Top 5 Stage Performances to Stream This Weekend December 16-18
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, December 15, 2022  •  
Thu Dec 15, 2022  •  
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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, December 16 to Sunday, December 18, for free or at low cost.

Joe Iconis & Family in Concert

Streaming indefinitely for FREE

Tony-nominated songwriter Joe Iconis and some of talented pals, including Betty Buckley, Annie Golden and Will Roland, perform his pop-Broadway earworms in this rousing concert, which was recorded live at Lincoln Center's The Appel Room in February 2020. Best known for his viral musical Be More Chill and his contributions to the cult TV show Smash, Iconis presents concerts that feel more like music-filled parties, with catchy songs and hilarious stories. Find out why Gen-Z theatre geeks (like my teen) love this guy!

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Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration

Streaming indefinitely on ABC and Disney+

Be their guest at Disney's 30th anniversary Beauty and the Beast celebration. Premiering on ABC on Thursday, December 15 at 8 p.m. ET and available to stream on ABC.com and Disney+ thereafter, the special is similar to The Little Mermaid Live! from 2019, with the broadcast interweaving the classic, Oscar-nominated animated movie with recreations of the film's iconic musical numbers starring real-life performers, including Josh Groban as the Beast, R&B star H.E.R. as Belle, Joshua Henry as Gaston, Martin Short as Lumiere and David Alan Grier as Cogsworth. Rita Moreno hosts the special, which also includes behind-the-scenes stories about the original film's production from the cast, animators and songwriter Alan Menken.

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O Holy Night: Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir

Streaming until Tuesday, January 10, 2023 for FREE

After two years of reruns, this beloved annual tradition returns to PBS for the holidays. Tony nominee and Smash star Megan Hilty and screen actor Neal McDonough join the 500-member Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for this soulful seasonal celebration featuring popular holiday songs, classic Christmas carols, hymns and Irish folk music.

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Stephanie Blythe Is Blythely Oratonio in Blythely Ever After

Streaming indefinitely for FREE

Metropolitan Opera star Stephanie Blythe performs as her hilarious alter ago Blythely Oratonio in this playful, hour-long concert. Titled Blythely Ever After, the evening features the lauded mezzo-soprano crooning a wide array of arias, from opera to rock to pop.

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Nutcracker Marathon

Airing on All Arts on Sunday, December 18 at noon ET and also available to stream online for FREE

Starting at noon on All Arts, you can watch 12 hours of variations on The Nutcracker, including Anthony Williams' Urban Nutcacker, Hip Hop Nutcacker, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King and Prague National Theatre's traditional ballet. How's that for a holiday treat?

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

Top image: Megan Hilty, whose concert with The Tabernacle Choir. is streaming through mid-January.




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