Read about NYC's best theatre and dance productions and watch video interviews with innovative artists
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, October 27 to Sunday, October 29, for free or at low cost.
Airing on TV on PBS Thirteen on Friday, October 27 at 9 p.m. ET for FREE. Available to stream online until Friday, November 24.
Marvel at the breathtaking dancers of New York City Ballet in this 90-minute Great Performances episode recorded live on stage this past spring at Madrid's Teatro Real. The lineup features Serenade, the first full-length ballet created by George Balanchine in the US, as well as the legendary choreographer's Square Dance. The Times Are Racing by NYC Ballet's resident choreographer Justin Peck rounds out the evening.
Live-streaming Friday, October 27, Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29 at 7 and 9 p.m. ET for $20
Obie-winning theatre-maker Joshua William Gelb and his endlessly innovative Theater in Quarantine live-streams a digital reimagining of the legendary 1922 horror flick Nosferatu—the one with the scary (not sexy) vampire. A high/low-tech experience, this terrifying tale evokes old midnight movies with handcrafted puppets, retro design and throwback 3D effects.
Streaming Saturday, October 28 through Wednesday, November 1 for $35
On Monday, Broadway scene-stealer Jay Armstrong Johnson (Hands on a Hardbody, On the Town) resurrected the bewitching Sanderson Sisters from the cult classic Hocus Pocus for a high-camp Halloween performance, and now you can watch a recording online. Cackle at the holiday high jinks of Johnson (in the Bette Midler role) and his sorceress siblings played by Allison Godleski and Amanda Williams Ware as they welcome special ghoulish guest stars Justin Cooley (Kimberly Akimbo), Drew Gehling (Waitress, Almost Famous), Taylor Iman Jones (SIX), Robyn Hurder (Moulin Rouge!, A Beautiful Noise), RuPaul's Drag Race alum Marcia Marcia Marcia, Heath Saunders (Company) and Talia Suskauer (Wicked). Proceeds benefit the Ali Forney Center, which serves unhoused LGBTQ+ youth.
Live-streaming Sunday, October 29 at 7 p.m. ET for $25
This mash-up of monstrous Sondheim musicals returns for its annual Halloween edition. Lucia Spina and Alysia Velez from the recent Into the Woods revival and other Sondheim enthusiasts share their spooky takes on songs from two of the songwriter's most beloved shows. Streaming live from the cabaret hub's swanky stage. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.
Select shows live-streaming throughout the weekend at a sliding scale
Celebrate Halloween and Día de los Muertos with FRIGID New York's second annual Days of the Dead fest, which is live-streaming many of its spine-tingling shows from two East Village stages. This weekend you can catch Brokeneck Girls: The Murder Ballad Musical and Odisea and the Flowers of the Sun.
Airing on TCM on Saturday, October 28 at noon ET for FREE
As part of TCM's Halloween programming, the classics channel is broadcasting Sweeney Todd starring Angela Lansbury in her Tony-winning turn as the resourceful, amoral pie shop owner Mrs. Lovett. George Hearn, who replaced Len Cariou, is the barber who's just not that into her in this bloody great masterpiece by Stephen Sondheim