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Taylor Mac in A 24-Decade History of Popular Music

Top 5 Stage Performances to Stream This Weekend June 30-July 2

By: Raven Snook
Date: Jun 29, 2023
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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 carefully curated list spotlights the five best options to stream this weekend, Friday, June 30 to Sunday, July 2, for free or at low cost.

Live from 54 Below: Amber Gray: Gray Matter

Live-streaming Saturday, July 1 at 7 p.m. ET for $25
Sultry and sassy Hadestown Tony nominee Amber Gray makes her NYC solo concert debut with Gray Matter, which chronicles her lifelong passion for music, from singing in choirs as a child in school and church, to performing numbers on Broadway and beyond by cutting-edge songwriters Dave Malloy, Anaïs Mitchell and Heather Christian. Streaming live from 54 Below's swanky stage. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.

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Live from 54 Below: A Tribute to Howard Ashman and Alan Menken

Live-streaming Sunday, July 2 at 7 p.m. ET for $25
Broadway alums including Tony nominee Melissa Errico, Aladdin Genie Juwan Crawley and KPOP's John Yi celebrate the oeuvre of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, the songwriters behind Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. Here's hoping this concert also includes tunes from their first but lesser-known collaboration Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. Streaming live from 54 Below's swanky stage. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.

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MAX: Taylor Mac's 24-Decade History of Popular Music

Streaming on MAX, which is free to subscribers
For one glorious and giddy 24-hour period in October 2016, the ingenious Taylor Mac performed the entirety of his epic A 24-Decade History of Popular Music in one shot, insisting audiences stay awake with him through 246 songs taken from every decade of our country's history. Now MAX is airing a much-shorter documentary about that legendary undertaking, featuring footage from the performance as well as interviews with Mac, costume designer Machine Dazzle and makeup artist Anastasia Durasova. If you've long regretted missing it (I know I have), this gives you a glimpse of a transcendent and radical event. If, after watching, you want more Mac, his wonderful jazz opera about Socrates, The Hang, is streaming on URHERE.

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Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

Streaming on All Arts for FREE
Matthew Bourne's reimagining of Swan Lake starring a sensual ensemble of male swans was a Tony-winning hit on Broadway two decades ago. This bold ballet production was filmed live on stage in London for PBS Great Performances in 1998, and stars Adam Cooper as The Swan, Scott Ambler as The Prince and Fiona Chadwick as The Queen.

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The Wilma Theater: Twelfth Night

Streaming until Sunday, July 23 for $29
Philadelphia's acclaimed Wilma Theater just wrapped its in-person production of Twelfth Night and now you can watch a recording online. Director Yury Urnov sets Shakespeare's romantic comedy in a nightclub, leaning into the tale's queerness and inclusiveness. Expect disco balls, mermaid tails and wheelie surfboards as a conservative beach town is rocked by the arrival of shipwrecked twins Viola and Sebastian, both played by MK Tuomanen.

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Top image: Taylor Mac in Taylor Mac's 24-Decade History of Popular Music, a documentary about the Pulitzer finalist's groundbreaking epic.

Raven Snook

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