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In-person shows have been back for over a year now, but sometimes we want to get our theatre fix at home. Thankfully, there are still wonderful stage performances to watch online. Our carefully curated list spotlights the five best performances to stream this weekend, Friday, November 18 to Sunday, November 20, for free or at low cost.
Streaming indefinitely for FREE
Roundabout Theatre Company is currently presenting a revolutionary revival of Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone's Tony-winning musical about the contentious events leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. But if you're curious about the original production, Tubi is streaming this 1972 movie adaptation featuring many members of the Broadway cast. Stars William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Ken Howard and John Cullum reprise their stage performances as John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Edward Rutledge, respectively, and Peter Hunt, who helmed the show on Broadway, directs.
Streaming indefinitely for FREE
With the news that Bob Fosse's DANCIN' will be revived on Broadway next spring, it's the perfect time to revisit his fantastical, semi-autobiographical cinematic masterpiece All That Jazz. Roy Scheider stars as theatre director and choreographer Joe Gideon, a troubled genius and womanizer trying to balance his personal and professional obligations. The cast includes many Broadway vets, including Ben Vereen, John Lithgow and the late Ann Reinking, and it's full of Broadway references. A must-(re)see!
Streaming for $25 until Sunday, November 20
On Monday, NYC's Red Bull Theater presented an in-person reading of The Duchess of Malfi and you can watch a recording through Sunday. In John Webster's Jacobean revenge tragedy, the title character's great romance sparks a series of horrific events examining themes of class and sexism. Jesse Berger directs a cast that includes Broadway regulars Shirine Babb, Maurice Jones, Alfredo Narciso and Matthew Rauch.
Streaming Sunday, November 20 at 2 p.m. ET for $10
The Museum of Jewish Heritage is presenting an in-person performance of this new family musical, which will also be live-streamed to at-home audiences. Based on the picture book by Elsa Okon Rael, When Zaydeh Danced on Eldridge Street stars Jordan Charney as the title character, a stern Lower East Side grandfather who takes his granddaughter Zeesie to shul on Simchat Torah 1935 while her mother gives birth to her baby brother. A heartwarming family tale.
New online streaming theatre platform, prices vary
Off-Off Broadway's invaluable indie theatre hub HERE is bringing its innovative offerings to the digital realm. URHERE is a brand-new streaming platform offering intriguing premieres as well as archival recordings. It launches this week with virtual theatre pioneer Jared Mezzocchi's Section 230, a live-streamed exploration of a 1996 law that helped shape our online world. Tickets start at $10. If you miss it, don't worry: More cutting-edge digital content is coming soon!
Raven Snook is the Editor of TDF Stages. Follow her at @RavenSnook. Follow TDF at @TDFNYC.
Top image: Howard Da Silva, William Daniels and Ken Howard in 1776, which is streaming for free on Tubi. Photos courtesy of Columbia Pictures.