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, August 25 to Sunday, August 27, for free or at low cost.
Live-streaming on Friday at 8:30 p.m. ET for FREE
Come next month, the late, great Stephen Sondheim will have three musicals running in New York City: critically acclaimed revivals of Sweeney Todd and Merrily We Roll Along and the world premiere of his final show Here We Are. So it's the perfect moment to discuss his life and legacy. THEATER: All the Moving Parts host Patrick Pacheco welcomes musical mavens David Benedict, Juan A. Ramírez, Ruthie Fierberg and others to discuss Sondheim's work and share excerpts from his shows as well as archival interviews with the man himself.
Live-streaming Saturday, August 26 at 7 p.m. ET for $25
Broadway's Ben Crawford, who was the penultimate Phantom of the Opera, sings his favorite songs in this intimate concert. Expect an eclectic lineup, including beloved show tunes by Stephen Sondheim, Alan Menken and Lerner & Loewe, classic pop by Hall & Oates and new pop by Gareth Donkin. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.
Streaming until Monday, August 28, many shows are FREE or pay-what-you-can
The 2023 edition of the world's largest arts festival, Scotland's Edinburgh Festival Fringe, ends on Monday, but until then you can catch dozens of its offerings online. Check out performances by artists from around the world, including cutting-edge comedy, experimental theatre, wacky musicals and the indefinable. Some shows cost money, others are free; some are available on demand, others have specific start times. Browse the streaming options to see what piques your interest.
Streaming all weekend for FREE
There's a critically acclaimed immersive revival of Guys & Dolls running in London that's rumored to be coming to Broadway. Until that's official, enjoy the 1955 movie adaptation of the classic musical about gangsters, gamblers and their gals, starring Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons and Vivian Blaine, and featuring Frank Loesser's iconic score, including "If I Were a Bell," "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat," "A Bushel and a Peck" and "Luck Be a Lady."
Streaming for FREE all weekend
With Leonard Bernstein being back in the news because of the upcoming biopic, it's an excellent time to revisit his work. This superb performance of the legendary composer's Symphony No. 3: Kaddish features the Chicago Symphony Chorus and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Top image: Ben Crawford, the penultimate Phantom of the Opera, who's live-streaming a concert on Saturday night. Photo by Matt Murphy.