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 4 to Sunday, August 6, for free or at low cost.
Live-streaming on Friday, August 4 at 9:30 p.m. ET for $26
Broadway vet (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), cabaret star and original Bare: A Pop Opera showstopper Natalie Joy Johnson and her longtime pianist Brian Nash share songs and outrageous stories in an anything-can-happen evening of belting and debauchery. Live-streaming directly from The Green Room 42 in Midtown. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.
Live-streaming Sunday, August 6 at 9:45 p.m. ET for $25
Attention Gleeks! Broadway vets, including Mariah Lyttle (Bad Cinderella), Nicole Lamb (SIX), Micaela Lamas (Dear Evan Hansen) and Brandon Cameron (Hadestown) belt out songs that Glee repopularized, from "Don't Stop Believing" to "Loser Like Me." Streaming live from the cabaret club's swanky stage. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.
Streaming for $2.99
After years of not being available, Lonny Price's invaluable documentary Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened is once again streaming. The acclaimed movie chronicles the tumultuous making of the original Broadway production of Merrily We Roll Along as well as what happened to the young artists involved in the infamous Stephen Sondheim-Hal Prince flop. Price, the director, was in the cast and he's lovingly put together this bittersweet tribute to the heartbreak of making art, which features incredible archival footage alongside thoughtful modern-day interviews. A compelling companion piece to Merrily We Roll Along, which returns to Broadway in a new mounting next month.
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 gerstl took the easy way out online, a metatheatrical take on the real-life love triangle between painter Richard Gerstl, composer Arnold Schoenberg and the latter's wife Mathilde.
Streaming until Monday, August 28, many shows are FREE or pay-what-you-can
The world's largest arts festival, Scotland's Edinburgh Festival Fringe, is back in person this year, but dozens of offerings are also being streamed to adventurous at-home audiences. 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.
Top image: Lonny Price, Ann Morrison and Jim Walton in the original Broadway production of Merrily We Roll Along, which is the subject of the documentary Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened.