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Top 5 Stage Performances to Stream This Weekend November 3-5

By: Raven Snook
Date: Nov 01, 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, November 3 to Sunday, November 5, for free or at low cost. Remember, daylight saving time ends on Sunday, so set your clock back an hour!


Cyclops: A Rock Opera

Streaming Friday, November 3 at 7 p.m. ET for $10

What's the difference between a hero and a monster? That question is at the heart of this new tuner inspired by the tale of Odysseus and Polyphemus the Cyclops. After a smash run in LA, this mash-up of myth and rock music is finishing up a limited run at The Tank, and you can live-stream the final performance at home. Broadway's Eric William Morris (King Kong) is Odysseus, Freestyle Love Supreme's Aneesa Folds is Dionysus and Aladdin alum Korie Lee Blossey plays the misunderstood one-eyed brute.

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PBS Great Performances: Message in a Bottle

Airing on TV on PBS Thirteen on Friday, November 3 at 9 p.m. ET for FREE. Available to stream online until Friday, December 1.
Acclaimed choreographer Kate Prince is behind this thrilling dance-theatre piece, set to songs by rock icon Sting and his band The Police. Filmed live on stage at London's Sadler's Wells Theatre, this compelling performance follows a migrant family risking everything to find a new home. The score includes 17 hits by the Grammy-winning artist, including "Every Breath You Take," "Roxanne" and "Walking on the Moon."

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Chelsea Table + Stage: Michael Lee Brown in Concert

Live-streaming Saturday, November 4 at 7 p.m. ET for $25
Rising star and Dear Evan Hansen alum Michael Lee Brown performs Broadway and pop standards along with his own original tunes at this one-night-only concert. Surprise special guests are promised. Streaming live from Chelsea Table + Stage. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.

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Live from 54 Below: Norbert Leo Butz Sings Torch Songs for a Pandemic

Live-streaming Sunday, November 5 at 7 p.m. ET for $25
Two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz (Wicked, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Catch Me If You Can, My Fair Lady) presents an encore performance of his intensely personal solo show. The Broadway star spent much of the pandemic shooting the short-lived NBC series Debris in Canada. This intimate set was inspired by his time in isolation while doing the TV show, as he explores themes of alienation, anxiety and hope. Don't expect to hear songs from his stage career; instead, he'll play his own arrangements on piano and guitar of tunes by pop and rock royalty, including Bruce Springsteen, Dolly Parton, Peter Gabriel, Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell and Fleetwood Mac. Streaming live from the cabaret hub's swanky stage. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.

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Roundabout Theatre Company: The Refocus Project

Streaming until Sunday, November 19 for FREE
Roundabout Theatre Company presents season three of The Refocus Project, an initiative to expand the canon of classics by spotlighting undersung works by playwrights of color. Earlier this year, Roundabout hosted four in-person readings of shows by Asian American and Pacific Islander dramatists, and now you can stream those performances at home. The plays are Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl's Ola nā Iwi, about a Hawaiian trying to repatriate stolen bones; Anuvab Pal's Chaos Theory, about a pair of Indian immigrants who become professors at Columbia University; Prince Gomolvilas' Big Hunk o' Burnin' Love, about a family secret that upends a 30-year-old's life; and Velina Hasu Houston's Tea, centering on four Japanese wives of American servicemen living in the US. In order to view the videos, you must share your name and email address. Captions are available.

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