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Top 5 Stage Performances to Stream This Weekend September 22-24

By: Raven Snook
Date: Sep 21, 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, September 22 to Sunday, September 24, for free or at low cost.

The Green Room 42: Sara Jean Ford: An Evening with the Aging Ingénue

Live-streaming on Friday, September 22 at 7 p.m. ET for $26

Broadway vet Sara Jean Ford (Cats, The Phantom of the Opera) brings her aging ingénue comedic alter ago Claire Cooke to the stage, a Broadway baby who's aged out of the roles she used to play. A middle-aged performer and mother (like Ford herself), she will not go quietly as she shares hilarious songs and TMI stories. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.

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Live from 54 Below: HOT DAM!

Live-streaming Friday, September 22 at 9:45 p.m. ET for $25
A cast of Broadway favorites, including Avenue Q Tony nominee Stephanie D’Abruzzo, The Cher Show's Teal Wicks and Kara Lindsay from Newsies, headline a concert reading of the new musical comedy HOT DAM!, about a colony of overworked beavers in upstate New York that threaten to walk out on their dam job and flood the town. The show follows five townsfolk as they tie up their loose ends before their home goes belly-up. Streaming live from 54 Below's swanky stage. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.

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National Theatre at Home: Hex

Streaming for $10 all weekend

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 Hex, a radical musical reinvention of the old Sleeping Beauty story with truly awesome design. 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.

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PBS Great Performances: Sutton Foster in Anything Goes

Streaming until Saturday, September 30 for FREE

PBS Great Performances presents Sutton Foster in 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.

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PBS Great Performances: Lea Salonga in Concert

Streaming until Saturday, September 30 for FREE

PBS Great Performances presents Lea Salonga's epic 2019 concert recorded live at the Sydney Opera House. Backed by a lavish orchestra, the Tony winner belts out numbers from her three-decade career, including "On My Own" from Les Misérables, "Why, God, Why?" from Miss Saigon and "A Whole New World" from Disney's animated movie Aladdin.

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Top image: Lisa Lambe as Fairy and Michael Elcock as Prince Bert in Hex, which is streaming on National Theatre at Home. Photo by Johan Persson.

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