to God) directs and Gregg Mozgala and Shannon DeVido reprise the roles they originated Off Broadway in the play's critically acclaimed world premiere. Tickets start at $25 and the recording is viewable until Monday, February 28.
Starz: Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back
Tony nominated tap-dance great Maurice Hines (Hot Feet, Uptown...It's Hot!, Eubie!) is the subject of the new documentary Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back, an intimate portrait of his life and career, including his complicated collaboration with his late brother Gregory. Debbie Allen, Chita Rivera and Charles Randolph-Wright are just a handful of the theatre legends who chat about Hines' groundbreaking work. Starz subscribers can watch for free.
PBS Great Performances: Reopening: The Broadway Revival
Last chance! It's hard to believe that just six months ago, Broadway was completely closed due to the pandemic. This inspiring hour-long documentary follows some of Broadway's biggest blockbusters as they turned their lights back on after 18 months of darkness. Frank DiLella of NY1's On Stage hosts this behind-the-scenes look at how Wicked, Aladdin, Tina, The Phantom of the Opera and other musicals started singing again, with exclusive interviews with Adrienne Warren, Aaron Tveit, Sara Bareilles, Elizabeth Stanley, Alexandra Billings, Jawan M. Jackson, Andrew Rannells, Norm Lewis, Sharon D. Clarke, Lea Salonga, Kristin Chenoweth, Chita Rivera, Laura Benanti and other stage stars. Watch for free until Tuesday on PBS' website. Closed captions are available.
PBS: Stars on Stage From Westport Country Playhouse
Last month, PBS presented Stars on Stage From Westport Country Playhouse, a series of recent concerts performed by Broadway favorites at the Connecticut theatre. All three are viewable until Sunday, February 20 for free on PBS' website: Watch hour-long sets by:
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater: Addressless
Last chance! On Friday at 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m. ET, NYC's acclaimed Rattlestick Playwrights Theater continues its hybrid season with a thought-provoking online exploration of the challenges of being homeless. Created and directed by Martin Boross and written by Jonathan Payne, Addressless is an interactive, virtual theatrical game in which audiences make a series of decisions that impact their housing stability, life expectancy and physical well-being. Log in ready to participate. Tickets are $25.
Hypokrit Productions: Running
Hypokrit Productions presents Running, an autobiographical cinema-stage hybrid by sitcom star Danny Pudi (Community) about his quest to learn about the father he never knew. With some scenes filmed in a theatre, others in the real world, this is a moving documentary journey of self-discovery. Arpita Mukherjee directs. Tickets are $20 and the recording is viewable until Monday, February 28.
Living Record Festival
The UK-based Living Record Productions presents the Living Recording Festival, a monthlong event featuring original digital performances. The eclectic lineup includes irreverent cabarets, outrageous comedians, interactive plays and even kid-friendly options such as Peter Michael Marino's charming toy theatre epic Planet of the Grapes. Browse the full schedule to see what piques your interest. Tickets start at £7, approximately $9.
Top image: The comedic two-hander Air Play, which is running at the New Victory Theater in person but also available to stream at home. Photo by Florence Montmare.