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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 Memorial Day Weekend, Friday, May 26 to Monday, May 29, for free or at low cost.
Airing on TV on PBS Thirteen on Friday, May 26 at 9 p.m. ET for FREE. Available to stream online until Friday, June 23.
PBS Great Performances presents Sutton Foster in P.G. Wodehouse and Cole Porter's effervescent musical comedy Anything Goes, which was recorded live on stage in London in 2021. After winning a 2011 Tony Award for her brassy performance as nightclub singer Reno Sweeney in director-choreographer Kathleen Marshall's critically acclaimed revival of this classic, Foster reprised the role on the West End opposite Tony winner Robert Lindsay, Felicity Kendal and Gary Wilmot. Marshall again oversaw this zany tale of romance and intrigue on the high seas featuring iconic songs, including "I Get a Kick Out of You," "You're the Top" and the title tune. Need more Great Performances? PBS is also streaming Richard III starring Danai Gurira and Celebrating 50 Years of Broadway's Best, an all-star concert hosted by Sutton Foster.
Live-streaming Saturday, May 27 at 7 p.m. ET for $25
Cabaret legend Marilyn Maye marks her 95th birthday in song! Backed by her world-class jazz trio, the nifty nonagenarian will put her indelible stamp on American songbook standards and Broadway show tunes while sharing stories from her eight-decade career (she started performing professionally at 14!) Streaming live from 54 Below's swanky stage. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.
Streaming on Saturday, May 27 at 7 and 10 p.m., and Sunday, May 28 at 2 p.m. ET for $20
After a hit run Off Broadway, Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical streams for one weekend only! 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.
Airing on TV on PBS Thirteen on Sunday, May 28 at 8 p.m. ET for FREE. Available to stream online until Sunday, June 11.
PBS presents the annual National Memorial Day Concert honoring the military service and sacrifice of all our folks in uniform. Streamed live from Washington, DC, the evening features a starry lineup, including Broadway vets Megan Hilty and John Slattery as well as Joe Mantegna, Gary Sinise, Dulé Hill, S. Epatha Merkerson and various military bands.
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 the company's acclaimed 2022 mounting of Shakespeare's beloved rom-com Much Ado About Nothing starring Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd) and John Heffernan (Becoming Elizabeth) as the snark-crossed lovers Beatrice and Benedick. 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.
Top image: Sutton Foster and company in Anything Goes, which begins streaming this weekend on PBS for FREE. Photo by Tristram Kenton.