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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, May 12 to Sunday, May 14, for free or at low cost.
Live-streaming Friday, May 12 at 7 p.m. ET for $21.50
Although nontraditional casting is gaining traction in the theatre industry, the stats still prove white folks win most of the roles. All the more reason to tune in to this concert featuring performers of Asian-American Pacific Islander descent crooning tunes from roles they've always wanted to play. Casting directors, take note! Live-streaming directly from The Green Room 42 in Midtown. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.
Airing on TV on PBS Thirteen on Friday, May 12 at 9 p.m. ET for FREE. Available to stream online until Friday, June 9.
In honor of Great Performances' 50th anniversary, the invaluable series presents Celebrating 50 Years of Broadway's Best featuring a jaw-dropping lineup of stage stars singing iconic show tunes from the past half century. Recorded live on stage at Lincoln Center earlier this year and hosted by Sutton Foster, the 90-minute concert includes Corbin Bleu in an exhilarating tap number from Jelly’s Last Jam; a tribute to A Chorus Line with Donna McKechnie and Robyn Hurder; Wiz star André De Shields belting out "So You Wanted to See the Wizard;" "She Used to Be Mine" from Waitress sung by Sara Bareilles; Chita Rivera crooning her signature tune "All That Jazz" from Chicago; a 20-year medley by Rob McClure; plus Shoshana Bean, Raúl Esparza, James Monroe Iglehart, Ledisi, Norm Lewis, Patina Miller, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jessie Mueller, Mamie Parris, Solea Pfeiffer, Britton Smith, Jessica Vosk and Vanessa Williams.
Live-streaming Saturday, May 13 at 7 p.m. ET for $25
NYC cabaret impresario Scott Siegel presents this musical tribute to one of the most honored songwriters of the 20th century, winner of three Academy Awards, six Grammys, an Emmy and a Tony nomination. A diverse lineup of singers, including Broadway vets Kendrick Jones, Ryan Knowles and Michael Winther, croons some of Burt Bacharach's popular tunes, including "Anyone Who Had a Heart," "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," "Close to You," "I Say a Little Prayer" and "Walk on By." Streaming live from the cabaret hub's swanky stage. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.
Live-streaming Sunday, May 14 at 7 p.m. ET for $19
Catch a concert presentation of the new musical parody R.E.D. Hat Fight Club by award-winning songwriter Joel B. New about a middle-aged milliner who falls for a mysterious stranger and launches an underground fight club. Wendy Makkena of the Sister Act movies stars in this outrageously funny show. Live-streaming directly from The Green Room 42 in Midtown. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.
Streaming until Sunday, June 18 for $15
In summer 2021, famed Berkshires dance festival Jacob's Pillow presented the world premiere of Like Water, a work commissioned especially for the venerable Dallas Black Dance Theatre by lauded choreographer Darrell Grand Moultrie. For the next month, you can watch a recording of this thrilling piece, which also marked the dance troupe's Jacob's Pillow debut.
Top image: Sutton Foster and company in Great Performances: Celebrating 50 Years of Broadway. Photo by Joseph Sinnott.