Read about NYC's best theatre and dance productions and watch video interviews with innovative artists
With in-person theatre still a rarity, many companies and performers from Broadway and beyond are showcasing their work online. Below are performances you can watch this Monday, June 28 and Tuesday, June 29, from the comfort of your couch for free or at low cost.
Food for Thought Productions: Penny Fuller, Stephen Schnetzer and Louise Lasser
On Monday at 2 p.m. ET, Food for Thought Productions presents two-time Tony nominee Penny Fuller and Stephen Schnetzer in a pair of playlets: Tennessee Williams' comedy Something Unspoken, about a wily Southern spinster, and Susan Charlotte's The Hairdresser, an existential conversation in a hair salon. The live performances takes place at Theatre 80 in the East Village, but you can also watch online from home. After the performance, Louise Lasser will join the duo for a talkback. Tickets are available from the theatre but if you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase them at a discount.
Ars Nova: Playing with Myself
On Monday at 7 p.m. ET, one of Off-Off Broadway's most innovative institutions, Ars Nova has served as the launching pad for lots of big things, including the musical The Great Comet, Lin-Manuel Miranda and now its own streaming service, Ars Nova Supra! Tonight, you can catch the fabulous and multitalented Joel Perez (Fun Home, Sweet Charity) in his autobiographical solo show Playing with Myself, as he mines his upbringing as a queer Puerto Rican ex-Pentecostal for laughs and insight. Tickets are $5 or you can subscribe to the platform for a flat monthly fee of $15.
MCC Theater: Space Dogs
On Monday at 7 p.m. ET, MCC Theater shares a sneak peek at the in-development musical Space Dogs, about the tragic true story of Laika the stray dog and the Russian scientist who sent her to into space during the Cold War. Written and performed by actor-musicians Van Hughes and Nick Blaemire, this half-hour sneak peek is following by a talkback with the creators. Watch for free on MCC's YouTube channel.
The Metropolitan Opera: Marnie
On Monday at 7:30 p.m. ET, the Metropolitan Opera presents Marnie, Nico Muhly's adaptation of Winston Graham's thrilling 1961 novel of the same name about the title con artist (Isabel Leonard) who finally meets her match, played by Christopher Maltman. Tony winner Michael Mayer staged this 2018 production. Watch for free for 23 hours after the start time on the Metropolitan Opera's website. You can still stream yesterday's opera, La Traviata, until 6:30 p.m. ET today.
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 South Pacific Tony winner Paulo Szot, soul singer-songwriter Matt Bloyd and nonagenarian vocalist Madeline Forman. Watch for free on YouTube though tips via the Venmo app are appreciated.
Westport Country Playhouse: Tiny House
Starting on Tuesday, Connecticut's Westport Country Playhouse presents Tiny House, a new comedy by Michael Gotch about a couple that fled the city for simple country life, but a Fourth of July celebration brings their quirky acquaintances to their new locale. Tickets start at $25 and the recording is available until Sunday, July 18.
Broadway Advocacy Coalition: What Now? Part II: From Ally to Action
On Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET, Broadway Advocacy Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to dismantling the systems that perpetuate racism, presents What Now? Part II: From Ally to Action, a 90-minute forum investigating the progress that has been made and what the American theatre must do to reopen as a more welcoming and equitable industry. Register to receive the free viewing link.
Irish Repertory Theatre: Ghosting
On Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET, NYC's venerable Irish Rep presents Ghosting, Anne O'Riordan and Jamie Beamish's tragicomedy about a disconnected young woman who awakens to find the ex who abandoned her years earlier standing at the foot of her bed. O'Riordan stars in this one-woman play about revisiting the past in order to carve out a future. Directed by Aidan Kelly, the production was recorded at Theatre Royal in April 2020. Tickets are required to receive the free viewing link; a $25 donation is suggested.
Actors Theatre of Louisville: The Wolves
On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET, Kentucky's celebrated Actors Theatre of Louisville presents a special reading of Sarah DeLappe's Pulitzer finalist play The Wolves featuring an all trans/gender-nonconforming cast as the teenage soccer players compete on the field and off while growing up. Regina Victor directs. Tickets start at $10 and proceeds benefit the ACLU of Kentucky.
