Read about NYC's best theatre and dance productions and watch video interviews with innovative artists
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 five best options to stream this weekend, Friday, April 14 to Sunday, April 16, for free or at low cost.
Live-streaming Friday, April 14 at 7 p.m. ET for $25
Kate Baldwin and Aaron Lazar, who starred in a well-received revival of The Bridges of Madison County at New Jersey's Axelrod Performing Arts Center last year, reunite in concert. Backed by eight members of The American Pops Orchestra, these sumptuous singers will croon numbers from that Jason Robert Brown musical, as well as from roles past and, hopefully, future. Streaming live from the cabaret hub's swanky stage. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.
Airing on TV on PBS Thirteen on Friday, April 14 at 10 p.m. ET and then streaming online for FREE
PBS presents a new episode of NEXT at The Kennedy Center featuring a performance by NYC's lauded dance troupe Ballet Hispánico. Recorded live at the iconic Washington, DC venue, the evening-length Doña Perón is choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's explosive portrait of Argentina's iconic yet divisive Eva "Evita" Peron, set to music by Peter Salem.
Live-streaming Saturday, April 15 at 7 p.m. ET for $21.50
Longtime Broadway lovers may remember diva Sharon McNight for her Tony-nominated performance in Starmites. But over the past three decades, the brassy belter has become a cabaret icon known for gleefully raunchy songs and hilarious, no-holds-barred patter. The California-based crooner returns to NYC with her latest solo show Surviving Cabaret, a musical memoir about her eclectic career featuring a wide range of tunes and outrageous backstage stories. Live-streaming directly from The Green Room 42 in Midtown. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.
Live-streaming on Friday, April 14 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 15 at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 16 at 3 p.m. ET for $59. For 15% off, use code IREP15 at checkout.
If you haven't been able to see Irish Rep's critically acclaimed mounting of Samuel Beckett's absurdist, tragicomic one-act in person, you can live-stream the production's last weekend of performances at home. Tony nominee John Douglas Thompson is Hamm, a domineering man who's blind, immobile and abusive to his downtrodden servant Clov (Tony winner and Beckett aficionado Bill Irwin). Hamm's legless parents (Joe Grifasi and Patrice Johnson Chevannes) are his only other company as they all wait for the inevitable. As with all his plays, Beckett's pitch-black humor has audiences laughing to the grave.
Streaming until Sunday, April 16 for $45Don't miss an evening of unexpected songs with MCC Theater's Miscast23 benefit. Every year, the Off-Broadway theatre hosts a gala featuring stage stars performing numbers from roles they would never play. In years past, videos of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Raúl Esparza singing "A Boy Like That" from West Side Story and Tina Fey and Tituss Burgess one-upping each other in "You're Nothing Without Me" from City of Angels have gone viral. While the in-person event took place earlier this month at Hammerstein Ballroom, you can watch a recording of the entire Miscast23 revue plus backstage interviews and behind-the-scenes footage through Sunday. This year's stellar lineup includes Ben Platt, Annaleigh Ashford and Josh Groban, Bonnie Milligan, LaChanze, Rachel Zegler, Jordan E. Cooper and Jose Llana. This is a surprise-filled must-see for musical lovers.
Top image: John Douglas Thompson and Bill Irwin in Irish Rep's Endgame. Photo by Carol Rosegg.