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Top 5 Stage Performances to Stream This Weekend April 5-7

By: Raven Snook
Date: Apr 04, 2024


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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 curated list spotlights the five best options to stream this weekend, Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 7, for free or at low cost.

New York City Fringe

Various shows live-streaming at various times until Sunday, April 21 at a sliding scale

FRIGID New York is producing the city's first official Fringe festival in five years at various East Village venues. If you can't make it in person, many of the shows are available to live-stream at home. This weekend's online offerings include Kim Barke's searing Blocks of Sensation (Friday at 5:30 p.m. ET) about a scientist and mother battling America's opioid crisis in her lab and at home; NPR host Emil Guillermo's comedic memoir about being Filipino American (Friday at 9:50 p.m. ET); Brokeneck Girls: The Murder Ballad Musical (Saturday at 6 p.m. ET) exploring violence against women in folk music; the interactive Yoga for Billionaires (Saturday at 4:20 p.m. ET); Flossy Follies (Sunday at 4:50 p.m. ET), a burlesque show celebrating body autonomy; and a TransMasculine Cabaret (Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET). Be sure to browse the complete schedule to see what else is streaming!


Theater of War Productions: An Enemy of the People: A Theater Project from America's Hometown

Streaming on Saturday, April 6 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 7 at 4 p.m. for FREE though advance registration is required.
Theater of War Productions, a company that uses classical texts to illuminate contemporary issues, presents scenes from An Enemy of the People, Ibsen's trenchant and timely drama about collective responsibility versus individual interests, which is being revived a lot right now. David Strathairn, Elizabeth Marvel, Bill Camp, former Washington Post theatre critic Peter Marks and others will perform passages from the play followed by a town hall-style discussion about the show's themes moderated by director-adapter Bryan Doerries. These events are FREE but advance registration is required. Register for Saturday, April 6 here. Register for Sunday, April 7 here.


The Green Room 42: ...No the Other One

Live-streaming Sunday, April 7 at 7 p.m. ET for $26.50

Musical theatre up-and-comers celebrate scene-stealing supporting characters in this one-night-only concert. The lineup of talented performers includes Amelia Fei and Ayanna Nicole Thomas from Broadway's How to Dance in Ohio, Grace Slear from the recent Mean Girls movie musical and Alexa Magro from the Hamilton national tour. Live-streaming directly from The Green Room 42 in Midtown. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.


Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman Sing Spirituals

Streaming all weekend for FREE

All Arts shares a gem from its vaults: Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman's legendary 1990 concert of spirituals at Carnegie Hall. Backed by members of the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the two beloved divas perform these rousing religious songs for an enthralled audience that included pioneering Black contralto Marian Anderson.


42nd Street

Streaming all weekend for $9.99

Come on along and listen to the lullaby of Broadway! Catch the acclaimed West End revival of 42nd Street about a spunky chorus girl who goes out a youngster but comes back a star after the leading lady gets injured. Filmed at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 2018, the lavish production features jaw-dropping tap numbers and iconic Broadway songs by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, including "We're in the Money," "Lullaby of Broadway" and the title tune. Bonnie Langford plays the sidelined star Dorothy Brock and Clare Halse is Peggy Sawyer, the nobody who doesn't throw away her shot. The ultimate backstage musical!


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