On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET, Baltimore Center Stage presents The Garden, a moving new play written by and starring Tony nominee Charlayne Woodard about the complex relationship between a Black woman and her estranged adult daughter, who shows up unexpectedly at her mother's garden gate attempting to reconcile old wounds. Patricia McGregor directs this world premiere, which costars Caroline Stefanie Clay. Tickets start at $25 but if you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase them at a discount.
The Metropolitan Opera: Doctor Atomic
On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET, the Metropolitan Opera presents John Adams' Doctor Atomic about the impact the test of the first atomic bomb had on those at Los Alamos. Gerald Finley plays the brilliant J. Robert Oppenheimer in this 2008 mounting costarring Sasha Cooke, Thomas Glenn and Richard Paul Fink. Watch for free for 23 hours after the start time on the Metropolitan Opera's website. You can still stream yesterday's opera, Marnie, until 6:30 p.m. ET today.
Stars in the House: Guest Host Brenda Braxton
On Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET, Smokey Joe's Cafe Tony nominee Brenda Braxton guest hosts Stars in the House. Watch for free on YouTube though donations to The Actors Fund are encouraged.
Theatre for a New Audience: The Oresteia
Brooklyn's Theatre for a New Audience presents Ellen McLaughlin's contemporary adaptation of The Oresteia, an epic and tragic trilogy streamlined to one full-length evening. The action begins when Agamemnon sacrifices his daughter to appease the gods, which understandably enrages his wife, Clytemnestra. These ancient Greek stories provoke timely modern-day questions about duty, justice and cycles of violence. Andrew Watkins directs an ensemble cast that includes Kathleen Chalfant, Obi Abili and Kelley Curran. Register to receive the free viewing link. The recording is viewable until Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.
Play-PerView: Four Chords and a Gun
On Saturday, Play-PerView presented a live reading of Four Chords and a Gun and you can watch a recording until Wednesday. This new play by sitcom star John Ross Bowie (Big Bang Theory, Speechless) takes place at the drama-filled 1979 recording session that led to The Ramones' album End of the Century, produced by the combative Phil Spector. Jessica Hanna directs Michael Cassady, Ben Feldman, Brendan Hunt, Lena Hall, Justin Kirk and Bobby Conte Thornton in this slice of rock 'n' roll history. Tickets are $20 and net proceeds benefit Food on Foot.
Playbill: The Progress of Pride Spectacular
Playbill presents The Progress of Pride Spectacular, a virtual celebration of the history of Pride. Broadway vet and Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria hosts the evening, which features clips from Playbill's OUTtakes Series with Anthony Rapp, Caitlin Kinnunen, Max Crumm and Peppermint, footage from NYC Pride Marches past, performances by BD Wong, L Morgan Lee and Alex Newell, and a starry climactic number with Harvey Fierstein, Kathryn Gallagher, Nathan Lee Graham and many others. Watch for free until Wednesday on Playbill's YouTube channel.
Night of a Thousand Judys
Judy, Judy, Judy... Garland that is. This concert celebrates the life and career of the legendary singer-actor, who was born in a trunk in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and traveled over the rainbow to become a movie musical icon. Writer, performer and raconteur Justin Sayre presides over an online edition of this annual favorite, and the lineup of crooners includes Tony winner Alan Cumming, Tony nominees Sam Harris, Vivian Reed and Mary Testa, and stage favorites Karen Mason, Nathan Lee Graham, Jose Llana, Grace McLean and Margo Seibert. Watch for free until Saturday, July 24 on YouTube though donations to The Ali Forney Center are encouraged.
Playbill: Glimmer of Light
On June 17, Playbill produced Glimmer of Light, an in-person Pride concert at Queens' Radial Park, and now it's being streamed online through the end of the month. The lineup includes on stage performances by Ezra Menas, Jo Ellen Pellman, Max Crumm, Jan Sport from RuPaul's Drag Race and Sis along with virtual contributions from Alex Newell, Ariana DeBose, Felicia Fitzpatrick, L Morgan Lee and Peppermint. Watch for free until Wednesday on Playbill's YouTube channel.
Patrick Page in All the Devils Are Here
Hadestown Tony nominee Patrick Page shows off his mellifluous voice and classical acting training in his solo show All the Devils Are Here, an exploration of Shakespeare's villains. A medley of scenes and monologues that trace the evolution of the Bard's baddies, the one-person play was originally presented in 2017. This production was filmed during the shutdown at Washington, DC's Shakespeare Theatre Company on the same stage where Page previously played Prospero, Coriolanus, Iago and Macbeth. Tickets start at $25 but if you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase them at a discount. The recording is viewable until Saturday.
