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, March 11 to Sunday, March 13, for free or at low cost.
Friday, March 11
The Creative Process: Liza Minnelli, John Kander and Fred Ebb
On Friday at 5:30 p.m. ET, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts shares an incredible 1974 interview from its archives featuring the legendary Liza Minnelli discussing her life-changing collaborations with songwriters John Kander and Fred Ebb, including her Broadway debut at 19 in their musical Flora, the Red Menace, for which she won her first Tony Award, and her Oscar-winning turn in Cabaret crooning their iconic tunes. Expect backstage stories about Bob Fosse, George Abbott and Hal Prince, too! Register to receive the free viewing link. Captions are available.
Live from Feinstein's/54 Below: Lee Roy Reams
On Friday 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 concerts live from its stage. Tonight, catch Tony nominee Lee Roy Reams (42nd Street, The Producers, Beauty and the Beast) in his autobiographical solo show Goodbye, Kentucky! Hello, Broadway! filled with songs and fabulous behind-the-scenes stories about the luminaries he's worked with during his six-decade career, including Richard Rodgers, Lauren Bacall and Carol Channing. Tickets are $25. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.
Mike Daisey: From This Moment You Are Cursed
On Friday at 7 p.m. ET, master monologist Mike Daisey (The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, If You See Something Say Something) returns to The Kraine Theater with From This Moment You Are Cursed, a brand-new, of-the-moment piece about the war in Ukraine. Performed live on stage but also streamed to at-home viewers, the evening is an exploration of viral moments of violence, the West's complicity and Cold War 2.0 as Daisey addresses everything we're all worrying about with dark humor and searing insight. Tickets are $15.
Saturday, March 12
Live from Feinstein's/54 Below: 54 Sings Broadway's Greatest Hits!
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, 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. The lineup includes Ben Jones, Gabrielle Stravelli and Broadway vet Haley Swindal. Tickets are $25. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.
Sunday, March 13
Daylight saving time begins today, so remember to turn clocks forward one hour!
The Seth Concert Series: Will Roland
On Sunday at 8 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 Will Roland, an adorkable Broadway vet known for his performances as the title character's frenemy in Dear Evan Hansen and a lovesick nerd who'll do anything to be cool in Be More Chill. A longtime member of Joe Iconis' chosen family, expect a lot of tunes by that songwriter this evening. Tickets are $25.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Untitled America
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater presents Kyle Abraham's powerful Untitled America, which explores how our nation's prison system impacts Black families. The piece fuses haunting movements with spoken word narration by formerly incarcerated individuals. Watch for free until Sunday on Ailey's YouTube channel though donations are encouraged.
Victory Gardens Theater: Queen of the Night
On Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m., and Sunday at 4 p.m. ET, Chicago's lauded Victory Gardens Theater is currently presenting travis tate's two-hander Queen of the Night on stage, but select performances are also being live-streamed to at-home audiences. A divorced father and his queer son head to the woods of southeastern Texas to relive the camping trips of earlier, easier days. Can they cross the abyss between them? Victory Gardens' artistic director Ken-Matt Martin helms this exploration of masculinity and queerness through the lens of multi-generational Blackness. Tickets are $24.
The New Group: i need space
Playwright Donja R. Love, whose drama one in two was a critically acclaimed hit for The New Group, is behind this new digital series called i need space. An eye-opening examination of isolation, loss and loneliness, it centers on a queer Black man named Marcus whose only contact with the world outside his childhood bedroom comes through Zooming. Sound familiar? Expect a real and raw dissection of disconnection. Watch the first three episodes for free on Broadstream.
TheaterWorks Hartford: This Bitter Earth
Connecticut's TheaterWorks Hartford is currently presenting an in-person production of Harrison David Rivers' play This Bitter Earth, but select performances are also live-streamed to at-home audiences. Jesse, an introspective Black playwright is challenged by Neil, his white activist boyfriend about his political apathy. Can love overcome a reckoning of race and class? David Mendizábal directs this two-hander about a couple at a crossroads. Tickets are $20 and the recording is viewable until Sunday, March 20.
Broadway On Demand: Ensemble
Aladdin's Telly Leung is one of the producers of this new documentary about Broadway ensemble members reuniting in March 2021 to reflect on the longest shutdown in the industry's history. Cast members from some of the biggest shows reflect on the pandemic and how the intermission helped to reimagine the culture of Broadway. Tickets are $12.
PBS: Broadway in Concert: An Evening with Lerner and Loewe
PBS' brand-new series Broadway in Concert features stage stars singing numbers from classic American musicals. First up is a tribute to Lerner and Loewe, the prolific songwriting team behind Gigi, My Fair Lady, Camelot, Brigadoon and Paint Your Wagon. Come From Away Tony nominee Jenn Colella, Aaron Lazar, Jose Llana, Michael Maliakel, Aisha Jackson, Sean Thompson and Bayla Whitten croon some of their beloved songs, including "I Could Have Danced All Night," "Get Me to the Church On Time," "On the Street Where You Live" and "Almost Like Being in Love." Watch for free until Saturday, March 26 on PBS' website. Closed captions are available.
The Huntington: The Bluest Eye
Boston's The Huntington is currently presenting an in-person theatricalization of Toni Morrison's celebrated debut novel The Bluest Eye, but you can also stream a recording of the production online. Adapted for the stage by award-winning dramatist Lydia Diamond, the play centers on Pecola, a young Black girl who believes the world would be wonderful if she could have blue eyes. Awoye Timpo directs. Tickets start at $20 and the recording is viewable until Saturday, April 9.
Baryshnikov Arts Center: Peggy Baker's her body as words
Last chance! The dance-centric Baryshnikov Arts Center continues its 2022 season with her body as words, a new piece by Peggy Baker that explores notions of female identity. The choreographer collaborated with nine dancers to examine themes such as gender expression, sexual orientation, sexual appetite, pregnancy, miscarriage and motherhood through movement. Watch for free until Monday at 5 p.m. ET on BAC's site.
Primary Stages: Undo the Sea
Last chance! Primary Stages returns to in-person productions next month! In the interim, the renowned Off-Broadway theatre is presenting some intriguing virtual fare such as Undo the Sea, Inda Craig-Galván's tense two-hander about a couple having a meltdown during lockdown when the power goes out... right after one of them sent a scathing work email. Did it go through? Tickets are pay-what-you-wish and the recording is viewable until Wednesday.
New Victory Theater: Air Play
NYC's premiere family theatre, the New Victory, recently presented an in-person production of Air Play featuring married clowns the Acrobuffos exploring the power of air in a series of eye-popping vignettes. Now you can watch this enchanting circus spectacle online. Tickets are $25 and the recording is viewable until Sunday, March 20.
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.
Top image: Members of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Untitled America. Photo by Paul Kolnik.