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, July 14 to Sunday, July 16, for free or at low cost.
Streaming on Saturday, July 15 at 5 a.m., 2, 7 and 10 p.m. ET for $20
After a hit run Off Broadway, Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical streams for one more day! Picture it: Hawkins, Indiana, 1983, a time when life was easier, hair was bigger and unsupervised children were going on deadly, interdimensional adventures. Recorded live on stage, this over-the-top send-up of Netflix's Stranger Things is filled with pop-culture references, pubescent angst, heavy synth, poor parenting, convoluted love triangles, cheap effects, scenery chewing and crooning creatures. It's song-filled, sci-fi silliness.
Live-streaming Saturday, July 15 at 7 p.m. ET for $25
Tichina Arnold and Beth Behrs may be best known as costars on the hit CBS sitcom The Neighborhood but they both started out singing. Arnold was just a teen when she made her film debut as Crystal in the movie of Little Shop of Horrors and went on to play Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West in the City Center Encores! mounting of The Wiz. Meanwhile, Berhs is a classically trained singer who starred in the musical Dangling Conversations: The Music of Simon and Garfunkel. Now the multitalented friends are teaming up for FAME-ish, a freewheeling cabaret show featuring singing, dancing and behind-the-scenes stories from their overlapping careers. Streaming live from 54 Below's swanky stage. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.
Live-streaming Sunday, July 16 at 7 p.m. ET for $25
Robert W. Schneider and Shannon Agnew's invaluable tome Fifty Key Stage Musicals comes to life on stage in a starry concert. Broadway vets will talk about and sing from the seminal shows that shaped their careers and the industry, including Tony-nominated performers Christine Andreas (Oklahoma!, On Your Toes), Lee Roy Reams (42nd Street, The Producers) and Stephen Mo Hanan (Cats, Peter Pan). Book author Schneider will also be on hand to share trivia and anecdotes about these legendary tuners. Live-streaming from 54 Below's swanky stage. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.
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 available to live-stream at home, with a recording available through the last day of the festival. This week, you can watch Zebra 2.0 online, which explores the burgeoning relationship between an undocumented immigrant woman and an AI entity.
Streaming all weekend for FREE
Visionary director Wim Wenders helms this critically acclaimed documentary about the legendary dance-maker Pina Bausch, who died in 2009. The feature includes archival footage of the groundbreaking German choreographer along with breathtaking recreations of her iconic works.
Top image: Tichina Arnold and Beth Behrs, who are performing a cabaret together at 54 Below this Saturday that will be live-streamed to at-home audiences.