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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 five best options to stream this weekend, Friday, April 7 to Sunday, April 9, for free or at low cost.
Streaming on Friday, April 7 at 7 p.m. ET for $5
The rhythm is gonna get you when you watch a recording of the inaugural Rhythm in Motion festival from 2013. Featured hoofers included Brenda Bufalino, Max Pollak's Rumba Tap and the Tap City Youth Ensemble, with live music performed by vocalist Aaron Marcellus, pianist Theo Hill, Joe Fonda on bass and Bernice "Boom Boom" Brooks on drums.
Streaming for £7.99, approximately $10
One of the theatre's great leading ladies, two-time Tony winner Laurie Metcalf, is returning to Broadway later this spring in Grey House. But this weekend you can marvel at her breathtaking talent in this critically acclaimed production of Long Day's Journey into Night, which was recorded on London's West End in 2012. Metcalf is absolutely shattering as drug-addicted matriarch Mary Tyrone in Eugene O'Neill's semi-autobiographical masterpiece about the ultimate dysfunctional family. Tony nominee David Suchet (Amadeus, Poirot) costars as her domineering and delusional husband.
Streaming on Apple TV+
Cinco Paul's euphonious and euphoric send-up of classic musicals is back for season 2! Once again, in-trouble couple Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key stumble upon a magical musical town, only this time the residents are performing parodies of songs from Broadway shows from the '60s and '70s, such as Cabaret, Chicago, Pippin, Godspell and Hair. Like season 1, some of Broadway's best costar in this song-and-shtick-filled series, including Ariana DeBose, Kristin Chenoweth, Aaron Tveit, Martin Short, Alan Cumming, Ann Harada and Jane Krakowski, with the exciting new addition of Tituss Burgess. Schimadoon! is free to stream for Apple TV+ subscribers. You can get a seven-day free trial, however this series runs until May 3, so you may want to try it once all six episodes are available.
Streaming on Paramount+
Paramount+ debuts this new musical series, a prequel to Grease that tells the origin story of Rydell High's most infamous girl gang. Broadway favorite Jackie Hoffman (Hairspray, Xanadu) is the pent-up assistant principal, while The Book of Mormon's Shanel Bailey is one of the leaders of the Pink Ladies pack. Expect familiar tunes as well as new '50s-style numbers written by Justin Tranter. Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies is free to stream for Paramount+ subscribers. You can get a seven-day free trial, however this series runs until June 8, so you may want to try it once all 10 episodes are available.
Streaming until Sunday, May 14 for $15
Last summer, famed Berkshires dance festival Jacob's Pillow presented an evening of work by Dance Heginbotham in collaboration with acclaimed jazz composer and pianist Ethan Iverson, and now you can stream a recording from home. The program features three pieces: a revival of 2015's Easy Win and two world premieres, The Understudies performed by John Heginbotham and Amber Star Merkens, and Dance Sonata.
Top image: Laurie Metcalf and David Suchet in Long Day's Journey Into Night, which was recorded live on the West End in 2012. Photo by Alastair Muir.