Read about NYC's best theatre and dance productions and watch video interviews with innovative artists
With in-person theatre out of commission for the foreseeable future, many Broadway performers are sharing their talents online. Below are performances as well as a live-streamed class led by Broadway stars that you can watch today, Wednesday, March 18, from the comfort of your couch for free, though donations to specified nonprofit organizations are encouraged.
At 2 p.m. EST, Tony-winning songwriter Marc Shaiman (Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can) will sing songs and chat with SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky on Stars in the House. This twice daily series supports The Actors Fund, and you can watch at youtube.com/user/actorsfundorg.
At 4 p.m. EST, two-time Tony nominee and Fame star Debbie Allen is teaching a free dance class via Instagram. So put on your dancin' shoes and get ready to sweat by tuning into instagram.com/therealdebbieallen via the mobile Instagram app.
If you missed the premiere of The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues last night, you can watch all 20 of them right now at instagram.com/24hourplays. Theatre fans have been raving about them on Twitter—even New York Times critic Ben Brantley—and they certainly capture our sudden surreality. See Will Swenson, Patrick Wilson, Marin Ireland, Denis O'Hare and Richard Kind and other Broadway vets in tailor-made monologues by the likes of Jesse Eisenberg, Lily Houghton, Pulitzer Prize winners David Lindsay-Abaire and Stephen Adly Guirgis.
BroadwayWorld just released a brand-new Living Room Concert featuring Mean Girls star Kate Rockwell performing "A Girl Could Use a Dog" from Lucky Stiff. Her real-life four-legged BFF is also in the video, which you can watch at broadwayworld.com/videoplay/Living-Room-Concerts.
Irish Repertory Theatre has called on many of its regulars to perform songs and stories on the company's Facebook page. Tony nominee Melissa Errico, who starred in two different productions of Finian's Rainbow at the theatre, sings a lovely a cappella rendition of one of that musical's most uplifting songs, "Look to the Rainbow."
At 8 p.m. EST, famed singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester (her songs have been used on Broadway!) will croon tunes and chat with SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky on Stars in the House. This twice daily series supports The Actors Fund, and you can watch at youtube.com/user/actorsfundorg.
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Top image: Debbie Allen. Photo by John Mathew Smith & www.celebrity-photos.com from Laurel Maryland, USA.