Read about NYC's best theatre and dance productions and watch video interviews with innovative artists
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 9 to Sunday, December 11, for free or at low cost.
Streaming indefinitely for FREE
Hadestown Tony winner André De Shields shows off his powerhouse pipes, flashy moves and fabulous style (there are multiple costume changes!) in this 100-minute concert, which was recorded live at Lincoln Center's The Appel Room in January 2020. Cheekily titled Old Dawg; New Tricks, this autobiographical cabaret traces the evolution of his illustrious career, which includes star turns in the musicals The Full Monty, Ain't Misbehavin' and The Wiz, as he croons an eclectic lineup of classic rock, blues and musical theatre tunes.
Streaming indefinitely on Disney+
She became a star as the original Maureen in Rent, won a Tony for her soaring turn as Elphaba in Wicked and voiced Elsa in the animated smash Frozen. But Idina Menzel had another dream and she could not let it go: to headline a concert at Madison Square Garden. This new documentary chronicles her 2018 tour as Menzel balances motherhood and divadom in her lead up to her MSG debut.
Streaming until Saturday, December 31 for FREE
PBS Great Performances presents Keeping Company with Sondheim, a documentary about director Marianne Elliott's gender-swapped revival of Company, which won the 2022 Tony Award for best musical revival. Filmed over two years, the doc features rehearsal and performance footage from pre- and post-shutdown, plus interviews with Elliott, the late, great Stephen Sondheim, stars Katrina Lenk and Patti LuPone, and members of the musical's original 1970 cast.
Streaming indefinitely for $10
Writer-performer Orlando Bishop shares the hilarious and heartbreaking story of his life in Unstuck as F@#k, a no-holds-barred solo show. Directed by Almost Famous star Anika Larsen and filmed live on stage, the 70-minute piece delves into his challenging upbringing in Flatbush, Brooklyn, his college experiences at Yale and how he found his calling as an LA-based comedian and diversity consultant.
Streaming until Saturday, December 31 for $15
The acclaimed Oregon Shakespeare Festival and its innovative artistic director, Nataki Garrett, present The Cymbeline Project, a 10-episode digital exploration of Shakespeare's problem play about power and agency. The series intertwines filmed excerpts from the drama with artist interviews to delve into the layers of this complicated and rarely mounted work. Stream all episodes now for one low price!
Top image: André De Shields, whose hourlong concert is streaming for free all weekend. Photo by Lia Chang.