Everybody say, "Yeah, yeah!" Catch the exuberant West End production of Kinky Boots starring Olivier Award winner Matt Henry as drag diva Lola, who helps shoe manufacturer Charlie (Killian Donnelly) inject some fabulousness into his factory. Although the musical examines serious subjects such as homophobia and father-son estrangement, it's mostly a celebration of friendship and being true to yourself, with catchy songs by Cyndi Lauper and a heartfelt book by Harvey Fierstein. Tickets are $15 but if you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase them at a discount. The recording is viewable until Friday.
Come on along and listen to the lullaby of Broadway! Catch the acclaimed West End revival of 42nd Street about a spunky chorus girl who goes out a youngster but comes back a star after the leading lady gets injured. Filmed at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 2018, the lavish production features jaw-dropping tap numbers and iconic Broadway songs by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, including "We're in the Money," "Lullaby of Broadway" and the title tune. Bonnie Langford plays the sidelined star Dorothy Brock and Clare Halse is Peggy Sawyer, the nobody who doesn't throw away her shot. The ultimate backstage musical! Tickets are $15 and the recording is viewable until Friday.
George Street Playhouse: It's Only a Play
New Jersey's George Street Playhouse presents It's Only a Play, Terrence McNally's popular comedy set at a dramatic party where a Broadway producer, playwright, director and cast anxiously await their opening night reviews. Funnyman Kevin Cahoon directed this mounting, which was filmed live on stage at the theatre. Tootsie Tony nominee Andy Grotelueschen, Greg Cuellar, Julie Halston, Doug Harris, Christine Toy Johnson, Triney Sandoval and Zach Shaffer star. Tickets are $33 but if you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase them at a discount. The recording is viewable until Sunday. Closed captions and audio description are available.
Signature Theatre: After Midnight
Virginia's lauded Signature Theatre presents After Midnight, an enthralling celebration of the legendary Cotton Club that was nominated for seven 2014 Tony Awards. Recorded on stage during quarantine, this new production is headlined by Hamilton Tony nominee Christopher Jackson and Nova Y. Payton, and is directed and choreographed by Jared Grimes, who appeared in the show on Broadway. Evocative renditions of Langston Hughes poems provide the framework for eye-popping tap-dance numbers set to the swinging songs of Duke Ellington, Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields, Harold Arlen and other big band-era greats. Tickets are $35 but if you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase them at a discount. The recording is viewable until Wednesday, August 4.
Lincoln Center Theater: Marys Seacole
Lincoln Center Theater presents Marys Seacole, Pulitzer Prize winner Jackie Sibblies Drury's critically acclaimed play about an ambitious Jamaican woman whose adventures span many countries and eras, from the Crimean War to a modern-day nursing home. A profound exploration of women who are paid to look after others, this fantasia is inspired by the real-life 19th-century nurse and healer Mary Seacole as well as all the caregivers who came after her. This Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3 production was recorded on stage in 2019, with Lileana Blain-Cruz directing Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Gabby Beans, Marceline Hugot, Karen Kandel, Ismenia Mendes and Lucy Taylor. Register on Broadway on Demand to receive the free viewing link. The recording is viewable until Sunday.
North Coast Repertory Theatre: Becoming Dr. Ruth
California's North Coast Repertory Theatre presents four-time Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh in Becoming Dr. Ruth, Mark St. Germain's inspiring one-woman bio play about the cheery sex therapist and her compelling past, including losing her family in the Holocaust, working as a sniper for the Haganah and finally finding Mr. Right after two divorces. David Ellenstein directs the production, which was filmed live on stage at Bay Street Theater, a co-producer of the show. Tickets start at $35 and the recording is viewable until Sunday, July 11.
The Outliners: Zoom with a View
The Outliners present Zoom with a View, an evening of playlets created specifically for Zoom starring some NYC stage favorites, including Drama Desk winner Marylouise Burke, Tony nominee Veanne Cox and Obie winner April Matthis. Register to receive the free viewing link though donations to The Actors Fund are encouraged. The recording is viewing until Sunday.
Raven Snook is the Editor of TDF Stages. Follow her at @RavenSnook. Follow TDF at @TDFNYC.
Top image: The cast of 42nd Street at London's Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, which is streaming this week. Photo by Sophie Thomas..