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Top 5 Stage Performances to Stream This Weekend August 11-13

By: Raven Snook
Date: Aug 08, 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 five best options to stream this weekend, Friday, August 11 to Sunday, August 13, for free or at low cost.

Live from 54 Below: Ann Hampton Callaway Sings the Seventies

Live-streaming Saturday, August 12 7 p.m. ET for $25

In this intimate concert, Tony nominee Ann Hampton Callaway (Swing!, the theme from The Nanny) covers the iconic songs of the '70s, including hits by Carole King, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, John Lennon, The Carpenters, Linda Ronstadt, Barbra Streisand and Roberta Flack. Streaming live from the cabaret hub's swanky stage. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.


Battery Dance Festival

Live-streaming Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13 at 7 p.m. ET for FREE

The 42nd annual Battery Dance Festival is a hybrid event, with all in-person performances live-streamed from Rockefeller Park in lower Manhattan. The seven-day fest kicks off on Saturday with Young Voices in Dance, celebrating choreographers and dancers ages 15 to 22. The Sunday evening program features seven eclectic companies performing hip-hop, contemporary, global and traditional folk dance. Every night through Friday, August 18, you can catch a different lineup. Register to receive the live-stream links.


PBS: Broadway's Brightest Lights

Airing on TV on PBS Thirteen on Sunday, August 13 at 8 p.m. ET for FREE. Not available to stream.
An impressive lineup of Broadway favorites, including Tony nominee Megan Hilty (Smash, 9 to 5), Michael Maliakel (Aladdin) and Nikki Renée Daniels (Company, The Book of Mormon) croon new arrangements of classic show tunes in Broadway's Brightest Lights. Backed by The American Pops Orchestra, the performers put their own spins on "Popular" from Wicked, "The Trolley Song" from Meet Me in St. Louis, "Being Alive" from Company, "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables, "Suddenly Seymour" from Little Shop of Horrors and more. Recorded live on stage earlier this year at Orlando, Florida's Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.


Ice Factory: How I Disappeared

Streaming until Saturday, August 12 for $18
Attention avant-garde theatre lovers: After three decades, the New Ohio Theatre is closing, which means this is the final Ice Factory ever. This Obie-winning fest is all about emerging artists taking risks, with NYC companies invited to present their latest works in progress over four days. The subjects are timely and the offerings diverse, and the second performance of each show will also be live-streamed, with a recording available through the last day of the festival. This week, you can watch How I Disappeared online, a devised multimedia performance piece examining the experiences of Asian immigrant artists in NYC.


All Arts: José Carreras

Streaming all weekend for FREE

José Carreras learned he had leukemia during a rehearsal in 1987. This hour-long documentary chronicles his successful fight against the disease and how he subsequently reinvented himself and his career.


Top image: Megan Hilty, one of the talented performers in Broadway's Brightest Lights, a new concert of classic show tunes airing on PBS Thirteen this Sunday evening.

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