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, June 2 to Sunday, June 4, for free or at low cost.
Live-streaming Friday, June 2 at 9:45 p.m. ET for $25
Kick off Pride Month with performer and personality Robert Bannon, who's crooning a concert of LGBTQ favorites, including the viral anthem "I Think He Knew". Streaming live from 54 Below's swanky stage. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.
Streaming on URHERE for $10
On a bitterly cold night in January 2021, I attended an unforgettable show at HERE: The Hang, a fabulous jazz opera about a gathering of iconoclasts around Socrates' deathbed. Co-written by and starring Pulitzer finalist Taylor Mac as the doomed philosopher, it was a thought-provoking and eye-popping extravaganza celebrating community, queerness and the power of connection. With music by Mac's frequent collaborator Matt Ray and jaw-dropping design by Machine Dazzle, this is a must-see that's now available to watch courtesy of HERE's streaming service URHERE. The site is a little tricky to navigate, but once you create a log in, just hover over the circles to figure out where to go. The Hang is available to watch for $10, though monthly subscriptions are also available if you want to check out all the gems in the archive, including Basil Twist's phenomenal Symphonie Fantastique.
Streaming on YouTube for FREE
Theater of War Productions, a company that uses classical texts to address contemporary issues, recently presented an in-person performance of The Nurse Antigone and now a recording is available online. Professional actors, including Kathryne Erbe (Law & Order: Criminal Intent), Ato Blankson-Wood (Slave Play), David Strathairn (Nomadland) and Anthony Edwards (Top Gun), and medical professionals share excerpts from Sophocles' tragedy that help illuminate what nurses have gone through during the pandemic. Afterward, director-adapter Bryan Doerries facilitates an open discussion about the cost of silencing and marginalizing caregivers, especially during times of crisis. It's political performance at its most powerful.
Streaming on All Arts for FREE
NJ PBS' American Songbook at NJPAC series presents divas of Broadway and beyond in this soaring concert. Broadway's original Annie Andrea McArdle, two-time Tony winner Christine Ebersole, nonagenarian cabaret legend Marilyn Maye and Tony winner Jessie Mueller perform some of their signature songs in this exhilarating hour-long compilation of standouts.
Streaming on StreamingMusicals for $8
After a long run Off Broadway, Eric B. Sirota's musical adaptation of the classic horror story Frankenstein is reimagined for digital consumption. A stage-cinema hybrid, this cautionary tale of a scientist who plays God was remounted for this unique performance
Top image: Taylor Mac (right) in The Hang, which is streaming on URHERE. Photo by Maria Baranova.