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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 4 to Sunday, November 6, for free or at low cost. Remember, daylight saving time ends on Sunday, so set your clock back an hour!
Premiering on TV on PBS Thirteen on Friday, November 4 at 9 p.m. ET, then streaming online for FREE
Last month, the amazing musicians of the New York Philharmonic returned to their Lincoln Center home, which reopened after a multiyear, $550 million renovation. This special was recorded live on October 28 and gives viewers a peek at the ensemble's glorious new surroundings. Led by music director Jaap van Zweden, the 90-minute concert features a performance of Beethoven's exhilarating "Ode to Joy" along with a world premiere by Puerto Rican composer Angélica Negrón celebrating the ritual of gathering to experience art. If you can't watch the program in real time, it will stream online until Friday, December 2.
Live-streaming on Sunday, November 6 at 8 p.m. ET for $25
Even though show-tune savant Seth Rudetsky is back doing shows in person, he hasn't completely abandoned the virtual realm. In fact, he's relaunched his weekly live-streamed concert series! Tonight his guest is Javier Muñoz, dubbed "the sexy Hamilton" when he took over for Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton on Broadway. An accomplished stage performer with roles in musicals (In the Heights, The Devil Wears Parade) and plays (The New Englanders), Muñoz will share songs and stories from his career, especially about Miranda, whom he's understudied for years in multiple shows.
Live-streaming Sunday, November 6 at 9:45 p.m. ET for $25
Let's hear it for the leading ladies! A half dozen Broadway divas show off their talent in this powerhouse concert. The lineup includes Jackie Burns (Elphaba in Wicked), Ali Ewoldt (Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera), Brennyn Lark (Eponine in Les Misérables), Taylor Symone Jackson (Mary Wilson in Ain't Too Proud), Megan Masako Haley (Gretchen Wieners in Mean Girls) and Ginna Claire Mason (Glinda in Wicked). Streaming live from the cabaret hub's swanky stage. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.
Streaming until Sunday, November 6 for $29
Philadelphia's lauded Wilma Theater, which premiered the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Fat Ham, recently presented an in-person production of Those with 2 Clocks, and a recording is available to stream through Sunday. The genre-defying evening fuses sketch, drag and cabaret performances for a comedic takedown of the patriarchy that climaxes in a subversive audience party. Watch with a cocktail in hand!
Streaming all weekend for FREE
All Arts is streaming In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams, an inspiring documentary about the Broadway journey of Lin-Manuel Miranda's first book musical. A Latin and hip-hop-infused love letter to immigrant striving and the upper Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights, the show bowed Off Broadway in 2007 and was such a smash, it transferred to the Main Stem the next year, where it won four Tony Awards including best musical.
Streaming Friday, November 4-Saturday, November 5 starting at $10
Attention VR fans! The innovative Oregon Shakespeare Festival is presenting its first-ever Quills Fest featuring an array of XR commissions, parties, virtual studio visits, demos and other events you can experience online. Some offerings require a VR headset, others can be accessed on your browser. This is cutting-edge theatrical storytelling!
Raven Snook is the Editor of TDF Stages. Follow her at @RavenSnook. Follow TDF at @TDFNYC.
Top image: Javier Muñoz, who is performing a live-stream concert on Sunday night.