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Top 5 Stage Performances to Stream This Weekend August 18-20

By: Raven Snook
Date: Aug 17, 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 18 to Sunday, August 20, for free or at low cost.

Battery Dance Festival

Live-streaming Friday, August 18 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 wraps up on Friday with a closing night lineup that includes tap, ballet, contemporary and a performance by the namesake company, Battery Dance. Register to receive the live-stream link. Recordings of all seven evenings are available on demand throughout the weekend.

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The Green Room 42: Thank You for the Music: A Tribute to ABBA

Live-streaming on Saturday, August 19 at 7 p.m. ET for $26

Mamma mia! An impressive lineup of up-and-coming performers, including Jimmy Award winner Nicholas Barrón, croon the hits of ABBA. Get ready to harmonize along to "Dancing Queen," Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!," "I Have a Dream" and more. Live-streaming directly from The Green Room 42 in Midtown. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.

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The Green Room 42: Liz McCartney: One Fine Day

Live-streaming on Sunday, August 20 at 7 p.m. ET for $26

Broadway belter and current Funny Girl star Liz McCartney shares stories and songs about her life and career in One Fine Day. A veteran of 14 Broadway productions, including The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Mamma Mia and Annie, this consummate musical theatre character actress takes us through the highs and lows of her showbiz journey. Live-streaming directly from The Green Room 42 in Midtown. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.

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PBS Great Performances: Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age

Streaming until Thursday, August 31 for FREE

PBS Great Performances presents Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age, the sequel to the award-winning 2003 documentary Broadway: The Golden Age, By the Legends Who Were There, written, directed and produced by the late Rick McKay. Hosted by two-time Tony nominee Jonathan Groff, this film focuses on Broadway between 1959 and 1980, and features a starry lineup of artists sharing remembrances about the original productions of Once Upon a Mattress, Bye Bye Birdie, Pippin, A Chorus Line, Ain't Misbehavin' and other beloved shows. Enjoy interviews with Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Glenn Close, André De Shields, Jane Fonda, Robert Goulet, Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera, Dick Van Dyke and Ben Vereen alongside rare vintage clips.

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Ars Nova Supra

Multiple shows streaming for $15 a month

Ars Nova, the boundary-pushing, star-making Off-Broadway theatre that helped launch Lin-Manuel Miranda and Broadway's The Great Comet, just announced its new season. Celebrate by checking out some of the incredible recordings in its Supra archive, including an outrageous solo show by Aladdin's Juwan Crawley, the folk-rock musical Lottie and the Deep Blue Sea and multiple editions of Showgasm.

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Top image: Battery Dance organizes the annual in-person Battery Dance Festival, which is also being streamed to at-home audiences. Photo courtesy of Battery Dance.

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