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Top 10 Stage Performances to Stream During Thanksgiving Weekend

By: Raven Snook
Date: Nov 21, 2023


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Even though in-person theatre and dance are back in full swing, in the name of accessibility we're continuing to round up performances to watch online from the comfort of home. Our carefully curated list spotlights the the ten best performances to stream this Thanksgiving weekend, Thursday, November 23 to Sunday, November 26, for free or at low cost. Have a fabulous holiday!

NBC: Broadway Musicals at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Airing on TV on NBC on Thursday, November 23 at 8:30 a.m. ET for FREE

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is back for its 97th annual edition. In addition to 31 floats, 25 giant balloons and 11 marching bands, you can watch lavish Broadway musical performances from the comfort of home. Catch numbers from & Juliet, Back to the Future: The Musical, How to Dance in Ohio, Shucked and Spamalot, plus a special appearance by Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells from Gutenberg! The Musical! Other stage stars to spot include Mean Girl's Ashley Park with some Sesame Street pals, Chicago alum Brandy, amazing acts from the Big Apple Circus and Cher, who had her own eponymous musical on Broadway.


CBS: Other Broadway Musicals During the Thanksgiving Day Parade

Airing on TV on CBS on Thursday, November 23 at 9 a.m. ET for FREE

CBS is also covering the parade and will share songs from three additional Broadway musicals, all prerecorded in the studio. Catch numbers from A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical, Aladdin and a very special performance of "Nowadays/Hot Honey Rag" from Chicago featuring Broadway's current Velma, Kimberly Marable, and E! News' chief correspondent Keltie Knight, a former Rockette, as Roxie.


Live From 54 Below: The Friendsgiving Leftovers with Kevin Ferg & Friends

Live-streaming on Friday, November 24 at 9:45 p.m. ET for $25

Celebrate Thanksgiving with chosen family at this annual holiday cabaret hosted by singer, actor and producer Kevin Ferguson. Enjoy songs about friendship, including the theme song from Friends, "Friend Like Me" from Aladdin and Patti LaBelle's "You Are My Friend," sung by Broadway vets and fabulous drag queens. Live-streaming from 54 Below's swanky stage. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.


Live From 54 Below: Sondheim Unplugged

Live-streaming on Sunday, November 26 at 7 p.m. ET for $25

Enjoy the latest installment of Sondheim Unplugged, a stripped-down concert series celebrating the late songwriting legend. Talented vocalists croon Sondheim tunes accompanied solely by piano alongside special guests Jim Walton and Ann Morrison, the original Frank and Mary from Merrily We Roll Along, Ramona Mallory from 2009's A Little Night Music revival, Bruce Sabath from the 2006 Company revival and Lucia Spina from the recent Into the Woods. Live-streaming from 54 Below's swanky stage. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.


Chelsea Table + Stage: Reeve Carney: The Flying Yardbird

Live-streaming Sunday, November 26 at 7 p.m. ET for $25
Broadway star Reeve Carney, who just wrapped up his run in Hadestown, is performing a Led Zeppelin tribute concert at Chelsea Table + Stage that's also being live-streamed to at-home audiences. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.


Czech National Ballet's The Little Mermaid

Streaming on All Arts on Sunday, November 26 at 8 p.m. ET for FREE

The Czech National Ballet presents a new dance take on Hans Christian Andersen's enduring favorite The Little Mermaid. Recorded live on stage, this evening-length work features choreography by Jan Kodet set to a score by Czech contemporary composer Zbyněk Matějů.


Netflix: Mike Birbiglia's The Old Man and the Pool

Streaming on Netflix for FREE to subscribers
After acclaimed runs in Los Angeles, Chicago and on Broadway, Mike Birbiglia's amusing meditation on mortality, The Old Man and the Pool, comes to Netflix. An insightful and masterful storyteller known for his hits The New One and Sleepwalk with Me, this new solo show delves into the indignities of aging, including doctor's visits, bland diets and eye-opening health scares, all treated with humorous irreverence.


All Arts: Manhattan Theatre Club, a Home for Artists

Streaming on all Arts for FREE

For more than a half century, Manhattan Theatre Club has been one of NYC's most influential and innovative nonprofit companies, initially Off-Off Broadway, now on Broadway and beyond. This new All Arts documentary traces the 50-plus-year history of this venerated institution and features its two longtime leaders, artistic director Lynne Meadow and recently retired executive producer Barry Grove, as well as interviews with Christine Baranski, André De Shields, Laura Linney, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sam Waterston and others who have spent time on MTC's stages.


Summoners Ensemble Theatre: A Christmas Carol

Streaming until Saturday, December 30 for a suggested donation of $25 or more

Every December, John Kevin Jones stars in this singular solo adaptation of Charles Dickens' holiday classic mounted at the 19th-century Merchant's House Museum in the East Village. In this historic setting, he plays Dickens performing all the characters in his ghost tale of redemption, just like the Victorian author did back in the day. If you can't make it to the in-person production this season, you can stream a recording at home.


Julie Taymor's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Streaming on All Arts for FREE

Here's a holiday treat: Julie Taymor's enchanting mounting of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which was recorded live on stage at Brooklyn's Theatre for a New Audience. Stage stalwarts Tina Benko, David Harewood and Max Casella lead the cast of Shakespeare's beloved romantic comedy about young lovers and magical sprites crossing paths in the woods. Taymor puts her creative stamp on the classic, which features projections, puppets and more than a dozen children as fairies.


Raven Snook is the Editor of TDF Stages. Follow her on Facebook at @Raven.Snook. Follow TDF on Facebook at @TDFNYC.