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Top 5 Stage Performances to Stream This Weekend June 14-16 Including the Tony Awards

By: Raven Snook
Date: Jun 12, 2024
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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 curated list spotlights the five best options to stream this weekend, Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 16, for free or at low cost.

Live from 54 Below: Robert Bannon’s Pride Playlist

Live-streaming Friday, June 14 at 9:45 p.m. ET for $28.50
Celebrate Pride Month with performer and personality Robert Bannon, who's crooning a concert of LGBTQ favorites, including his viral anthem "I Think He Knew". Fabulous special guests include Lempicka's Natalie Joy Johnson and Mauricio Martínez from On Your Feet!. Streaming live from 54 Below's swanky stage. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.

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The 2024 Tony Awards

Live-streaming Sunday, June 16 starting at 6:30 p.m. for FREE

West Side Story Oscar winner Ariana DeBose returns to host the Tony Awards for the third year in a row! Unlike 2023, when there was a writers' strike, she'll have a script this time (for better or worse). There will be numbers from Best Musical nominees Illinoise, Suffs, Water for Elephants, The Outsiders and Hell's Kitchen, along with Best Musical Revival nominees The Who’s Tommy, Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club and Merrily We Roll Along, and Best Score nominee Stereophonic. As in recent years, the broadcast will be split in two. From 6:30 to 8 p.m. ET, Julianne Hough and Freestyle Love Supreme alum Utkarsh Ambudkar will host The Tony Awards: Act One, which streams for free on Pluto TV and includes the presentation of statuettes in several categories. The main event airs from 8 to 11 p.m. ET on CBS, although if you subscribe to Paramount+ you can watch there as well. We'll be updating the winners in real time here on TDF Stages, and sharing photos and videos from the event on Instagram. If you want to enjoy the Tony Awards with others, Skylar Astin is hosting a FREE watch party at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park that includes a simulcast of the ceremony as well as live performances from Broadway favorites.

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PBS Great Performances: Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch

Streaming on PBS until Friday, July 19.

Purlie Victorious is up for six Tony Awards, including Best Revival, Best Director for Kenny Leon and acting nods for stars Leslie Odom, Jr. and Kara Young. Before the ceremony this Sunday, you can revisit this lauded Broadway production courtesy of PBS Great Performances. Subtitled "A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch," this politically charged comedy centers on a Black preacher (Odom) who returns to his rural Georgia hometown hell-bent on winning back his church and freeing his people from an exploitative overseer (Jay O. Sanders). Witty, wise and timelier than ever.

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MAX: Alex Edelman: Just for Us

Streaming for free to MAX subscribers.

This hit solo show wasn't eligible for Tony consideration, but its writer and star, Alex Edelman, is receiving a special Tony Award for the production, which is streaming on MAX. For much of his comedy career, Edelman didn't like to get political on stage. But some upsetting anti-Semitic tweets and a public invitation to a white nationalist meeting in Queens prompted him to change trajectory. The result is Just for Us, a hilarious and harrowing one-man comedy about coming face-to-face with hate. It's insightful standup that makes you want to stand up to intolerance everywhere.

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National Theatre at Home: Till the Stars Come Down

Streaming for $10.

In 2020, London's lauded National Theatre launched its own streaming service featuring professional stage captures of its productions. While you can buy a subscription, shows are also available to rent individually. New to the roster is Till the Stars Come Down, Beth Steel's hilarious and heartrending dramedy about a wedding that descends into chaos. Bijan Sheibani directs this acclaimed play, which was recorded live on stage in London earlier this year. A 72-hour rental costs $10 and captions are available. It's just one of many fantastic National Theatre shows you can stream, so be sure to browse the entire list.

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Raven Snook is the Editor of TDF Stages. Follow her on Facebook at @Raven.Snook. Follow TDF on Facebook at @TDFNYC.