With in-person theatre out of commission for the foreseeable future, many companies and performers from Broadway and beyond are showcasing their work online. Below are performances you can watch today, Tuesday, September 8, from the comfort of your couch for free or at low cost.
At 7 p.m. ET, since 2018, the Times Square Alliance
has been presenting Broadway Buskers
, a summer concert series showcasing the songwriting talents of NYC theatre folk. This year the show goes online with live-streamed sets on Tuesday nights through October 27. This evening enjoy numbers by Alice Lee
(Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
), Grace McLean
(In The Green
) and Dru Serkes
(Rock of Ages
). Watch for free on the Times Square Alliance website
though donations to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Broadway Advocacy Coalition are encouraged. The Metropolitan Opera: Roméo et Juliette
At 7:30 p.m. ET, the Metropolitan Opera
's French week continues with Roméo et Juliette
, directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher
) and starring Vittorio Grigolo
and Diana Damrau
as the titular star-crossed lovers. To visit Verona from the comfort of your own home (or balcony!), watch for free for 23 hours after the start time on the Metropolitan Opera's website
. You can still stream yesterday's opera, Manon
, until 6:30 p.m. ET today.Stars in the House: Be More Chill
At 9:30 p.m. ET, Seth Rudetsky
and James Wesley
reunite the cast of Be More Chill
, propelled to Broadway by its intense online fandom last year. Tonight's robust lineup features show composer Joe Iconis
along with George Salazar
, Will Roland
, Jason Tam
, Britton Smith
, Katie Carlson
, Gerard Canonico
, Jason SweetTooth Williams
, Troy Iwata
, Talia Suskauer
and Cameron Bond
. You won't want to be hiding out in the bathroom like Michael for this one! Watch for free on YouTube
though donations to The Actors Fund are encouraged.The Latino Theater Company: This Is a Man's World
At 10 p.m. ET, The Latino Theater Company
streams its archived production of This Is a Man's World
, written and performed by Sal Lopez
. In this candid and intimate performance, music and memory swirl as Lopez relives the lessons that shaped his life, from the scent of a piroul tree in Mexico and the thrill of young love to the effects of the Watts Riots and the birth of his son. Watch for free on the company's YouTube channel. Available to Watch All Day
The Rev Theatre Co.: The Buddy Holly Story
Auburn, New York's The Rev Theatre Co. presents The Buddy Holly Story, a jukebox musical celebrating the life and music of the title rocker, who died tragically in a plane crash at age 22. Featuring a slew of his '50s hits, including "That’ll Be the Day," "Peggy Sue" and "Not Fade Away," the show was filmed live at the theatre earlier this summer without an audience. Now it's being streamed to fans around the globe. Tickets are $15 and the recording is available until Wednesday, September 16.
The Wooster Group: The B-Side
Pioneering avant-garde theatre troupe The Wooster Group shares a recording of its acclaimed 2017 production The B-Side, inspired by the 1965 LP Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons, featuring work songs and spirituals recorded live by inmates in Texas' then-segregated penitentiaries. Billed as a "record album interpretation," the singular piece is a collaboration between the company and actor Eric Berryman, who brought the source material to The Wooster Group's attention. Watch for free until Monday, September 14 on the company's website.
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel
Today's the last day to catch the New York Philharmonic's 2013 concert staging of Carousel, starring Tony winner Kelli O'Hara as Julie Jordan and opera star Nathan Gunn as Billy Bigelow. The supporting cast is just as impressive, with Tony winner Shuler Hensley as the villainous Jigger, Tony winner Jessie Mueller (a future Julie Jordan) as Carrie Pipperidge opposite Jason Danieley's Enoch Snow, Kate Burton as Mrs. Mullin, Tony winner John Cullum (a former Billy Bigelow) as the Starkeeper and Dr. Seldon, and New York City Ballet dancers Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck in the Act II dream ballet. Watch for free on Lincoln Center's YouTube channel.
Elyse Orecchio is TDF's Online Presence Manager. Follow her on Instagram and on Twitter at @elyseo. Follow TDF at @TDFNYC.
Top image: Will Roland and George Salazar in
Be More Chill. Photo by Maria Baranova.