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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, Monday, August 24, from the comfort of your couch for free (or at very low cost).
The Seth Concert Series: Rachel Bay Jones
At 3 p.m. ET, apparently, hosting a daily talk show online and a Sirius XM Satellite Radio series isn't enough for the multitalented Seth Rudetsky. Well-known for his skills as a pianist, musical director and interviewer, he's hosted a series of intimate live concerts in Provincetown with Broadway stars for the past decade. This summer he brings the show online. Last night's headliner was Rachel Bay Jones and you can watch a recording today. The veteran Broadway performer appeared in Pippin and Hair and won a Tony Award for her empathetic turn as the title character's stressed-out single mom in Dear Evan Hansen. In addition to crooning tunes from her career, hopefully she'll give some gossip on the upcoming Dear Evan Hansen movie. Tickets are $25.
Keala Settle: Concert of Hope for the Youth of Covenant House
At 7 p.m. ET, Hands on a Hardbody Tony nominee and The Greatest Showman star Keala Settle raises her powerhouse pipes in support of Covenant House, which provides safe shelter to homeless youth. She'll be taking requests during this 30-minute concert, though she'll probably only sing "This Is Me" once. Tickets are $10 and proceeds go to Covenant House's Sleepout: Stage and Screen fundraiser.
Denis O'Hare and Richard Kind in Righteous
At 7:30 p.m. ET, NYC's Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center presents a live reading of Righteous, a history-inspired play by Jeff Cohen (The Soap Myth) about Eduard Schulte, a member of Hitler's inner circle who tried to warn the world about the führer's genocidal plans. The A-list cast includes Tony winners Frank Wood and Denis O'Hare, and Tony nominees Jessica Hecht, Johanna Day and Richard Kind. Register to receive the free Zoom link; donations are encouraged.
The Metropolitan Opera: Rigoletto
At 7:30 p.m. ET, the Metropolitan Opera presents an entire week of Verdi operas and first up is Rigoletto. Reset in '60s Las Vegas, the 2013 production stars Željko Lucic as the title character, a comedian who tries to protect his innocent daughter (Diana Damrau) from Piotr Beczal's lascivious Duke, a popular entertainer and casino owner. Watch for free for 23 hours after the start time on the Metropolitan Opera's website. You can still stream yesterday's opera, Hansel and Gretel, until 6:30 p.m. today.
Stars in the House: Sutton Foster
At 8 p.m. ET, On Your Feet! diva Andréa Burns continues her Monday night guest-hosting duties on Stars in the House, and she's making it a double date night! She'll be joined by her director husband, Peter Flynn, and their two-time Tony-winning pal Sutton Foster and her hubby, screenwriter Ted Griffin. Watch for free on YouTube though donations to The Actors Fund are encouraged.
Jim Caruso's Pajama Cast Party
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 comedic stage and screen star Kathy Najimy, hilarious juggler Marcus Monroe and Broadway vet Ruby Rakos. Watch for free on YouTube though tips via the Venmo app are appreciated.
Barrington Stage Company: Judgment Day
On Saturday, Barrington Stage Company presented a star-studded reading of Judgment Day, and you can watch a recording through Wednesday. An over-the-top comedy by veteran TV writer/producer Rob Ulin, the show stars Jason Alexander as a shady lawyer, who's scared into trying to change by a domineering angel, played by an acerbic Patti LuPone. Santino Fontana costars as a priest in crisis, and the rest of the cast includes Loretta Devine, Elizabeth Stanley and Michael McKean. If this trailer is any indication, prepare for irreverent laughs. Donate $35 or more to receive the viewing link; the recording will remain available through Wednesday.
It's the last day to catch the Obie Award-winning Black theatre collective Harlem9's 10th annual edition of its signature series 48Hours in...™Harlem. In the past, participating writers, directors and actors had 48 hours to conceive, rehearse and mount a half dozen plays, each inspired by a specific African-American classic. This year they got 48 hours to create the pieces, and 48 more to rehearse, perform and film them. The playwrights are Keith Josef Adkins, Brittany K. Allen, Tracey Conyer Lee, Nadine Mozon, Jeremy O'Brian and L. Trey Wilson; the directors are Marjuan Canady, nicHi douglas, Raja Feather Kelly, Malika Oyetimein, Logan Pitts and Dominique Rider. The 18 actors bringing their pieces to life include A Strange Loop star Larry Owens, Toni Stone Obie winner April Matthis and Off-Broadway vet David Ryan Smith. Tickets start at $10.
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