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In-person shows have been back for over a year now, but sometimes we want to get our theatre fix at home. Thankfully, there are still wonderful stage performances to watch online. Our carefully curated list spotlights the five best performances to stream this weekend, Friday, December 2 to Sunday, December 4, for free or at low cost.
Live-streaming on Sunday, December 3 at 7 p.m. ET for $19
NYC-based songwriter Michael Mott is hosting a holiday cabaret with some of his famous friends, including Broadway favorites Jeremy Jordan (Newsies, Bonnie & Clyde) and Teal Wicks (The Cher Show, Wicked). Enjoy classic seasonal songs along with Mott's original tunes. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.
Streaming indefinitely for $3.99
Recorded in 2020 during the shutdown, this modern-day musical take on the old Christmas chestnut comes from John Caird and Paul Gordon, the team behind Broadway's Jane Eyre, and incorporates popular characters and plot lines from multiple Charles Dickens' novels. Betsy Wolfe (& Juliet) is the title character, a ruthless real estate mogul, who heads to her hometown for the holidays to foreclose on a hotel for the homeless run by her childhood sweetheart, Philip "Pip" Nickleby (Clifton Duncan). But soon three spirits arrive to scare her sweet. Jagged Little Pill Tony winner Lauren Patten, Moulin Rouge! Tony winner Danny Burstein and Hadestown's Patrick Page costar.
Streaming indefinitely for FREE
Broadway favorites Martha Plimpton, T.R. Knight, Cheyenne Jackson and Audra McDonald headline Hello Again, a movie adaptation of Michael John LaChiusa's 1993 musical about 10 lost souls navigating life and love in 10 different historic periods in NYC. It's like 10 mini musicals, including one in which Audra sings pop with Auto-Tune! A curio, to be sure, but worth a watch.
Streaming indefinitely for $10
Before you roll your eyes at another TikTok-inspired musical, check out the creative team. New York Theatre Workshop's newly minted artistic director Patricia McGregor helms this digital tuner about a group of aspiring influencers living in Hollywood who try to tweet, gram and vlog their way to social media stardom. Featuring numbers by a diverse array of up-and-coming songwriters, choreography by Paula Abdul and a script by Jackson Prince, it's a comedic exploration of identity and fame in the oversharing era. Plus, Lisa Loeb has a cameo!
Streaming indefinitely on HBO Max
As the mom of a high school senior, I am excited/terrified to watch My So-Called High School Rank, a documentary about the development of the musical Ranked inspired by students' stories about the competitive college application process. Devised before the pandemic at Granite Bay High School in Sacramento, CA, the show took off during the shutdown, with institutions across the country asking to mount their own productions on Zoom. The musical's talented creators and some of the students who've performed the show discuss its unexpected journey.
Streaming on Playbill until Saturday, December 3 for FREE
Last month, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS presented Remember the Ribbon: A Tribute to World AIDS Day, an annual, in-person evening of songs and stories honoring those impacted by HIV/AIDS, and a recording is now available to stream. Enjoy performances and presentations by Carolee Carmello, Darius Anthony Harper and others.
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Top image: Danny Burstein and Betsy Wolfe in Estella Scrooge, which is streaming for the holiday season. Photo courtesy of Tyler Milliron.